UNC SOM graduates featured in Match Day Spotlight interview series

Recent School of Medicine graduates Brian Blank and Adam Ketner were both featured by "In-Training," an online magazine for medical students. They shared tips for succeeding in medical school and how they are preparing to begin their residency training.

In-Training: Looking back on your medical school experience, what would you say to the young and naïve “first-year you”?

Blank: Honestly, medical school has been a grind. I guess I’d say “it gets better!” Don’t give up the things that matter to you — like exercise!

In-Training: What things did you do that you believe were valuable to succeed the first two years in the classroom?

Blank: The first two years is all about gearing up for Step 1. If you don’t know what you want to do, then I’d put more emphasis on trying to figure that out as much as you can, like shadowing. But otherwise, doing practice questions and gearing up for that first big test is super important.

In-Training: What things did you do that you believe were valuable to succeed the second two years through clinical rotations?

Blank: I think it helped me to have had some real work experience before starting med school.  I felt comfortable relating to different kinds of (older) people, plus I had more to talk about with them.  It’s essentially just another job except you don’t get paid and the evaluations of you are pretty constant.

Read Blank's full interview here.


In-Training: What things did you do to maintain your sanity in medical school?

Ketner: Sanity — you have to be proactive about keeping it. If you’re not, medical school will take it from you. Find the things that make you happy and schedule time for them. There is always more studying that could be done, so you have to actively plan to take breaks.

In-Training: The floor is yours — what do you wish to share with current medical students?

Ketner: Lots of people love to give advice about medical school. Most of it won’t resonate with you or work for you. Listen to everything, but feel free to filter out the things that don’t work for you. You have to find the things that work for you; everyone is different.

Read Ketner's full interview here.

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