Commandment 3: Do and do not trust what you hear

Medical school is a competitive and difficult environment to work within. Many people can be a good life long friend and others can be fake as dollar store rolex. The point of this post is to understand that advice from peers and seniors is great but take it with a grain of salt.  

The best advice is honestly your own experience. This makes medical school tough but the reality is that your experience is often far different from even those you are close with or trust. The way I think about this is that medicine is when specialization actually starts to show through in academics. Some people gravitate toward certain educational concepts such as cardiology or infectious disease while others gravitate toward musculoskeletal systems or neurology. It is when these differences show through that people will excel or lag behind.  So when someone loves cardiology and cardiovascular physiology is a breeze to them, understand that that situation may not be the same for you.

Trust what has gotten you to where you are at for so long. You have always been an excellent student and your fundamentals are in place. Never rely too heavily on peer or senior input because it may lead you astray. At the end of the day you are your own ally in this fight and reflect on what people tell you but make an educated decision about what you hear as it pertains to you.

P.S. I was taught that the saying “take it with a grain of salt” comes from an ancient Roman saying. It was conveyed to me (not sure if this is right or wrong) that during the Roman ages people were often poisoned through consuming food and drink. Elders in the community would say take [food or drink] with a grain of salt because it was believed that salt would counteract the negative effects a poison.