Get SMART About Finding Time to Read


As third and fourth-year students there is a lot required of you. At the Institute of Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED), students are an important part of our group. There is tremendous benefit to membership at this stage of your podiatric career because you gain access to the wealth of experience from those fresh out of school who can share ways to finish getting through, all the way up to veteran practitioners who can help you keep it all in perspective. Some of the best advice we’ve heard concerning how to fit in all the outside reading you should be doing before and during clerkships is to set SMART goals.

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Spare time is at a premium at this stage of your schooling and it’s essential to use it wisely. There’s no denying that making the time to read and build up a wealth of knowledge is very important—but also extremely difficult, especially if you go about it haphazardly. Many times, students waste valuable time agonizing over what manuals, journals or textbooks to read. In reality, the better question is how to get through a significant amount of material in a timely manner—and still retain what you read. Rather than cramming and biting off more than you can chew to make up for lost time, set SMART goals.

SMART is an acronym that stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Specific goals. Deciding to read 10 pages of the Podiatry Institute Manual every day and one article every other day would be an example of a SMART goal. Start somewhere today! You can always adjust your goals up or down once you see how they play out practically with the rest of your life. In the long run, you’ll achieve steady results. You’ll also remove the nagging worry in the back of your mind that comes from knowing you have to read but not really having a plan to accomplish that task.

As your complete your studies and get ready to launch into the professional world, IPED will continue to be there to assist you. To learn more about us and how to become a member,contact us by calling: 978-296-7634 or send an email to: