The advice passed on by our peers can often be better received than guidance we might get from more traditional sources. This might be because we're more able to relate to each other's situation, or the fact that this type of advice is often direct and to the point, and it's common to feel more comfortable asking questions and raising issues with people we consider our equals.

Of course, it's always important to take direction from experts - just take a look at our online guidance and advice for a huge range of medico-legal resources. But it's also helpful to seek insight from those who have recently gone through the same process as yourself, as the lessons will be fresh in their minds.

Many medical schools recognise these benefits and use the effectiveness of peer learning by making arrangements for more students in higher years to teach additional lectures on challenging topics. However, support from other students needn't be restricted to the classroom, and we're asking you to share your learning with others via our Instagram account.

#tipsfornewdoctors

To stress the significance of peer advice, we're launching a #tipsfornewdoctors competition, encouraging you to share those nuggets of knowledge that have helped you through day-to-day medical school life. What do you wish you'd known? What got you through tough times? What's really made a difference to your medical career so far?

Post your advice for fellow students (limited to 150 words) with a suitable image on Instagram, tagging @themdu_. If you don't have a public Instagram account, you can email your tip and image to photos@themdu.com.

The overall winner will be awarded an iPad mini 4, and three runners up will receive an Arclight pocket ophthalmoscope and otoscope. For more information on how to enter, visit our competition terms and conditions page.


This article was correct at publication on 08/11/2018. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.