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Making the Most of Your Summer: Productive Ways for Med Students to Prepare for the Next School Year

By Dr. Kat May 31, 2024

For most medical students, the academic year has ended and you are looking forward to a well-deserved summer break. While it's tempting to spend this time catching up on Netflix or doing anything not related to school, the summer break presents a valuable opportunity to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the next school year. Here are some productive ways to make the most of your summer break: 


Invest in Self-Care and Wellness

Maybe we joke about Netflix, but self-care and time to recharge are both important! Amidst the academic demands of medical school, use the summer break as an opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate both physically and mentally. Incorporate activities that promote relaxation and stress relief, such as exercise, meditation, mindfulness practices, fun hobbies, and spending time with loved ones. Create lasting habits that you can maintain when you return to your academic or clinical activities.  

Ready to add some mindfulness practice to your days? Check out our free mindfulness sessions with Dr. Kovakovich as part of the free ClubMedEd resources! 


Explore Special Interests and Electives

Summer break is a great time to explore special interests and pursue elective opportunities in your field of study. Whether it's volunteering at a local clinic, shadowing a physician, or participating in research projects, these experiences can provide valuable insights and help you clarify your career goals. Reach out to faculty members or mentors for guidance on finding relevant opportunities. These experiences can help you develop essential clinical skills, build confidence, and make meaningful contributions to patient care. 


Review and Reinforce Core Concepts

Use the summer break to review and reinforce core concepts from the previous school year. Take some time to revisit lecture notes, study materials, or Dr. Williams’ videos to ensure that key principles are fresh in your mind. You might think about creating a study schedule or using spaced repetition techniques to help retain information faster and with less effort. 

Review key topics with ClubMedEd’s FREE Clinical Qbank!  


Prepare for Licensure Exams

For medical students approaching their final years of study, summer break is an opportune time to begin preparing for licensure exams. Consider enrolling in review courses, using study resources like question banks and flashcards, and creating a study plan to ensure adequate preparation. Online resources such as OnlineMedEd offer comprehensive study materials and practice questions to help students succeed on these critical exams. 

Engage in productive activities such as reviewing core concepts, exploring special interests, gaining clinical experience, preparing for licensure exams, and prioritizing self-care and wellness so you can make the most of your summer break and set yourself up for success in your medical journey. So, seize the opportunity, make a plan, and make this summer your most productive yet! 


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