Adjusting to medical school can be a challenging experience for almost all students. For many students, the pace, complexity, and density of academic work at medical school is far above what they have experienced before. Sometimes learning approaches that have worked well for you in the past will not be as successful in medical school. You may need to experiment with and adopt new methods of learning and study. You may find that you are not achieving the level of success to which you became accustomed in undergraduate education or other graduate programs. There are many ways in which the school, the university, faculty, and your peers can be helpful in adjusting to the demands of medical school.
The University Counseling Center - Academic Support Services:
The University Counseling Center's Academic Support Services programs can help students with study skills and time management.
The University Office of Disability Support Services:
The DSS assists students who have pre-identified learning disabilities or who believe they need professional assessment of learning behaviors. Students who have a pre-existing learning disability and plan to request accommodations for their disability MUST register with the DSS prior to beginning classes at the institution.
Your big sibling and other upper-class students can be excellent resources to help you adjust to the demands of medical school. They can provide helpful tips regarding the most effective learning resources and study techniques. After all, they have obviously succeeded in medical school and you can learn from their experience! Be on the look-out for the many peer-to-peer advising sessions that occur each year (these are frequently referred to as "pearl panels" where pearls of wisdom are offered to other students).
The primary teaching faculty at GW, including the course directors, are almost all full-time educators or have substantial time set aside for teaching. Thus, they are focused on your success and are available for meetings and counseling. Many course directors will hold regular reviews or office hours during which students can seek assistance and are also available by appointment for students who need individual assistance. If you are having difficulty in a course, the course director should almost always be your first stop in seeking assistance.
The GW chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society has provided free peer tutorial services to medical students for over 30 years. Dean Goldberg can help you link to one of these highly successful senior medical students to receive tutorial assistance.