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The best of the internet: Back to school edition

News, tips, and tools to get you ready for another successful semester

The weather is getting cooler. The leaves are starting to change. The excitement – and anxiety – is starting to build. That can mean only one thing: it’s back-to-school season for Canadian medical students. To keep your head straight and your eyes on the prize, check out this curated collection of stories, videos, and posts, all designed to help you prepare yourself for another successful semester in med school.


From musician to physician: Why medical schools are recruiting for musical ability

Memorial University in Newfoundland has discovered that a musical background is a good predictor of med school success. “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.” (via CBC)

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Note Taking Tips from a Medical School Student

A good system of note-taking is essential for a medical school student. YouTuber StriveToFit demonstrates how she was able to find one that worked for her: “During my first year as a medical school student I got a chance to try out different techniques of taking notes, and, in this video, I share the best note-taking method that worked for me.” (via YouTube)

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Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

South of the border, The New York University School of Medicine has announced that it will be covering the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates. (via The New York Times)

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Unexpected, unspoken, super-secret lifehacks for surviving med school

Forget the usual advice—here are the real tips and tricks that will get you through your program with your soul intact. From mindfulness practice to making enemies (and even having more sex), find out how you can start your next phase of school on the right path. (via onboardMD)

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5 Memory-Boosting Tips for Medical School

There is still great emphasis on memorization during medical school from year one through graduation. Whether quizzes, presentations of patient cases or national board examinations, memorization is required. You can practice these techniques for medical school success. (via U.S. New & World Report)

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onboardMD Team

The onboardMD team brings you news, insights and real-life stories from students, residents and doctors, just like you. Our staff writers aim to provide you with the inspiration and confidence to seek and deliver on the best version of you, keeping you on the right track and making good choices for your future in medicine. Have a story to share? Email us at