How to get into medical school | Survival Guide

How to get into medical school | Survival Guide

studying at medical school is difficult? Will I be able to study and play sports at the same time?

They told me you have to be a genius in high school to study medicine! Do you think I can face this path?

How is it after the test? Is it different from high school?

In the end, even though this blog is meant to give you the best guides for preparing for the entrance test , these questions are inevitable. Especially for Medicine.

And I say they all fit.

It is more than normal to want to know better the path that will be tackled and, especially for Medicine, a faculty that is like Everest for mountaineers .

While the students I previously invited  to the Blog had to share the emotions and feelings related to the Faculty of Medicine, today’s article represents a real guide to better absorb the first impact with this course of study.



I won’t be the one to guide you, but Payam , a 5th year medical student and administrator of one of the largest Facebook communities dedicated to medical students: the Medicine student of Shit.

It is more than normal to want to know better the path that will be tackled and, especially for Medicine, a faculty that is like Everest for mountaineers (cit. Anwal: a message for future Medicine students ).

While the students I previously invited  to the Blog had to share the emotions and feelings related to the Faculty of Medicine, today’s article represents a real guide to better absorb the first impact with this course of study.

I won’t be the one to guide you, but Payam , a 5th year medical student and administrator of one of the largest Facebook communities dedicated to medical students: the Medicine student of Shit. 

How to get into medical school: Are you interested in studying medicine and want to know how things really are?

If you dare , keep reading this story: a horror story …

A story about how things really are!

When I was asked to tell my journey, I said to myself: well, why not? It might be useful to shed some light on some things.

And in fact I would like it to be useful, not the usual story: ” Sign up for medicine, everything is rosier “, which is the furthest thing from reality.

I will tell how the university world is as I know it, comparing, objectively,

the positive aspects with the negative ones, starting from the assumption that what I say can be told differently by another medical student, because obviously everyone experiences it differently.

How to get into medical school: University Choice

How to get into medical school


First of all: choose the university based on what you want and not based on what your relatives want.

It is not a foregone conclusion, many children choose this path only for the urges of their parents and clearly afterwards they find themselves in difficulty, having no interest in what they study.

Obviously if you want to study medicine thinking that one day you will become one of those stereotyped doctors of the TV series you follow, you are equally wrong.

My advice is to do something you like, informing yourself immediately about the job opportunities that the various paths on which you are undecided can offer you.

For example, if the idea is to make a lot of money you would be surprised that there are many better options.

You can choose medicine out of curiosity, because it is the one that allows you to learn more new things, because you like the human body, because there is nothing else that inspires you more, because you are sadistic and you like the work of the doctor, etc…

In short, you just need to care. So get informed!

How to get into medical school: Admission test to Medicine: an obstacle or a first exam?

If after all the considerations, after weighing the pros and cons of each faculty, you decide that the medical world actually interests you, you will have to prepare for the entrance test to Medicine.

Admission test to Medicine

But if you are interested in becoming a medical student, this test is nothing more than the first of many exams you will have to pass in order to graduate.

To pass it, as for any exam, just study.

But what is it?

Trivially it is a cross test that tests, as you know, your knowledge for subjects such as: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

These 4 subjects are then accompanied by Logic and General Culture.

There is a schedule of the required topics and there are books that explain them all with sufficient clarity.

These books together with the simulations and tests of the past years will allow you to pass this test with confidence.

However, every time, children who do not pass – because they were evidently not prepared on the required topics – together with their parents blame bad luck or the ministry or the “unacceptable” questions.

Then there are those who blame the anxiety factor , without realizing that not being able to manage anxiety in difficult situations is still as much a demerit as not knowing the answers when competing to become a doctor.

But don’t worry about them, start studying and filling your gaps as soon as possible. You will realize that the scores you make in the simulations will reach very high peaks once you have studied all the required program.

Of course if everyone memorized these summary books there would only be scores close to 100% (and in that case luck would count all right),

but luckily for you it never happens and the high inter-individual variability and the presence of scores close to 100% as well as scores below 0 indicate a different preparation among students.

Also remember that if a test is objectively difficult it is difficult for everyone in the same way.

Once you pass the test you’re finally in and it’s all downhill… Or so they’ll tell you.

