You Always Learn Something New With Patients

One time I called a patient in from the waiting room, introduced myself as a medical student, and told the patient I would be taking him to see his doctor.

The patient nodded but then let out with this statement:

I refuse to go with you. I usually have some pretty girl take me.

So there’s that… At least I found out that I don’t look like a pretty girl…


Study Schedules

It has been a while since I wrote anything. This school year has been hectic. Mostly because I’m actually putting in a lot more studying. It’s a big difference when you “know” how to study.

If you have been following my posts for any significant period of time, you know that I have had to work on my studying techniques. A few months ago I uploaded a video showing a sampling of my pharmacology notes. To be honest, my recent pharmacology notes aren’t as intricate, but I still try to incorporate some of those techniques in some form or fashion.

Recently I went to Kinkos to get these posters printed and laminated. They are each at least 24 inches wide and close to 28 inches tall. They hang side-by-side on my closet doors.

I have found that this really helps me get organized as far as studying goes. It is definitely not for everyone. But it has helped quite a bit in reigning in the chronic procrastinator in me.

The right side shows the six weeks leading up to and including an exam week. There I can circle and mark off lectures I have studied and am comfortable with or those that I need to spend more time on. The left poster is a black daily schedule. Each night I plan out exactly what I am going to cover during each hour.

I have found that this type of detailed planning really helps me keep moving. It is too easy (at least for me) to start studying and then get lost in the material and then realize that I have spent too much time on one subject. This process keeps me moving at a good pace.

Also, being able to visualize all the lectures really helps me in figuring out how much I need to study and how much time I will need to cover the material.

And that’s all for this posting. Test week opens with an exam Tuesday morning for Pathophysiology. Wish me luck.