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Infographic: What ADHD Looks Like In Med School

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A Learning Specialist Looks At ADHD In Med School 

In this series, STATMed founder Ryan Orwig examines life as a doctor or medical student with ADHD. He outlines how ADHD affects your ability to study, take tests effectively, and manage your time. And he shares common patterns he’s observed with ADHD-affected medical students and physicians.

Over the years, we have worked with scores of incredibly intelligent, high-achieving med students and doctors with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). And we’ve heard a lot of assumptions other people have made about their perceived disadvantages when it comes to a career in medicine. Our students have heard everything from “you can’t have ADHD — you’re in med school!” to “everyone always says they have ADHD, is that even a real thing?” ADHD is absolutely real. But it doesn’t spell the end of a medical career. 

While every person’s experience is different, we’ve noticed five common areas where students may struggle with ADHD in medical school, and we’ve identified ways to mitigate them. These areas include:

  • Distractibility
  • Impulsivity
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Workflow and Productivity

We break down what this may look like for medical students and professionals with ADHD in the following infographic. 


Interested in learning tangible ways to help manage ADHD in medical school? Check out our STATMed Study Skills Class.


ADHD In Med School 

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