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Starting as a medical student 

Starting as a medical student
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Starting as a medical student
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2019

Chapter 1 provides a plethora of practical tips on starting out as a medical student. In particular, notes on documentation required before starting medical school, student loans, living arrangements, and occupational health clearance will be of practical use to all students. Tips on what to purchase before starting (books, laptop, etc.) and which stethoscope to buy are presented. An approach to finances at medical school is outlined: budgeting for rent, bills, food, travel, stationery, books, and entertainment is as important as recognizing key sources of funding (student loans, organizations, bank loans, etc.). A guide to maximizing the first week at medical school/freshers’ week is offered including the most important societies to consider for medical students. Balancing work and other aspects of life is key to a sustained and happy career: an overview of strategies to manage stress is outlined. The transition from sixth form to medical student entails specific responsibilities which are helpfully summarized, as are tips on being a successful student doctor.

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