Thursday, August 23, 2007

The first tests has come & gone...

I survived the first test. It was like every other test where I am up all night trying to crame in the last minute upon which I failed. I never get enough done. Today we had lectures about how to study. They timed it right after a lot of people had failed the tests, so they had the attention of most of the class. Nice. I have a good handle on what I should be doing.

I know I need to learn how to organize my time better. I think I will be working on time management for my entire life. Might as well start now. The reviewer pointed out that later in life time = money, and most doctors have a time management plan.

We had gross anatomy right after the first test. Some guy passed out. Someone told me that it wasn't actually gross that did it to him, but rather the fact that he hadn't slept or eaten & was so stressed about the test. I would hate for that to be me.

I have an awesome gross group. We seem to work together well. They have a great sense of humor & no one seemed to have any issues! WooHoo.

I am missing my first day of class tomorrow to fly to NYC.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The first week has come and gone.

I am sitting here with a cold, and regular class starts tomorrow. I always seem to get a cold the first week of school. My weak immune system can't handle all the germs that I get from meeting so many new people.

Orientation week started Tuesday, August 7th. It was basically just a welcome day. They alloted time for us to go to the book store and pick up the text book list. I also had my picture taken for my new badge. I wasn't going to have a new badge made this year, but Emily convinced me that it was good karma to start the year off fresh with a new badge. At least I am smiling in this picture!

Wednesday was a school wide orientation where we mixed with students from other departments. After lunch, the medical students met up in our classroom and listen to some more orienting remarks.

Thursday morning included more talks in the morning, and we split into groups for library training which last about 30 minutes. Then, the white coat ceremony was in the evening. It went well. I was nervous about going, and I almost didn't go. Emily convinced me that I should, and I am glad that I did. Emily knows best. I should stop doubting her. The speaker was great. He talked about the "other side of medicine." The compasionate and caring side.

Friday was computer training (the laptops are late again this year!). Then we split into groups to go to the VA. The VA was a disaster. It took forever!

The weekend finds me unpacking and preparing for Monday. The class schedule seems improved from last year.