Our Pathology course started this week. I was very much looking forward to it as it is highly reviewed by older students. I’m less than a week in, but here are my thoughts so far:
1.Oh, hello histology. Didn’t realize I was supposed to remember you. How people can see a picture of a bunch of cells and immediately determine what organ it is and what’s wrong with it is beyond me. Hopefully I’ll get there one day! By my test tomorrow would be ideal.
2. Pathology is pretty awesome. Not only is it an incredibly well taught class with really great teachers, but the material makes you feel like you’re actually being a doctor! You get to see tissue damage and determine what is wrong. All those cardiac and lung and liver issues I hear about all the time (myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, liver disease, emphysema) have so much more meaning now.
3. 9-5 class? SHEESH. I know that’s a normal work day (or even a short work day) for most, but when that is all class, meaning you have to actually go home and learn the stuff afterward, it makes for a long long day. Our other courses have had less class (usually getting out around 2 or 3pm) so our afternoons were a little more flexible. Luckily the classes are all very beneficial — we learn a lot, use different teaching methods (labs, group work etc) and important things are reinforced.
4. I definitely am not one that enjoys looking at pictures of open wounds and diseased body parts, but now I have no choice. Better get used to it, I guess! As with other things in medical school so far, things quickly become less “gross” and more clinical. Not much is taboo to med students — you just try to figure out why things are happening.
5. Laptops are the devil. Sure it’s easy to take notes on them, but it’s also easy to scroll through Facebook, check your emails, or read blogs during a 3 hour lecture instead of paying attention. I finally learned that closing the laptop and taking notes in our book is a much better method for paying attention.
6. So much of medical school is just being super confused and forcing yourself to figure it out. There is so much that you are expected to know, or things they throw at you without any explanation, and you just have to look it up yourself. I’m not sure if that’s intentional, but it happens all the time. Part of it is that physicians have their own language, so our teachers will use these words we don’t know the meaning of and we just have to do a quick google to understand what’s going on.
- Do you guys have any questions about medical school? I’m happy to answer – from pre-med students or not!