Medical school is serious business, but it is also full of happy moments, successes, plus some funny experiences. So now that you are a medical student, don’t abandon your sense of humor – especially your ability to laugh at yourself. You are going to do some really dumb things, but it’s not the end of the world if you are honest about it, accept your mistake, make amends, laugh at yourself, move on, and don’t do it again. That’s why it’s called medical school.

Now some specific advice:

  • Have fun every day.
  • Learn to fly fish and get your best friends and partner(s) to join you.
  • When in doubt, send a thank you note. (Not email.)
  • Have a conversation with every one of your classmates before the year is out. They are incredible people, many of whom will be your friends from now on.
  • Learn to cook, and share recipes with your classmates. Here’s one to get you started:

Key Lime Pie

3/4 cup of key lime juice (Only key limes will do.)
1 can Eagle Brand Condensed milk
4 egg yolks
One graham cracker crust (pre-made)

Directions: Mix ingredients. Pour in crust. Refrigerate. Eat and tell everyone how difficult it was to make.

  • Have fun every day.

Ed Dodson, MD
Former Associate Dean for Admissions
Professor Emeritus of Neurology
Office of Admissions