I would like to thank my classmates for this lovely stomach virus they have passed onto me RIGHT before our hell week of final exams.
I just loved spending all night throwing up and spending all morning in bed with a fever and muscle aches.
Apparently it only lasts 12 hours though soooo any minute now would be great.
7:00 am: Waking up in the morning gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs. Just kidding. But seriously, woke up at 7 to head to the hospital to get some studying in before our Bone Pathology Conference with Dr. R. She has a roster and calls on people in class so you have to be on your game. I got to the hospital at 7:45, ready to work.
9:00 am: Half our class squeezes into a smaller lecture hall for our Bone Pathology Conference. I don’t get called on (phew) even though I did know most of the answers. Not from pure knowledge, but from the notes I took the hour before.
10:30 am: I want to go back to my apartment to make lunch and study before class at 12, but my classmate L convinces me to go to the deli with him. I get my usual salad and I sat down to watch lecture while I ate. BIG mistake. I shouldn’t have put off the forensic lectures, with autopsy pictures, until lunchtime. Lets just say I didn’t finish my salad.
12:00 pm: Another forensics lecture, this time on drug use. We learned about what happens to the body when people use drugs and/or overdose. It was sort of interesting, but mostly gross and sad. Sad because you see how far drug abusers go to get high. First, they use their arm veins to shoot up, those get warn out and they move to every different vein in their body until they are all damaged from injecting too much. Then, they start shooting the drug directly into their skin. Meanwhile they have scars all over their body. Bad stuff people.
12:45 pm: I get an email from the selection committee and my abstract has been accepted to a national conference! It just said “presentation” and I’m a med student so I assumed that meant a poster presentation. So excited!
1:00 pm: An optional lecture on Pediatric Dermatology that most of my classmates skip. I’m interested in Peds so I decide to stay. Although, to be honest, I really didn’t pay attention as well as I should have. Oops. This was my last class of pre-clinical! I can’t believe it.
2:00 pm: I head back to my apartment to get ready for our Second Year Show filming. It is a tradition every year that the second years film skits to make fun of the school and the class and just have fun. We planned on filming all night but the managers at our OSCE lab got mad at us because they didn’t think we were representing our school properly so they made us delete all of the footage and then we had to reshoot it all over in a different location. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for that part, but I know it will still be hilarious because my classmates are great.
5:00 pm: Meet up with the first-year who is taking over one of my leadership roles when I go to the wards in January. She’s great and I really think she’ll be an even better leader than I was! Seriously. We have dinner with the group of volunteers but I have to leave early because I have a review session at 6.
6:00 pm: One of our former Practice of Medicine teachers went out of his way and held a review session for us on his own time. He really is an excellent teacher. We didn’t appreciate him when he taught us Pulmonology because his clinical lectures were always so dry, but when he teaches PoM he’s great. He went over everything we need to know for our final on Friday.
8:00 pm: At eight, I head home with my roommate. We decide to spend the rest of the night watching Pathoma videos because we are just way too tired to study any other way. They are actually super helpful! It was my first time watching them and they really explained things in an easy to understand way. Both my roommate and I found ourselves going “Oohhhh! That’s why!” It is sort of easy to get caught up in the details and those videos helped us see the bigger picture.
8:30 pm: I get another email stating that my abstract was actually selected for a Platform Presentation not a poster. A platform is basically a series of PowerPoint presentation on a research project that people attend. If I’m able to travel there to present, I will be presenting in front of a bunch of plastic surgeons. Scary. Stuff.
10:30 pm: Roommate and I decide we’ve learned enough Pathoma for one night. Time to go to sleep so I can wake up and study all day tomorrow.
for a Platform Presentation at a National Conference.
Excuse me while I go panic.
Last day of classes, EVER.
Is this real life?
6:00 am: Wake up, look at phone and realize I have 45 minutes left to sleep. Yes. Best feeling ever.
6:47 am: Wake up in a panic because my alarm didn’t go off at 6:45. Realize how amazing it is that I woke up on my own because I have to be at the hospital at 7:30 am.
