The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: What One Year As a Medical Student Has Taught Me
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Friday, May 6, 2011

What One Year As a Medical Student Has Taught Me

Now that I am not a baby med student anymore, here are some of the biggest lessons learned:

10. "Pass = M.D." Do you know if your doctor got "Honors" on all of his/her exams? Didn't think so...Granted, I did go really hard first semester, by second semester I realized that even if I didn't Honor the test that I spent hours studying for, it was not grounds for a nervous breakdown.

9. Plexiglass from Home Depot + drill + handy husband = homemade dry erase board

8. Sometimes you just have to take the day off to see a movie, take a nap, and be normal. And no, it won't set you back 5 years...

7. The things you will learn about in class this year resemble the cases on an episode of "House" (i.e. rare diagnoses you probably won't see). And when someone asks you about their cough or fever? :insert blank stare: o_O

6. Conversations about bodily functions and/or fluids are appropriate at any time of day - as well as during meals.

5. The best way to find out if you really know the material is to teach it to someone else...

4. Mnemonics are so necessary in every class...It's amazing how much you trick your brain into remembering because you tacked it onto a bunch of words that have absolutely nothing to do with medicine. One of my favs for the Citric Acid Cycle:
"Can I Keep Selling Sex For Money, Officer?":
alpha Ketogluterate
Succinyl CoA

3. Reward yourself! Even for the little things like making it to class on a Friday morning and actually paying attention so you don't have to watch it

2. Medicine requires you to always keep learning. I remember hearing during the first week of class "By the time you graduate 2/3rds of what you will have learned will be irrelevant, and replaced with more cutting-edge information..."

1. Even during those days when it seems like the world is going to end because something didn't go as you had planned with school, life still goes on. As long as you have been blessed with another day, you have something to be thankful for.
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