Having a job in med school

Having A Job In Medical School [Is It Possible?]

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Having a job in medical school – is it even possible? Is it even worth it?

In this post, I’m going to show you what to expect when it comes to having a job in medical school and how you can deal with it while managing to ace your studies.

So let’s get into it.

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A Job And Med School!? Is It Possible?

Is it possible to have a job during medical school? Is it even a good idea?

If you did get a job while studying, how could you make that work?

To make things short, the answer is YES. It is possible to have a job during medical school.

Obviously, it would be really nice and conducive if you could have a job that’s designed around your medical school schedule. Perhaps it could be something where you’re working in a library or maybe in a rec center.

It could also be a place where you can just be behind a desk or a job where you can use your medical knowledge, such as an anatomy teaching assistant or a tutor.

Is It Worth It?

Now, that really depends on how well you are at time management.

In my experience, after having spent some time in medical school, I finally figured out how many hours I needed to study and how many hours I had left in the day.

It was at that point that I could say, “Well, why not make some money instead of sitting at home and doing the same thing?”

But if you’re somebody who’s struggling with your time management and struggling to get through all your work in one day, adding a job on top of your studies is probably not the most advantageous thing to do.

Is it worth it in terms of the money?

We would all like to say yes to this, but most of the time you’re probably not going to get paid a crazy amount unless you’re a tutor or something similar. There are situations where the money may not be worth the time that you’re spending.

Just keep in mind that you’re now going to commit and sacrifice more time for studying, and that just requires you to be a little bit more efficient with your time.

My Work Experiences

During my first few years, I had actually worked at the student rec center.

I would check in people who visited the center or even help out with selling them Gatorade after a basketball match or gym session.

The job was really nice since it gave me enough time to do my homework or even study while on the job. I would either do my studying or listen to lectures while reviewing and sitting at the desk.

Towards the end of my med school career, I found myself working as a scoreboard keeper for the intramural basketball games and also as an anatomy teaching assistant, which definitely paid really well.

As a plus, working as an anatomy teaching assistant really forced me to study anatomy a lot.

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Tips On Working And Studying In Med School

Now, for most people, I probably wouldn’t recommend having a job in medical school.

Or at the very least, I would say, Wait until you have your productivity system set first.”

If you want a job, wait a little until your first year of medical school is done, then you’d have your studying routine in the bag.

You can start making more money during your second, third, and definitely your fourth year of medical school. You probably aren’t doing very much by then. (To those of you who have already graduated from medical school, you know what I mean!)

Obviously, there are going to be some of you who are maybe supporting yourself or your family, or maybe you just want to easily pay off your loans or have some spending money… and at that point, a job and extra income really do go a long way.

Here are some tips I have for you if you’ve decided to take the route of having a job in medical school.

Tip #1: Take A Part-Time Job

Ideally, try to do it in a part-time situation if you’re able to.

For most med students, I don’t recommend a full-time job just because it’s probably not possible.

Even those jobs where you’re working every single evening feel a little bit unrealistic.

But if you do choose to go down that route I recommend that you have a really clear visualization – a schedule laid out on a calendar where you can say, “These are the blocks that I have open to work, and these are the blocks that I’ve given to myself for studying.”

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Tip #2: Master Your Schedule

Definitely try to have a calendar on what kind of responsibilities you want to take and where – both for medical school as well as your work.

If you’re working in the evenings of your Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through Sunday, that means you’re really going to have to make the most use out of your Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Those nights can’t be spent on TV.

They can’t be spent hanging out with friends or significant others.

They really have to be spent doing your studying and reviewing for exams.

That way, if you don’t have the advantage of studying while you’re at your job, then you can just work without feeling that stress and guilt of whether or not you’ll be able to do well in an exam.

Study First Or Job First?

I’m pretty notorious for saying, “Schedule your priorities first and then fit your studying into your schedule.”

In this situation, however, I’d probably do the opposite where I would say, “Well, one of my priorities is to work. These are the hours that I’m dedicating to studying, so even if I was offered a shift during this time, I would not take it.”

Just make sure you’re prioritizing your studying because med school will get more overwhelming if you add a job on top of it.

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So is it possible to have a job in med school? Absolutely!

Is it worth it in terms of the money? Yes, but most of the time you wouldn’t get paid much unless you are a tutor.

But just keep in mind that you are sacrificing your time for studying and that requires you to be more efficient.

If you want to share your work experiences while in med school or if you have questions, add it in the comments section down below or let me know by sending an email to [email protected].

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