7:10 am: Remember to take PPI so that I can fight off the GERD. (That I can only assume was not helped by the excessive amounts of coffee I used to drink)
7:30 am: Decked out in my white coat, I interview the moms of two babies with Cleft Lip and/or Palate for our research study. So much cuteness.
7:40 am: After waiting 30 minutes after my PPI, its time to eat! I head to the hospital coffee kiosk where I see one of my classmates waiting in line ahead of me. We don’t usually talk so we just wave Hi and I’m on my way.
8:00 am: Decide to kill the hour between now and lecture by studying. Let’s see how well that goes.
9:00 am: Time for TBL (Team Based Learning). Today’s topic is TB and TNF-alpha. All of our TBLs are facilitated by our Embryo professor who no one likes. It sort of makes me sad because he gets like zero respect, but then he does something annoying like cut off our guest faculty member and I’m back with the rest of their class. It’s your typical TBL where there isn’t really one right answer. Our class has your classic players: the kid who asks really useless questions, the kid who asks the perfect questions and the kid whose goal is to ask questions so he can prove he is smarter than the rest of us and possibly the lecturer. Our group spent more time discussing Catching Fire then discussing answer choices at one point. It made for a nice end to pre-clinical TBLs. (Our TBL groups is also our anatomy group and our Psych group so as you can guess, we got pretty close of the last year and a half)
10:30 am: Bone pathology lecture with our favorite professor, Dr. R. She is beyond cool, I wish I could be her. Picture short black hair with the sides shaved, but still looking professional. That’s her. She used to work for the Miami Police Department doing Forensics. She was out on maternity leave so we didn’t get to see her at all this year, but now that she dropped that pesky baby, (jk I love babies!!) she is back! We spend the hour learning about bone disorders like Achondroplasia and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. (Speaking of OI, my favorite little Kid President has OI)
11:30 am: Lunch!! I walk back to my apartment today since I have a longer break. Usually I go to this local deli with my classmates and get a salad. The same salad. Every day. I used to get an iced coffee so that my total would be over the $10 credit card limit (I know, so much logic…) but now I have to stick to 1 cup a day. Boo.
12:15 pm: Okay, time to convince myself to study during the break. My bed looks super comfy though. Nap vs Studying. Who will prevail?
12:30 pm: Neither! Boyfriend is on his psych rotation and, for the first time since he’s started, our lunch breaks were actually at the same time.
1:45 pm: I head to my Rheumatology Seminar. I really like our leader. He specializes in Rheumatoid Arthritis and really knows his stuff. I also like that he makes us go around the room and read the cases and answer questions, it makes us accountable for the material and there are no awkward “who’s gonna read next?” pauses.
3:45 pm: Okay, so our seminar ran over by 30 minutes but it was worth it. I have to study now until my Practice of Medicine review session (our final exams are next week). I am still undecided as to whether or not I’m going to attend, but for now I’m going to study with my classmates.
6:15 pm : Welp, it looks like I missed the review session. Off to volunteer in the Pediatric Playroom.
6:25 pm: I get to the playroom and realize I don’t know what craft we are doing and I don’t have the supplies. I’m supposed to train the new first years and this is not off to a good start.
6:30 pm: I walk the first years back down into the lobby across the hospital and down into the basement where clubs have lockers. I get down there and the locker combination that is usually behind the lock has fallen off. Great. Back up we go.
6:35 pm: I get the combination, go back down into the basement and head back up to the Pediatric Floor. We are making dream catchers and I have to say, it was definitely worth it to go back to get them from the locker. It was more of a craft for the parents to do for their kid but I think it was actually nice to give the parents something to do for a change.
8:45 pm: Order Thai take out with my friend P. We talked for way longer than we should have because we really should be studying but it was nice and some things are more important than studying.
10:08 pm: Okay, now I really really really should be studying. Looks like it’s going to be a long night. (Either that or I will put off studying until tomorrow).
Oops. I actually fell asleep last night before posting this…
Today is the start of my last week of classes ever. Ever!!!!
Commence panic attack.