Surviving your first year of medical school

Tips and tricks for getting through that first year of medical school and beyond.
Location: UK
Audience: Medical students
Updated: Thursday 16 January 2020
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The BMA is here to support you throughout your career, from when you’re thinking of becoming a doctor to preparing for retirement.


Use our learning resources to get ahead with your studies

We offer a range of resources to help you stay on top of your studies. From time management to career planning, our webinars and revision courses are available to all BMA members.

Stay on top of healthcare topics by reading your free copy of the Student BMJ or use the BMA library as an extra study space with hundreds of e-books and e-journals at your fingertips.


Choosing a medical specialty

Use our specialty explorer tool to see what medical specialty is best suited to you?

It takes 15 minutes to answer a few questions to get a report sent to you directly.

Use specialty explorer


Top tips for surviving medical school

Your wellbeing

We have a range of services to support you.

  • Counselling
  • Peer support
  • UK wellbeing support directory

Call our free and confidential helpline on 0330 123 1245

View our services

Have you thought about having a mentor?

Having someone to talk to about your early career who has been in the same situation as you, could give you the confidence you need to take those first steps in your career.

While your medical school should provide support and advice, there are plenty of mentoring schemes to get involved with if you think that could work for you.

Read more about mentoring schemes.