SECOND SEMESTER OF MED SCHOOL: REVIEW AND TIPS


tumblr_mouuvpR0MA1qinh1vo1_500Courses:

Physiology (every day)
Biochemistry (every day)
Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Methods

Summary:

The schedule this time around was much more relaxing than the first due to a number of factors. The first being that instead of having class 8-5pm every day, 2 days of the week we finished at 3pm, and often on the other days, our profs would get through material faster than expected and let us out early. This was great because it gave us time to breath after the rigours of first semester, and adjust to the new course load. Unfortunately, the down side of having more free time is that it can lead to a lack of productivity – when you don’t have enough time for work, you make every minute count. When there is an *excess* of time (**because it was hardly an excess, but rather a few extra hours a week), one feels like certain tasks can be put off until later (ie. studying). Secondly, having an entire semester behind me was a nice reassurance that I could make it through this. In first semester, I was constantly wondering, can I really pull this off? And having that sense of accomplishment really helped my mentality going into semester 2. Continue reading

FIRST SEMESTER OF MED SCHOOL: REVIEW AND TIPS

tumblr_n5sdezBDmZ1r54pxzo1_500Courses:

Anatomy (every day)
Histology (every day)
Embryology
Ethics
Radiology

Summary:

What a stressful time! I have never had so many emotional break downs in my life! This is not to discourage anyone, as my stress was derived from a number of factors. First, moving to a developing country. Second, dealing with such a different style of academics, coming from a background in the arts. Third, figuring out how to find a balance between my academic, physical, and social life. And finally fourth, feeling trapped on my tiny little campus or apartment that was out of the way from most of my friends. Continue reading