Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Imagine, if you will, one S-room in which three talented medical students are reviewing the antibiotic drugs in amazing detail.
Next door, in another S-room, imagine two marginally talented medical students who have not yet read the syllabus/ridiculously simple textbook...eating noodles while watching a video on YouTube in fascination.
The video was aptly entitled, "Baby vs. Cobra."
It consists of a home video of a female baby wrestling with a big defanged cobra on a rug.
That was my evening. :)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tomorrow's microbiology lab requires that we collect our own stool samples and analyze them for bacteria. For the stool sample collection, they recommend that we put Saran wrap over the toilet seat and defecate into the clear plastic wrap. Then we're supposed to take a pea-sized amount and place it in a plastic jar provided to us for this special reason.
I will graciously spare you the details, but collecting my own stool sample has turned out to be one of the most sad/funny/traumatic experiences in medical school so far.
Maybe I'll go curl up into a ball now.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Glantz: "There's a disclaimer under the copyright page in my book that says, 'do not use to practice medicine.'"
Paul in front of the class: "Statistics is a pseudo-math."
Glantz: "We were looking at...the things that make blood clot..."
Paul: [thinking] "You mean PLATELETS?"
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Lots of things happened this week....I3 exam was on Wednesday, got a purple pedicure and drank fantastic butternut squash soup at Bistro, had a Synapse meeting on Thursday, met my new oncology preceptor on Thursday, and taught my first MSP session on Thursday night (2 straight hours of talking is actually pretty exhausting, maybe it'll get easier?).
Today I visited my PedPAL, whom I haven't seen in a while. We finally finished the ballerina painting that we've been working on since Aprilish...and now we've started one with a clown. :)
Monday, September 10, 2007
In order to promote the Medical Scholars Program (MSP), an awesome program at UCSF taught by MS2's to tutor and help MS1's through the first half of the curriculum, we dressed up as "superheroes" to "save" the MS1's from Prologue. We wore costumes and ran around the lecture hall...some of the costumes made me giggle uncontrollably.
The following quote was uttered as we ran into the lecture hall wearing our capes:
"I think that we may have lost all credibility as teachers." - DK
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Some random thoughts:
Today was the White Coat Ceremony for the MS1's! Aww! Congrats!
The UCSF library really doesn't care about the med school. Although all of the other schools (Pharmacy, Dental, etc.) finished in May, the med school did not finish until June 22. What did the library do? They switched to a summer schedule with shorter hours almost a MONTH before the med students took the final exam. Although we started school 2 weeks ago, the UCSF library is STILL on a summer schedule because the other schools have not started yet! We have our first exam next Wednesday. Seriously, to borrow a description from Alex G, the med school is like "the red-headed step-child" of the UCSF library. It's really nerdy to rant about library policies. Don't be like me.
Today at 12:20 a.m., Paul said, "I think he will go into pediology."
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
To recap, here is some advice for the MS1's (crap, my blog title is obsolete):
1) Don't buy any textbooks under the "required" list. I know that it's confusing because some are "recommended" and some are "required," but it's untrue. Buy the syllabus (you have to buy a new syllabus after every block, so it's a steady expense) and get Netter's anatomy and you'll be dandy. You're also supposed to read "The Spirit Catches You" by January.
2) Buy a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff (a $30 is fine). Don't buy an oto-ophthalmoscope unless you have excess money ($500) and a burning desire to practice at home. You can use the ones in the exam rooms at the clinic. You will need a reflex hammer and tuning fork in May for Brain, Mind, and Behavior (BMB).
3) Relax. Pass/Fail will do wonders for your stress levels. Study as hard as you want for the first test, I can't blame you.
4) Focus on meeting people and making meaningful connections. Follow your passions and explore your interests (both academic and personal) this year, above all, do what you love.