George Tkalych – Three Tips for First Year Medical Students

Posted: December 18, 2015 in Health care
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George Tkalych is a retired ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon who practiced medicine for over 30 years. He received his Medical Doctor degree in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his residency in 1980 via the ENT program at the University of Western Ontario. He still remembers medical and looks back on those years fondly. Here are a few tips for first-year medical students.

First-year medical students should not get into the habit of cramming information before an exam. Everyone is guilty of doing this at a point in their educational journeys, but it is not an effective way of learning the material. First-year medical students should try and read ahead if they have time. That way when the subject matter comes up in class later on, they can ask for clarification on anything they did not understand.

Study groups can either be very helpful or detrimental for first-year medical students. Study groups are a great way to meet people and can be useful for educational purposes if everyone is focused on learning the material. However, some study groups are mainly formed for the social aspect, which is fine, but come test time, study groups will not be the best way to study.

It is important that first-year medical students do not get down on themselves. Everyone does poorly on a test in medical school at one point. What matters is that you get the grades to pass med school because even the person who finishes last in the class gets to call themselves a doctor.

George Tkalych served as the head of the ENT department in a number of hospitals in Alabama and Georgia.

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