One week down.
My head is kind of spinning with all things new, but in a totally awesome way. I have learned so much about medical school in just this last week — some surprising, some I expected. I’m just going to share my rambling thoughts:
Holy cow it’s a lot of information. A lot is review right now– histology and molecular biology — but there are definitely new more medicine specific things like lysosomal and mitochondrial diseases and clinical correlations they they bring into it. Plus it just comes at you at lightening speed — one week of medical school is like half a semester or more of undergrad. I have heard many times that medical school isn’t hard because the information is difficult to understand, but because of the sheer quantity of information you are supposed to learn. You can never know everything.
I love that it’s pass/fail to remove any sort of competition, but I don’t have a true feel for that yet. Without having taken our first quiz/test, we don’t know exactly how much you have to know to “pass.” Plus we all want to learn as much as possible anyway. So, we are all stressed out and studying our butts off (you know you’re in med school when the Friday night pregame starts late so we have time to study beforehand.) Once we take our first quiz and get a feel for the style and content we will be much more relaxed, I’m sure.
I love my class. I am doing my best to not play the “I’m old” card too much, though sometimes it’s hard when they start talking about how they were BORN IN THE NINETIES. My class is actually much younger than I expected — I’m definitely one of the oldest people — but luckily I look pretty young and no one really cares how old anyone is.
Speaking of, I’ve been going out and having more fun that I thought I would! I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I have found my self much more open to bars and parties than I expected, considering I’m usually a super lame, in bed by 9pm person. I just really want to get to know my classmates and have fun with them. It’s like I’m back in college again! Except my body can’t quite bounce back like it used to.
My class is SO active and inclusive. We have a great Facebook group where we share all kinds of things — helpful study tips, social events going on, workouts and pick up sports games, restaurant recommendations, etc. It’s constant Facebook notifications.
The M2s have been SO nice and helpful! M2s organize the M1 orientation, which was really great because we got to know a lot of them. But even with orientation being over, they still invite us to do things with them, share old study materials, and give all kinds of advice. Plus they are on campus with us during the day so we can chat and ask questions.
There are a ton of ways to get involved –meetings to go to, lectures to sit in on, volunteer opportunities. I’m luckily being pretty good about saying no to things that truly don’t interest me or I don’t feel will be a huge benefit (especially when what I could be doing during those times is studying!) I do want to branch out to new things as I’m sure there are plenty of things I’ll end up loving. Regardless, I am grateful that there is so much because lots DOES interest me and I have already found tons of fun things I definitely want to participate in.
Medical school is learning a new language. I google definitions of medical terms non-stop. Current fav: hepatosplenomegaly. I can’t wait till I know more and can just spew out these things like a boss 🙂
I love it. I just love love love it.
- I know I have a few pre-med readers on here! Any questions? Any thoughts or advice from current or former med students??