OVERCOMING BURNOUT AND GENERAL OVER-IT-NESS

c86f566037a345c4caea12984fed031e.jpgI’m officially experiencing senioritis.

Having senioritis is great in undergraduate programs, because technically your entire future isn’t revolving around the last few months of your 4 year degree. Now, however, I feel unable to fully succumb to my careless subconscious telling me that procrastinating is okay, and that I’ve tried hard enough for long enough, and that I’m pretty much outta here. This being because, news flash, I’m not outta here! Or this! Or med school at all! And never really will be! And that the courses I’m taking now, in this final semester of second year are some of the most important courses in preparation for my future as a physician, and USMLE/MCCEE test taker.  Continue reading

GETTING SICK IN MED SCHOOL

tumblr_m3vwk5lv8U1qchy3bo1_500For the first time since I started medical school 12 months ago, I got sick. I got sick, and it was so, so awful. I’m not talking about your average cold, sore throat, and cough. This was a hard core stomach bug that stayed in my system for 5 whole days! And under normal circumstances, those 5 days would be spent alone in bed and fast asleep. However, according to Murphy’s law, or whatever intergalactic rule that presides over this existence, no one apparently is ever allowed to come down with a stomach flu at a convenient time. This bug hit me right, before, exams.  Continue reading

THIRD SEMESTER CATCH UP

tumblr_m9hc8uwGxN1r5pmtio1_500It has been a while since I’ve written anything, and it all has to do with this being the craziest semester ever! My schedule has reverted back to the MD1 days of 8-5’s, minus the hands-on labs. This time around it’s straight lectures, all day, every day. Not only do we have some of the more dense courses (ie. Path, Pharm, & Micro), but we’ve also been killed with loads of assignments and presentations. There was a point last month where I had 4 presentations in under 2 weeks! That’s the down side of attending a smaller medical school – participation marks count, and so instead of burying your head in the books studying for blocks (like you wish you could), you’ve got to get in what’s called “active learning”. To me, it’s silly, but I just accept it and move on.

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ALMOST DONE FIRST YEAR!

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Hey guys! It has been a while again…as you can imagine, my second semester has been even busier than the last. This time around my courses include biochem, physiology, genetics, neurology, research methods, and a case-based learning seminar once a week. Just finished my second set of block exams for the semester and I can’t even imagine how the time flew by!

Coming back from the break was more difficult than I had anticipated. I had hoped to feel refreshed and ready to get back into things after my 10 days at home (I even managed to swing a trip down to Cali with the fam!) but when when my plane touched down, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of depression washing over me. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but it felt very much like a system re-set, as if I was back to re-start all over again. It was like the previous 4 months had added up to nothing. It felt as though I had worked so hard to learn so many things over the last 4 months, only to start new courses about which I knew nothing. Of course, I was indeed moving forward in my medical education, however looking from the front of a new semester in medicine seemed so very daunting. Regardless of these feelings, I managed to pass the time with the help of friends who felt the same way, Friends (as in the actual TV show), and ice cold diet cokes by the pool. Continue reading