In Danger of Failing Med School or the Boards?
At STATMed Learning, we take a hard look at a topic people rarely discuss: failing in medical school. For many, getting into med school is the ultimate dream. It's the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and countless hours of studying. The possibility of failure isn't even on their radar. But, between being responsible for an overwhelming amount of information at a nearly impossible speed, it can become the reality.
We've spent a lot of time talking to our alumni about their "crisis points" — or their darkest hour in med school, when they realized they were about to fail board exams, med school, or lose sight of their dreams. And what we've found is that there are often common patterns causing their problems — patterns that can be corrected!
We designed our STATMed Study Skills Class and our Boards Test-Taking Workshop to help medical students and physicians overcome these challenges.
Why is Med School so Hard?
There's no doubt about it, med school is hard. For starters, there’s an astronomical amount of information coming at you at an unrelenting pace. And you’re accountable for all if it! Many students go from great success in previous environments to failing in med school and the frustration only adds to the difficulty. To top it all off, no one teaches smart students the best ways to study in general, or how to study in med school or for boards in particular. Here are 15 of the most common reasons students struggle in school or on boards.