W.A.R.M. Up to Avoid Burnout

by Yasmin Bains COM 2020

yasmin-bains-photo“Burnout” has unfortunately become a popular buzzword within the medical community. I didn’t realize how real this problem was until I encountered it myself before starting medical school. When I decided to change careers and pursue medicine, I felt assured that years of working in a high stress environment with varwarm-logo2ious start-ups had prepared me adequately to deal with the challenges that lay ahead.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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A Memo to Students who have been Disappointed with their Test Grades

Inspired by Richard Felder, Ph.D.

Dear student,

Many of you have told me that your test grades don’t reflect your understanding of the material and asked me what you should do to keep the same thing from happening on the next test. This is my response. Below you’ll find a set of questions about how you’ve been preparing for tests. I suggest that you print this memo and respond to the questions as honestly as you can, and then refer back to the memo and the questions several times before the next test. The question “How should I prepare for the test” becomes easy once you’ve filled out the checklist. The answer is “Do whatever it takes to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of the questions.”

Good luck,
Richard Felder

To see the checklist…

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J&B: I’m nervous! How can I get a good start in grad school?

Dear J & B,

I’m not performing as well as I would like. I don’t attend lectures. I do spend 3 hours per hour of lecture watching media site. I’m a visual learner so I color code my notes. I then try to draw all the mechanisms. I’m studying all of the time, yet I never have time to do more than 1 pass through the material.

— Overwhelmed and Underperforming.

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5 Simple ways to stay focused on your goals

From CoachingPositivePerformance.com

Do you struggle with reaching your goals? The reality is that most people do struggle. When you set goals for yourself, you undoubtedly have the very best of intentions. You want to succeed with your goals and reap the many benefits that come with making successful and important changes in your life. However, there is something that you may fail to account for in your goal planning i.e. life itself. Just when you are ready to take the necessary actioarcherns and make those vital changes; life gets in the way and you are unable to remain focused on your goals. If you cannot remain focused on your goals, you will lose momentum and fail to make the progress you desire. This soon leads to a loss of confidence and motivation.

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Hot Link: Study Finds Studying a Big Appetite Stimulant

Why are we hungry when we study? Scientists at the University of Alabama found that intense mental activity, like studying for exams and boards, stimulates hunger more than physical exercise. Click on this link for the full article.

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Student Insight: Hiroe Serves a ‘Big Picture Sandwich’

Hiroe Hu is a student in Touro University California’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Know the big picture.” Despite its simplicity, this was one of the best pieces of advice that I ever received in medical school (thank you, Dr. Lin!). Over the past year, this has become my mantra that served me well in both my academic and personal life.

My study strategy almost always involves the “big picture sandwich.” First, I listen to lecture or watch YouTube videos to grasp the summary of the material. My second pass would be a more in-depth look into the materials: reading the slides, referencing textbooks, memorizing facts, and taking notes to put the knowledge into my own words.

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Doctor finds a reminder of the humanity at the heart of medicine

Jean Robey MDThis moving story by Arizona Dr. Jean Robey is a delicate, well-written exploration of a patient’s decision to allow himself to pass away.

“Hello? Hello, Mr. Bertsie. It’s Dr. Robey. I wanted to call you and check on you,” I said into the phone stopping my constant wrestling with papers and resting what was in my hands on my lap. Mr. Bertsie and I were meeting in the equinox.

“Oh, hello Doctor,” he said with a little relief, a little surprise, a little delight in his voice. “I’m doing OK. I walked the dog today.”

“Mr. Bertsie. Did everything go ok yesterday?” I pressed.

“Oh yes. They were all very nice and got me right in. I am glad to be done with it,” he confessed.

To read on, click here.

A year in the life of a med student (with tunes)

Med student Danielle Saenz made a wonderfully joyful video by using a second or two recorded during each day of her grueling fourth year, set to upbeat music. The good news is that it looks like she found lots of opportunities to live life in between epic bouts of work and study.

[This Is How You Eat A Buick from Danielle Saenz on Vimeo.]

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Dear Dr. J: You Can Catch Up!

Dr. J is Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban.

Dear Dr. J,

I am already getting behind and I’m worried I’ll never catch up! What do you recommend?

— Behind the Wheel on Mare Island

catch-upDear Behind,

Use your week-ends to catch up and get ahead. You have 48 hours. Even if you give yourself 9 hours of sleep, 2 hours of exercise and time for breaks, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up. The most important thing is to create a study plan. Research on study strategies has demonstrated that good students create a study plan and stick to it. Once you’ve made your schedule-set it in stone. Make a commitment to follow it.

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Entertaining TED Talk on Procrastination

4d10247c2b89098e6f7103065276923e9432e914_2880x1620Blogger Tim Urban wrote so many smart and lively posts about procrastination, they gave him a TED talk on the topic! 

For more, you can visit Urban’s own blog. Here at EfficientLearning.org, we also have our own series of posts on procrastination exploring the problem and possible cures:

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