8 Traits Necessary to be Successful in Medical School

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in the medical field and helping people, but don’t know if you have what it takes, here’s a quick look at a few of the traits that are especially helpful.

  1. Perseverance

The road to becoming a medical professional is one that’s quite long. If you’re pursuing a Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy or even a career as a neurosurgeon, you’ll need to have the ability to keep marching forward even when things become difficult. You’ll have to be able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off following each problem that comes into your path. 

  1. Discipline

Self-discipline is something that can be either taught or inherited. You’ll need to be able to stay on task no matter what else might be happening in your life. This is critical to practice continuously because once you leave college and enter the medical profession, distractions can be everywhere, but the patients still need to have your attention.

  1. Humility

You know you’ve seen them before – those people in the medical profession who think the sun rises and sets on them and them alone. It’s important that you learn a bit of humility. Yes, challenge yourself to always be the best you can be, but realize that the people around you also have knowledge, skills, and value.

  1. Play Well With Others

This is one of those skills that you need to practice before even thinking about going to college and can be practiced by working with study groups in school. These days, medicine is carried out largely by teams and as such, you’ll need to know how to be a team player. Take part and do whatever it is you need to do in order to see that your patients get the care they need and deserve. 

  1. Intelligence

You don’t need to be the next Stephen Hawking, and quantifying this trait can be a bit tricky, but take a look at the grades you’re bringing in in order to measure your success as a student. College and medical school aren’t on an even playing field with high school and if you’re struggling in high school classes, this might not be the right path for you.

  1. Adaptation

During your clinical years, you’ll need to go through quite a few different rotations, and you’ll have to have an open mind and be flexible within these workplaces. You’ll end up being exposed to a variety of teams of people as well as different subjects in rapid succession and will need to adapt to changes accordingly.

  1. Empathy

People coming into doctors’ offices and other medical establishments can be dealing with a number of things. You need to have the ability to put yourself in their shoes to gain an understanding of what they’re dealing with. Any biases or judgements you may have don’t have any place at all in the examination room or at the patient’s bedside.

  1. Enthusiasm

This trait will always assist you with remaining motivated to get through study material and can be critical in order to make it through your clinicals. You have to put a solid effort into every single thing you do if you want to succeed. Also, the more interest you have in something, the easier it is to learn. 

Finally, it’s a big help to not be squeamish about the human body and what is in it as well as what comes out of it. 

Becoming a medical professional has its benefits, but it’s also something that takes a LOT from those who pursue it. If you stay in school and study hard you can do it.

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