You will immediately realize that that test you have passed and maturity, compared to what awaits you, are minutiae.

But I believe that the transition from “a few pages of a book” to “entire volumes” to be prepared once you enter the university world is a common thing for every faculty.

First year at the Faculty of Medicine: exams, professors and friends.

In the first year you must immediately get used to the amount of stuff to study.

That is?

To be clear: the anatomy exam is a hundred times larger than your high school exam, even if in every city it is faced differently, it is still necessary to understand, memorize and exhibit thousands of pages.

The professors are different:

  • those who read the slides;
  • those who give more information than the book;
  • those who talk at full speed and on examination demand that you know what they have said;
  • those who do not show up for class or notify the students (and not all students live near the university campus).

Then there are those who say one thing in class, another is written in the book, still another on the slides and at the exam they ask for things that are not scheduled …

You get used to understanding which lessons are essential for your training and which you can skip to devote your time to something else (individual study or card games).

Not all professors are impartial (but the situation is always better than high school) nor do they all use the same yardstick:

there are exams in which you can be questioned by 5 different commissions and depending on those in which you end up snatching a 30 it can be a simple thing or one of Hercules ‘ 12 labors.

Also in the first year you will get to know your future colleagues, in class with you.

There are different categories of classmates, I will list a few:

  • Those who will do anything to put a spoke in the wheel for the rest of the class, because they are idiots.

There are in all classes and can be found even before university.
They are small and frustrated people, who in decisions about exams, exam dates, etc … go in the opposite direction to the class, not for personal gain (usually their decisions are without logic) but because they think that if others go badly, they take a career leap.

And do you know what the beauty is? Which paradoxically  in the end are always the ones who lose out.

  • Those who study everything by heart, without understanding anything of what they read. Perhaps they are the same ones for which the course of study was decided by the parents.

Maybe they all take 30 individual exams, but they get to graduate without remembering anything.
Studying by heart is essential for passing exams, but if you don’t understand things, remembering the 1000-page tomes is much more difficult.

  • Those who dedicate themselves entirely to studying, isolating themselves from the world. They are sad people.


  • Those who know that we are all in the same boat, who study understanding things and share materials, oral questions, notes, etc. with everyone else .

Personally I have chosen my friends in the last category and I recommend you do the same.

I said that the amount of study is much greater than in high school, and it is objectively true.

But this does not mean that you will not have a social life, on the contrary: by finding a good compromise you can study music, play sports, attend university and even have a social life.

The trick?

It is learning to organize and find an appropriate study method.

Tip: Find friends to study with and help each other!

Warning: those who complain about doing nothing but studying are just anxious people or want to terrify you because they have fun like this.

Remember that around 10,000 people enter each year and almost all survive 6 or more years)!

In any case, study, work hard, stay with friends and have fun: the years will pass quickly!

(Don’t be put off by your former high school classmates who will start work or get married when you turn 3.)

If you set yourself mini-goals and pursue them consistently, it will also be pleasant to study.

Not to mention that most of the topics are really interesting and will open your mind to many issues.

From the third year: internship and patients.

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Around the third year you will start attending the wards of the university hospital near where you study.

Initially you will see very little and you will do very little.

Over time the terms used by doctors will become more and more familiar and you will not feel totally stupid.

Warning : you will notice that what happens in the hospital and patients are quite different from how they are studied in books!

Of course, even internships have their problems at times: little space for students, doctors who do not follow you or make you feel bulky, problems with shifts and so on.

But these are problems that have always existed, you will learn to manage them.

The internship will allow you to get an idea of ​​the work you want to do and which specialization to choose once the 6 years of study are over.

Right, because after 6 years, there will be a state exam to take and if you want to specialize in some area (cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, surgery, etc …), another test to pass.

Obviously, there are so few grants in this test that only a minority of graduates will be able to pass it and study another 3-5 years as postgraduates .

(Interns fortunately have a salary.)

I realize that now this last information is superfluous and once you get to the 6th year maybe the course will be totally different for you.

At the moment I think you are interested in whether you want to become a doctor or not.

I repeat: every university will be bearable and beautiful if the things you face are in your interests.

I hope I have clarified your doubts, if you need more information or advice do not hesitate to contact me.

In any case, I wish you all good luck and wish you many successes for the future.

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