Don’t be a dead shark, and other advice for new medical students

*Originally posted on our blog on August 6, 2015

This week marks the beginning of medical school for many students across the globe. Starting medical school can be both exciting and daunting — students will learn an encyclopedia’s worth of medical knowledge and gain new insights every day. And soon, they’ll apply their learning to help care for patients from all different walks of life.

We asked a few members of the Figure 1 community what advice they would give to students on their first day of medical school. Here’s what they had to say to the next generation:

1. @Pheo, Radiologist

“To quote one of my favorite movies, Annie Hall, ‘A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.’ Medical education is the same way. Keep learning. Don’t be a dead shark.”

2. @Dermacentor, Dermatologist

“Never be in a rush to specialize or get above the rest. Take time, find out what you love, and leave the rest to the future.”

3. @CincyKidsRad (Dr. Saad Ranginwala)

“Remember why you decided to become a doctor and enjoy and contribute at every point in the process, whether it is as a student, a resident, or a full-fledged physician. There are so many ways to learn as new alternative resources continue to become more popular, so find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to think differently. It’s the only way real progress is made.”

4. @Penguinophile, Radiologist

“Remember to be kind and considerate to everyone, from your attending and the rest of the healthcare team to the janitor and the parking staff. Learn the names of everyone you come in contact with on a daily basis and you will have a wealth of resources at your disposal no matter what you need. A good attitude will take you much farther than knowing Harrison’s inside and out.”

5. @Dottore, Family Medicine (Dr. Tony Margiotta)

“Never be afraid to say ‘I don’t know.’ And if you don’t know — ASK!”

Good luck to all the new students.

The Figure 1 Team