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Medical school offers! The calm before the storm

by , 29 April, 2016
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Offers are out!  A huge congratulations to those who received graduate medicine offers and commiserations to those who missed out. We're very excited to hear from those of our students that were successful, so please drop us a line and let us know!

If you’re sitting pretty on an offer, you are hands-down facing the best summer because it means no GAMSAT® Exam study for you!  And with the weather finally coming good and more Messina stores than ever before, you’d think people would be ready to kick back and enjoy the silly season.

Interestingly though, past students I’ve tutored will get in touch and eagerly ask about study materials so they can tackle some pre-readings before uni commences next year.  Now I know it’s super exciting to finally get your offer, but trust me when I say that nothing you can do over the summer will make even the slightest difference to your ability to cope with the medical school curriculum.  Perhaps you’ll find the first couple of weeks less crazy but at the end of the day, you’re going to be totally overwhelmed with content and the pace of learning, so you may as well just enjoy your break and be fresh for next year.

Having said that, it is worth putting your feelers out there to see if there are any past notes floating around (there will be) and do all the downloading/organising now (your future self will thank you when a week out from your first assessment you can’t find that amazing drugs summary that you remember seeing in the mammoth dropbox of past notes). 

Besides that, my best tip to prepare for uni is to relax (once your final uni assessments are over of course) and enjoy the summer.  If you’re still working, try not to make too huge a dent in your savings over Christmas (you’ll need them, badly) and if you’re quitting a job, consider resigning/taking leave a week or two before uni starts so you can unwind just in time to get all wound up again.

Once again, congratulations and enjoy what is in my opinion, the best part of medical school*.

*Kidding (kind of).