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Back to School Guide for Healthcare Students

Back to School Guide for Healthcare Students


Get in the Right Mind-Set

Whether you spent the summer lounging on the beach, volunteering for the Red Cross, or waiting tables at your local diner, you probably didn’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about classes, books, and term papers. Not is the time to get back into “school mode.” Here are four ways to start thinking like a student again:

1. Read Up on the Latest Healthcare News. To start thinking like a healthcare student again, reacquaint yourself with the most up-to-date healthcare news. Did you hear about how Pfizer Inc., the world’s largest drugmaker, has to pay $2.3 billion for unlawful prescription drug promotions? What do you think about the healthcare debate? Should doctors be protected by the government if they euthenize patients at crowded hospitals?

You peers and professors alike will be impressed with your knowledge of the latest healthcare news, and keeping up with the times will help create a pattern that will turn you into a better healthcare professional in the end.


2. Cut Out the Trashy T.V. You spent the summer watching re-runs of Grey’s Anatomy, but that doesn’t exactly have anything to do with being a student. Turn off the TV, or substitute your usual two hours of I Love New York for an hour of watching informative healthcare videos online.

Turning off the boob tube will leave more time for studying, office hours, of volunteer work – all of which will benefit you more than finding out who gets kicked off the latest reality show.

3. Meet Your Professors. Many professors hold office hours even before classes begin. Make the extra effort to introduce yourself, ask questions, and show your interest in the class. Your professor will remember you, and you will be taking the first step toward acquiring the all-so-important reference.

4. Start a Study Group. Never underestimate the power of networking! Post a flyer or send an email about starting a study group before the class has started. A study group can not only help your through the class, it will also guarantee that you have familiar faces on the first day.

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