8 things I learnt after 88 days in medical school

So it’s been about 3 months into medical school, and I just thought I’d share some smol thoughts!!

  1. Learning to learn: this is so important. In my school, our curriculum is structured in a way such that we have a test almost every day. In the beginnjng, I stressed over getting good grades for each test, but looking at the big picture, each test is just a small percentage. Discovering your studying style and picking resources that work for you is so important in the long run!!
  2. Take breaks: know yourself, what helps you relax, and set aside some time every or every 2 days to indulge in that. For me, it’s either exercising, watching tv shows, listening to music or just lazing on my bed. Spending time with yourself is key to preventing burnouts, which is all too easy to fall into when you’re in university. You’ll likely be more productive too after taking a break, and less likely to procrastinate!
  3. Be flexible: not everything is going to work out like it should. We have to be flexible and adapt accordingly. Be it studying methods, schedules, plans with friends/family, etc. It took some time for me to deal with this as I’m more of a planner, and hate it when my plans are ruined!! But I’ve learnt to be okay with imperfection!
  4. It’s ok to not know everything. This is so important. In any discipline you’re in, not just in medicinal school, learning is a life long journey. It’s impossible to know every small detail about everything- and IT’S OK!! Being comfortable with this uncertainty takes practice, but it’ll help your wellbeing in the long run.
  5. On that note, it’s OK TO FAIL! So so important too. We all want to be high achievers and pass every subject with flying colours, and when we fail, we hit rock bottom. Being ok with failure + having a growth mindset means bouncing back stronger than before. RESILIENCE!! So important! Endurance shows how long you can last, but resilience shows how quick you can pick yourself up after a fall.
  6. Learn from others. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Next time, we will be forced to work in teams. Picking on others’ faults and shortcomings is not going to help. Instead, I’ve learnt to look at things and people optimistically, adapt to their styles and be open to ideas. You can always learn something from each and every one!
  7. Focus on improving yourself and people around you. There’s no point comparing to students from other schools or programmes. Everywhere you go, there will be flaws in the curriculum, education system etc. That’s something we can’t really change, at least for now. What we can do is to improve ourselves, our skills and our knowledge. Complaining and comparing to others will not make us better than them!
  8. Lastly, it’s tough, but it will be worth it. One fail grade does not make you a bad doctor. What matters is the learning, and having the heart to serve people.

Hopefully this helps those who are reading this post, regardless of university/course, to consolidate thoughts, realign perspectives and remind yourself why you started this journey in the first place!

My inbox is always open to chat :)

22.10.2018

Mondays… I’ll never learn to like them but this one was at least very productive. Had classes in the morning, then a quick lunch and a very long study sesh with the gurl boss @medstudentgettingpersonal !👏🏻 I’m starting to stress over 6th year and all of those exams, tho. 😿

these past couple weeks we’ve been studying about pregnancy and labor 👼🏻♡ all the materials lead me to one conclusion that my mom is still my greatest superhero 💪🏻 so shoutout to all the moms out there! ✨✨ comment down below the woman that always inspires you everyday!

Bad Day

Today was a Monday alright. I woke up to an email saying that my grade for a certain part of my class was down from a 4.0 to a 2.4 because I had one unexcused absence for when I had a virus a few weeks ago. The syllabus says we need a doctor’s note for any sick day to be excused and since I could diagnose and treat a virus, I didn’t waste a doctor’s time. But now that I realize how much it impacted my grade, I’m trying to get retroactively approved without a note to maybe get that back up.

Then, during a very boring 4 hour lecture, I got an email telling me that the event that I’ve been planning (a food addiction talk through our culinary medicine club) gave our club a warning because I missed that I had to fill out the same form twice with two destinations. I apparently reserved the room but didn’t get the event approved, then advertised for it which then put the only club I actually care about in danger of probation.

And during the same 4 hour lecture, my back spazzed out and I had to kneel, stand, sit on the floor, anything but a chair.

I’m just glad today’s over. I don’t want to do anything. I barely even want to be in medical school. I just try my best to become a good doctor and the school just works against me with arbitrary minutia.

Larynx Cartilages

UNPAIRED CARTILAGES
– thyroid
     – largest
     – the Adam’s apple
– cricoid
     – most inferior
     – base of larynx
– epiglottis
     – attached to thyroid
     – has a flap near the base of the tongue

PAIRED CARTILAGES
– arytenoids
     – attached to cricoid
– corniculates
     – attached to arytenoids
– cuneiform
     – contained in mucous membrane

etudiez-vous  asked:

Hi! I’m a pre medical student in Canada and I was wondering if you could give me some insight on your past struggles in university. Have you ever gotten a very lot grade on a course and how did you get over it?

Hi @etudiez-vous​!

My premed year was not easy. It was a huge transition year, where I had to really adapt in a new setting, with new study strategies, and I did struggle a bit then. The program was tough, we had a lot of classes (like 8 per semester), so you can imagine exam seasons were fuelled by palpitating-inducing caffeine doses and little sleep. Of course, that was not helping my case and I did get grades that were lower than what I expected.

What you have to remember though is that those grades don’t define you as a student, and they certainly won’t define you as a future doctor. Once you get a bad grade, it can be easy to wallow over it, but honestly, don’t. It’s a thing of the past. The way I see it, if there’s nothing you can do about something, move on from it. See what went wrong, and learn from it. Were your study methods not optimal? Were you sleep-deprived? Did you not manage your time well during the exam? And what can you do about these things? Change your habits, get a good night sleep the night before, make sure to get good exam-taking strategies. Bad grades are often because of many factors, and very few of them actually rely on your intelligence or your skills. 

tl;dr: don’t wallow over it, start growing from it. 

Oh, and going out with friends, ranting about how shitty you may feel and just completely forgetting about the exam is also an excellent way to go. ;) 

Good luck with everything!

Rossi

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I hope this helps everyone, it’s not mine. But has been shared to me and I am sharing this with all of you.