A few weeks ago my yoga teacher Katrina shared something that has really stuck with me. A speaker at an event told her that everyone either has to choose a path or choose a destination. If you choose a path, you trust that whatever situations or events along the way are the right ones. You trust the process. You see where it takes you and know that it will work out. If you choose a destination, you do whatever it takes to get you to that place. You might change paths and make . . .
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 . . .
Being a medical student has meant tons of different volunteer opportunities coming my way. Truly, I could do something every single day of the week if I wanted! Since school has started back up there have been quite of few that really sparked my interest, and Tuesday was just a volunteering extravaganza. I actually didn't even go to class (oops!) -- just studied at home and volunteered most of the day. First I got to help out a 4th year student with her female reproductive talk at a . . .
This first week back at school has been so fun! Breaks are almost sad because everyone is gone -- I love my friends and classmates and have so much fun with them, even if means being in classes and studying a lot too:) I'm glad everyone is back! Wednesday night I tried a new restaurant - Lulu's Local Eatery. It's all vegan which brings me back to my vegetarian days when I would have been all over this place. Even though I eat everything now, I still love trying creative foods and think vegan . . .
Hey guys! Pharmacology started Monday - full speed ahead! It's pretty cool to be learning about something so important to every day life as a physician, but of course I already feel overwhelmed with the amount to learn. After Pharmacology we have Pathology and Ethics, then spring break, then Hematology, Neurology and finally Behavioral Medicine before summer. We've got a lot going on in the next few months, too. There are two big charity events for different campus groups that require . . .
Medical school can do a number on your psyche if you let it. Anxiety and depression are rampant among students, which is really terrible if the goal is to produce effective doctors. Even with the amazing steps that my school, SLU, has taken to improve student mental health, it isn't always easy to keep stress at bay. It's an educational system that places a lot of emphasis on one test score (USMLE Step 1) and how much you can do in addition to your school work. The match process is . . .
Yesterday we had our immunology exam. I would say a general theme (with the exception of the people that studied immunology extensively in undergrad) was that we felt very underprepared. It wasn't that we didn't study, it was that we finished an entire immunology textbook in 5 days and that just isn't enough time to completely grasp a complicated subject. Luckily everyone I've talked took passed the test. Also, immunology is pretty cool. Test days are so funny. The start out . . .
Anatomy has been kicking my butt! As you can see by the lack of posting, it's just an incredibly dense and time consuming class. And though it doesn't seem possible, the second half of the course picked up the pace even more. I never knew the pelvis and perineum were so complicated. Gratefully my final is this Friday -- I can see the light. I did a day in the life post five weeks ago on a bit of an unusual day when I had the day off for electives to follow. This time I'm doing a more . . .
We were all pretty nervous leading up to Anatomy. We sheepishly admitted to each other that we were squeamish or prone to fainting. We talked about whether or not we would want to do much of the cutting and dissecting, or instead would rather stand back and observe while others did the work. I got a little emotional and sick to my stomach the first time I saw the bodies in the cadaver lab. I couldn't even see the faces (the bodies were still covered by a sheet) but my mind wandered to . . .
Anatomy has highs and lows. "I've got this" days and "Oh crap, I know nothing" days. Today was an, "I know nothing day." I feel totally defeated. We had a tough dissection this morning. We're on our third week of the class with an exam coming up on Monday, which means the material is just piling on and we're reaching a breaking point. We keep learning more and more each day, and we're still trying to figure out all the stuff we learned before. There are SO many resources . . .