There are several medical students that have already started their first year. My school is one of the institutions that begins during the Summer, unfortunately LOL. Nevertheless, this post can be helpful to not only those that have already begun, but to those that are gearing up to start in the Fall. Target usually has a pretty nice sale on school supplies well before grade school students begin, and I personally like to be the first in line to purchase some things I consider to be necessities (for the most part). If you know any better you'd get there early too. Mom's don't play around when it:
A) comes to their kids.
B) involves sales.
C) signifies a time when kids are going back to school.
I'm just kidding around, although, those were all true for my mother. Anyways, here goes the countdown of supplies needed for med school success. Well, not really success, I just thought I'd be a little dramatic lol.
15) To Do Notepad
Carrying around a bunch of course packs or books are mad annoying. So I consolidate all my material according to tests. For example, everything that's on Exam 1 will be in my binder at the same time. Then once that exam is over I switch out that material for Exam 2's material.
11) Paper Clips
10) Lip Balm ;)
No one wants chapped lips when sitting in lecture for 4+ hours. Muah :)
Last, I take notes in classes that don't come with a course pack as well (i.e. OMM---> Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for those that aren't aware).
7) LARGE WALL Day Calendar
6) Wite-Out or Correction Tape
We all make mistakes people...it's not just me LOL. I can't stand to look at scratch outs/strike throughs either :S I purchased this in bulk as well. Here's the link Amazon-White Out Bulk
Most schools have gotten with the times and now allow us to stream lectures either while they're happening or after they've aired live. Also, many people use a study system that requires a computer. But don't get me wrong a lot of schools also have computer labs. So if you don't want a laptop or simply can't afford on there are other methods you can use.
Studying for hours and hours can do numbers on your back and neck (thank goodness for OMM practice LOL). This bookstand helps to minimize the angle that you have to hold your head while studying. You can look straight ahead (for the most part) rather than looking down (OUCHHHH). Hey...no endorsement deal here BTW. I got this idea from a fellow med student. I bought this off of Amazon-Rosemary Bookstand and the shipping cost more than the actual product LOL (just a heads up). But my neck and back thank me for the purchase. They have different sizes too.
2) Watch or Timer
1) 2nd year COMLEX or USMLE Prep Books
Well, that's all I have for you. If there's anything else you'd like to know just comment below! I hope this was helpful :) Ohhhh, most of everything I talked about was purchased from Amazon (yet another company I feel like I should have stock in) and I try to buy them in bulk (i.e. the tabs, highlighters, white out, post-its, pens, etc). Good luck my fellow comrades!