Dean Moscoso enjoys the SNMA conference with Dean Awad.

Congratulations and welcome to medical school. Balance will be a challenging virtue to achieve while you are a student and likely for the rest of your life. Know you may find your life unbalanced at times. Medical school is demanding of your time and energy. However, you can be aware of what you may need to do to regain and maintain a healthy balance. Here are a few bits of advice that might be useful:

Build relationships — You’re going to need a strong community of support on this journey. You need not look far. Many future lifetime friends, colleagues, mentors, and advisors surround you.

  • Respect others in your actions and words.
  • Appreciate your family and friends. Stay connected.
  • Exercise.
  • Play outside.
  • Laugh.
  • See the beauty in each day.

Life will bring challenges, so please ask for help or support if you need it. And participate in or lead a student-run program.

Lisa Moscoso, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Office of Medical Student Affairs