10 Things Vol. 2

1. Test tomorrow. So yeah, I should be studying. 2. This week should be a little lighter in terms of Biomedical foundations material. Its a short week and anatomy is starting, so we only have 5 BMF lectures. 3. ANATOMY IS STARTING. I loved anatomy in undergrad so I hope my love stays strong and doesn’t turn to resentment. Humans are so neat, guys. 4. I get to have lunch with my senior (as in old people) mentor. This will be our first time meeting them. We will have a couple of assignments with them throughout this semester. We get to take a personal history and a medical history. I hope mine is precious and not gross. 5. Running is going great. I didn’t expect to rely on it as much I do. Mostly because when I was in undergrad, running sort of fell by the wayside. Now, after a solid two months of 5-7 days a week, I can feel at the end of the day when I’m all amped and ready to run. The rule is, if I have time to think about getting a run in, I run. 6. My study buddy has been gone for labor day weekend and I really feel the struggle without her. Not being able to talk things out has me tweaking so I don’t think this test will be as good as the first two. 7. There’s a lot of life in medical school. If any of my posts have deterred you from pursuing a future in medicine, that’s not what I’m trying to do here. Its fun and ultimately...

Late nights

Marathon studying has begun. In part because of some highly disorganized teaching and partly because it’s just gonna happen when you cover glycolysis, through the rest of biochemistry in a week. Last night, I got home late from school and thought it would be a great time-saver to take my toothbrush into the shower and brush my teeth. I’m not sure if it saves time or not but I do it quite a bit. Anyway I’m not sure if it was the break in routine or if I was really that “out of it,” but I swallowed the entire mouthful of toothpaste. What. In. The. World. Needless to say, I’m glad it’s...

My Medical School Study Plan

I’m about done with the class that started before medical school! Yay! Right in time for Friday, which begins this crazy journey called medical school. So I wanted to share some of the things that I learned. The expert skills program originally came from Texas Tech but my school is doing a version of it that will cover all four semesters (MS-1 and 2). This segment, called block one, is supposed to begin the summer before medical school. It covers things like your learning style, how to do concept maps, how to study effectively and efficiently, and coping with stress. Now that I’m almost done, it has been a really good thing for me I think. Though some of the principles can be used for any kind of study, its geared specifically for the high volume of material of medical school. I think from undergraduate, I know how to study well, but my methods were time-consuming and I still bombed some tests- oops. I didn’t always feel glad to be doing it when I found out they were taking some of my summer away. Still, the prof has been really flexible on everyone’s due dates because he knows its summer. This method is something I feel like I can manage. I won’t follow it exactly though, because I still like some of my old tried and true things I do like reading aloud. The most interesting part for me has been learning my “type”. They have a test based on the Meyer-Briggs personality test, but theirs only tells you your learning type. Mine is ISFJ. Which is Introvert, Sensing,...

The-Burnout,-Doubt-Everything,-Find-Resolve-Again Cycle

Pre-meds take heart. I ache for you. I really do. I know how it is. I know you doubt your decision to become a doctor or PA constantly. I know that it comes at the worst times too. Right before a test. I used to sit in the student union with my science classmates, staring at our textbooks. We watched the sun go down from the same spot almost every night. We ordered dinner in there; sipped coffee; ate entirely too many sour straws. We pretended to know how to explain the problems’ solutions to each other. We tried index cards, quizzing each other, making up games, and repeating the answers over and over. We tried writing it out multiple times and diagramming it, any creative way to make it easier on ourselves to learn. During this ritual, one or all of us would end up with eyes glazed over, elbow resting on the book, face in hand. Or worse- ┬áhead down resting on the book staring off into the void. Jenna would catch my eye and say “What?” as in “What are you thinking?” and I’d spout off our usual joke about wishing the information would just enter my brain through osmosis as I was laying on it. Then- and stay with me here because our overloaded minds rarely make ┬ásense. “I just…. I can’t… I mean… [sigh]. This is just really hard and I hate it and I’m tired and I can’t… I mean…. ugh… WHY? Natural progression dictates the others around you join in on the moaning. Such begins a big discussion of every cruel assignment,...

How I know I’ll make it

Yesterday I was faced with every senior’s dream come true… A pass/fail (hard) class with a final I can get a zero on and still pass. I can literally walk away. Unscathed. Scot free. I rejoiced. I bragged to several people. I mentally told myself that I do not have to study at all for that final, giving me a completely free evening. I breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that I had perhaps already taken my last Malmberg test. I considered not even going to take the final. I entertained the idea of not studying. Both are opportunities I have only dreamt of having in my four years here. This does not happen in the OBU science department. Even if your grade is good enough, you dare not skip a final because you will undoubtedly have that same professor again next year and you do not want them to have a bad view of you. I’m telling you this so you realize how big of a deal this is. So, here I was faced with this exact scenario. Pretty quickly, I decided I would go take the final and just not study. I sat idle for about 2 minutes. Then I picked up my book, got out my notes, and studied- hard- for about 6 hours. I know. I was surprised as well. I studied it while I ate snacks, I studied while I watched TV. Each time I got up to pee or get a drink, I picked it right back up without dreading an evening of studying. I did it because I wanted to. Suddenly, when...