Tag Archives: medical school

Celebrate With Me!

17 May

I finished my OS3 Exam 3 parts 2 and 3 today!! All done with in-house exams, woohoo!!! Now I just have a neurobio miniboard next Tuesday and a cumulative miniboard next Friday. One…More…Week…I can do this!

I got my anatomy miniboard score back, and I did really well! I didn’t get the raw score back yet, but I’m getting an 85.75% for it, so I got above the national average 🙂 and it brought my OS2 final grade up to a B, holla!!

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Presentation? Check!

15 May

I finished my community health oral presentation, it was excellent! Now back to the hospital where I will attempt to finish studying for my exams that I have tomorrow and Friday. =/ Apparently my kidney function continues to get worse, so I’ll be doing my studying in a hospital bed. 😦

On the bright side, I’m that much closer to being done with my first year of med school! 🙂

Almost…Done…

18 Apr

My exam is over, but now I have an anatomy/embryology miniboard on Tuesday. I just really don’t feel like studying anymore ever. Senioritis in my 1st year…this is great. Can it be summer now? 4 more tests to go, yay -__-

Big Steps

15 Mar

I talked to my mom yesterday, and she asked me if I remembered to call this guy to give him advice about getting into medical school. She asked me to do this a little while back right in the middle of exam week when I was doing regular and make-up exams. I told her that I forgot to call him, because I honestly just forgot. Then she got all mad at me and started saying all these awful things about me. I started crying because I had called her to tell her about the GI bleed and about me being depressed and seeing the psychiatrist. Obviously, I couldn’t do that now, so I just told her I’d talk to her later. That really upset me…a lot. So then today I called her to try again, and I did. I told her about both. She and I talked for about 2 hours, and she said if I were her patient and said all that, she’d put me on Zoloft, so she’s actually taking my complaints seriously this time. She usually gives me the “anyone in your situation” or “it’s the winter/lack of sun” or “medical school stress” speech. She told me she agrees with me going ahead and seeing the psychiatrist. So, that’s definitely a huge step. I’m also home from the hospital now, which is another step, and I plan to participate in Relay for Life tomorrow if I can.

Med School Has Taught Me How I Learn

28 Feb

I’m not very visual at all…show me a diagram and I’ll stare at it like…so is this in your body or…? I could read a passage and not remember a thing. If someone else reads me the passage, I could go teach it lol. Not a good thing for med school which is so self-directed…until DAH DAH!! Videos. I LOVE videos! What an amazing human being who decided they were a good idea. God Bless Them.

Why I Love the Body

22 Feb

The human body is legitimately disgusting, but…I feel like that’s the “cool” thing about it, though. Cool, I guess, in the way that elementary school boys like slime and dirt and stuff. I like the way the body compensates for things that can go awry, or the way it defends itself against attacks from invading pathogens. It’s pretty much like an epic “300” style battle scene all the time in there that we never really see or pay attention to until we get sick. That’s when most people really start to appreciate all the work the body does behind the scenes. Kinda like when I have low blood counts and then notice how many infections I used to fight off without realizing it. Stuff like that. Plus, bacteria are tricky little devils that are always trying to 1-up us! So rude!!

Hormones are Crazy!

21 Feb

First off, just wanna say that my classmates are beyond awesome. I appreciate all the notes, recordings, and videos they’ve sent me. ❤

Secondly, the endocrine and reproductive systems are CRAZY! Reading about some of these diseases, syndromes, and disorders…and uh…WOW. That’s all I gotta say about that one. Hormones are weird.

Also, I wish I woulda been able to go to the lecture about orgasms. That seems like it was a good one haha!

School Plans

31 Jan

I had some classmates today have a “serious talk” with me. They talked about how they can tell I’m not happy, how my grades are suffering, and that they think I should take time off from school. Now I know they did this in my best interest, or they wouldn’t have taken the time out of their day to say anything at all. They even send me notes, recordings of lectures, and other study materials. They sit down with me to go over things I don’t understand. So this isn’t me being angry with them. However, what they fail to completely understand is that this type and stage of cancer is something that I will probably be on medication for…for the rest of my life. This is something I’m going to have to deal with, and it’s probably not going to get magically cured by next school year or the one after, and then I come back to school and everything’s alright. It being metastatic means basically that I’m going to have to learn to work through it/with it/around it and deal with things with that in mind. Taking time off from school would only mean that I forget what I’ve learned, come back and have to repeat the year, and I will still be on a plethora of medications. If I quit, I would just sit at home being depressed about my life for um…forever. I don’t see that as a solution. Not at all. Plus, I’m definitely not a sit at home kind of girl. Not usually, at least.

So my choice is either I quit (which if you knew me…that is NOT an option), or I just find ways to work with my body so it’s happy(ish) and I still get my work done. That may mean finding new study techniques, since my memory is heading south. But this is what I worked so hard for, and I’m here…right now…and I’m not willing to let that go! I mean…I know I’m stubborn, but that’s partly how I got into medical school in the first place. The application process pretty much calls for it. Medical school has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. The first time I said that I wanted to be a doctor, I was 3 years old. No joke!

So once I explained all of this to them, they decided that if I’m going to stay, I have to do it right. I have to get grades that I’m satisfied with. They’re going to help me do that, and they’ve suggested resources for me that I was actually unaware of. We get to pick our next dissection groups, so they’re going to be my group members. They’ll be more understanding if I can’t make it to lab, and they’ll be willing to catch me up on the material. They’re really good at gross anatomy anyways. One of them is in my community health group, and they’re going to make sure that if I can’t make it to that, that it’s not reflected in my peer evaluations. They’re also going to work with me when it’s more convenient for me (as in when I’m not totally drugged up) as opposed to the schedule that they set before, which was pretty inconvenient for me. Once I get through first year, I have the option of decelerating and doing second year’s material over the course of two years, and that sounds like the best option right now. Less to worry about at once. Less stress. Less time commitment. Second year is a lot more intense anyways, so it seems like a good idea to do the decelerated version. That’s as far in advance as I even want to think right now, because of how quickly things change, but as of right now…that’s the plan.

So…I passed that test!

30 Jan

Just barely, but I did. Now I feel like a freaking genius! And I was starting to wonder why this school even let me in…but really, though, those exam questions were so relevant to things going on in my actual life right now, that not studying very much didn’t hurt me as much as I thought it was about to. YEAH!

And that’s pretty much the only time this crap has ever really come in handy. Who knew I was studying this whole time? It’s called “experiential learning,” guys! Kinda showed them how it’s done.

But for real, though…I can’t get that behind again. I don’t think I’m gonna get that lucky with test questions ever again. That must have been a prayer thing, I’m sure.

I have a test on Tuesday, I’m super behind, and I feel too awful to really study!

28 Jan

I’m really attempting to study, I swear.

I don’t really wanna have it pushed back because I have 2 miniboard exams and OS2 exam 2 after that…plus a community health assignment. I knew all of this was coming up, and I’ve been over here like:

And here you see my poor, defenseless GPA, as OS2 only has 2 tests…

This has been a freakout. End of transmission.