Telling Family About Medical School Troubles

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Medical school students sometimes face academic progression, professionalism, and other issues. Medical school is likely the most challenging educational program in the world. A medical school wouldn't be doing its critical job if it weren't seriously testing every one of its students. The public doesn't need incompetent physicians treating life-threatening illnesses. Every medical student faces some struggles. Many medical students face serious challenges finishing their studies, making acceptable grades, and satisfying strict clinical supervisors. What, though, should a struggling medical student tell the student's family members about the student's struggles?

Family Interests

Families have natural and appropriate interests in their medical student members. When a family member asks a medical student how school is going, the inquiry isn't just curiosity or politeness. Family members have relationships, resources, advice, and other support that they can provide, and earnestly desire to provide, to their medical student spouse, child, grandchild, sibling, niece, or nephew. Yes, family members can benefit enormously from a medical student's graduation, medical practice, and financial and other success. A medical student's spouse and children are especially tied to the medical student in their financial and other relational interests. But the bigger interest of a family member in knowing how the student's program is going isn't the future long-term benefits. The natural and appropriate interest is instead to help the student.

Balancing Interests

When medical students struggle, they must balance their need for family help, counsel, resources, and support against other considerations. Don't alarm family members with exaggerated fears of failure. When you do need support, including space and time for redoubled studies, just ask for it. Striking fear in your family members won't help them or you. Instead, share enough of your need to pace more attention and devote more effort to your studies, to get the family support you need.

Admitting Challenges

One consideration that medical students should generally not give great weight, though, is the embarrassment or shame they may feel from struggling. Medical students, as smart and successful as they already are, should have a little humility. No one thinks they're perfect. The medical student who hides struggles simply to keep up appearances of being super smart and invincible is not exhibiting good character. That student is on the way to arrogance, inner conflict, and outer deception. Far better for the medical student to set aside trying to keep up appearances and instead to admit that medical school is hard. Sharing challenges can be therapeutic and relieving.

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"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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