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Coping with the challenges of med school Pain Points

Strategies for the different phases of learning

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Coping with the challenges of med school

Pain Points

Strategies for the different phases of learning

Pain Points

Building a professional identity

Purpose & Leadership

A framework for understanding your meaning and purpose

Purpose & Leadership

How do I do…

Tools

Useful resources for professional development

Tools

Meaning and Purpose

My purpose in medicine is…

A framework for understanding your meaning and purpose

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Welcome to PurposeMD

This site is dedicated towards serving medical students and trainees with finding meaning, community, and purpose in school.

All the resources on this site are (and always will be) free. If you are looking for a certain type of content that isn’t currently on this site or are interested in contributing content (e.g. write a guest blog post), please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

THE FOUR RESOURCES

Navigating the resources of this website

Pain Points

Medical school is less like one experience and more like four separate experiences. Studying for basic science is very distinct from clerkships. Each experience has its challenges and “pains”.

Adjusting to medical school: How do I balance school with lifestyle?

Preclinical learning: How do I develop a study plan that works for me?

Clinical learning (clerkships, Sub-I’s): How do I fit into the care team? 

Professional choices & interviewing: How do I make a choice about specialty?

In each phase, we have identified “pain points” and have offered some perspective for you to consider, which we hope will help you to navigate the phase more successfully.

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Purpose and Leadership

There’s a whole “other curriculum” around meaning, purpose, and leadership that medical schools generally ignore. We think medical school is the critical time to cultivate one’s meaning and purpose to leverage one’s talents to create a unique vision of oneself as a doctor.

This resource provides a framework for developing your meaning and purpose in medicine. 

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Tools

This section contains useful tools to help medical students create a meaningful experience for themselves while in medical school. How do I create a schedule for myself? How do I create a mission statement? How do I network to develop mentors? How do I interview? (If there is a tool that you would like for us to post, please let us know know)

Browse the set of tools and resources to see which ones might be useful to you for your current phase of medical school

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Blogs

There’s a large community of doctors, educators, and students who care about the development of physician leaders. Engage in the conversation. Develop ties to this community. (If there is a topic that you would like for us to blog about, please let us know)

Check in to the site regularly for new postings

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Latest Blogs

The Most Important Career Advice

The Most Important Career Advice

Two weeks ago, a medical student contacted me to seek some career advice. I was prepared to offer my usual reassurance and support, but the advice he was seeking was different. He asked, “Should I take a year off to pursue an internship with a public relations firm?”...

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Public Speaking Tips for Medical Students

Public Speaking Tips for Medical Students

You look down at your notes, organized perfectly from the Subjective information down to the Plan, and feel your palms sweating. Your heart starts to race, your breathing becomes heavier and more laborious. You feel the collective gaze of the clinical staff –...

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The Power of Networking in Medical School

The Power of Networking in Medical School

In my experience, Networking has been neither familiar nor comfortable to most medical students. In my second year I attended a lunch lecture on Leadership, and when the topic of networking arose a first year asked, “isn’t networking kind of like using people?” That...

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Why This Website?

Medical school is hard. It’s hard to learn all that anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology in such a short amount of time. It’s hard to learn to take care of a patient, to show up in a new clinical team as a medical student and try to fit in, to work a 12-hour shift, and to make a decision about your specialty. All those things, among others, make medical school so hard. But it doesn’t have to be…

This is a resource and blog for medical students. This website is not designed to spoon-feed answers. Rather, it is meant to offer perspective and important tools to trigger the type of professional thinking to make your medical school experience purposeful, and to help you build the foundation for a meaningful career as a physician.

This website was started by Tony and Eli to serve medical students on their journey towards purpose in medicine.