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 . . .
Anatomy is nuts. It's so cool. Dissecting is awesome. You're seeing all these amazing things in the body and are constantly surprised and in awe, but the studying is rough. SLU has squeezed our anatomy course into 7 weeks and there is so much to learn. We have tons of resources - websites, textbooks, Powerpoint lectures, flash cards, the cadaver lab -- all to try to help us memorize it all and make sense of things spatially. It's a strange feeling to be in a class where it's pretty much . . .
My older brother called me around 9pm last Thursday evening. I was studying in my bed (I know, I know, but I always study on the side of my bed I don't sleep on, and somehow that makes it feel okay to me) and I put the phone on my chest, pressed speaker, and put forth "hello" that was disheartening enough to immediately warrant a, "What's wrong?" I told him that nothing was wrong, I was just in the middle of studying anatomy, as I had been for the last five hours. And here's the . . .
I got a reader request for a post on how I study, and writing it while procrastinating studying for my final this week seemed fitting. The first thing to say is that if how you study is working, don't change it! Rule #1, and advice I have heard multiple times, is not to get too caught up in or anxious about what other people are doing. Study the way that works for you. BUT if your methods aren't working very well, or if you're looking for some additional review methods, here is what has . . .
Hi friends!! Here to share a great video that I made yesterday with Andrea from AndreaTooley.com (formerly A Doctor In The House.) Andrea and I are blogging friends and she even stayed with me in Charlottesville for a residency interview! Andrea is currently a resident physician at Mayo Clinic and writes amazing things about medicine, food and fitness, but was a traditional student and so asked for my input on the non-traditional path. I get tons of questions and emails about this topic . . .
Before I started medical school (so basically three weeks ago) I had no idea what a typical day would be like. Would I go to class? How much class? Did I just study all day? What else is there to do? So, I thought I'd put together a day-in-the-life for a new first-year med student (M1 or MS1). This is a pretty typical Wednesday, though you'll see some of my classes were just recordings which isn't usually the case. Right now we are taking Cellular and Molecular Biology as our main course, but . . .