Commandment 1: Do not be afraid to ask for help

There comes a point in everyone’s graduate school class and especially in medical school where you feel you reached your breaking point.  Most often this point comes when the work piles on fast and the content is getting more and more complex. The most important step in any medical student’s maturation is making the realization that it is okay to ask for help.

Help can come in many different forms. It can be through changing your study strategy, changing your daily routine, talking to other medical students, or even talking to people outside of medicine. In terms of asking for help we highly recommend seeking it out. For many schools, there are academic enrichment of advising offices that help guide students.

These individuals are valuable resources because they are here to provide you some structure and guidance. It is hard to swallow the fact that you need help when usually medical students may have never failed or struggled their whole academic career. But we are here to tell you 1) everyone struggles, 2) everyone needs help, and 3) it is normal to seek out help.

When you have exhausted our institutional resources, we often found guidance is best delivered by upper classmen who have been in your shoes. Lean on these individuals to pick their brain and ask how they handled a class, clinical obligations, study strategies, or day-to-day life. In the end, never be afraid to ask for help, because in life you will receive only what you ask for.

P.S. If you are for whatever reason in need of more help and are embarrassed or uncomfortable or not sure where to turn, always feel free to reach out to us here at DaVinci Academy.