It’s not uncommon for incoming medical students to worry about the different types of exams they’ll need to take in med school. They’re probably different from tests you took in your undergrad, and the stakes are higher. Keep reading and we’ll discuss a few of the tests you’ll encounter in med school, as well as key strategies for dealing with them.
Medical school is challenging for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be frustrating. Faculty want their students to succeed, and you’ll find ample support and preparation at every step of your training. Moreover, even when it comes to high-stakes medical school exams like the USMLE and COMLEX, a little bit of effort applied consistently over time goes a long way. Finally, self-care is always number one; everything comes more easily when one maintains their mental and physical health. No matter how busy things get, always make time for yourself!
Adam Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas as well as an associate degree in liberal arts from Collin County Community College. He went on to complete an ScM in Medical Sciences at Brown University where his work focused on improving screening rates of community health center patients at risk for diabetic retinopathy. He is presently completing his medical degree at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.