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The day that I defended my dissertation–we always have a little party afterwards–we went to this little bar in Kent called Ray’s Place. And it’s kind of just a nice little college bar and we were drinking a few beers–a LOT of beers–and at some point in the evening we were celebrating and I went into the Ladies bathroom and in one of the stalls, with a black marker, in huge letters I wrote ‘ARACHIDONIC ACID ROCKS.’ I did go back a few years ago and it was still there. I always think if you’re not a scientist and you read 'ARACHIDONIC ACID ROCKS’ you probably think somebody was tripping in the bathroom and had a good ride. But anyways… that’s my favorite prostaglandin.
—  Dr. Sheakley, Cardiac Physiology

Yesterday I was in the library from 9am until 1:00pm, the anatomy lab from 1:30pm - 5:15pm going through my cadaver’s skull and subocciptal region, grabbed some food, went back to the library form 5:40pm until midnight and then hit the gym from midnight ‘til 1a.m. It was a pretty long day even by med school standards…but today made up for it with our White Coat Ceremony.

With the exception of the hours between 9am & 3pm yesterday, when I went home to shower & sleep, this has been my view since 3pm Wednesday afternoon–yes, Wednesday. I think I officially have squatters rights in C1.

Large Pic N’ Go coffee (2nd of day): Check
Sugar Free Red Bull: Check. Check.
Netter’s Clinical Anatomy: Check
Clinical Physio Made Ridiculous Simple: Check
First Aid for USMLE Step 1: Check
Dry Erase Board: Check
Dry Erase Markers: Check x 7
Highlighters in every color ever: Check x 6

Next Two Weeks:
Behavioral Medicine practical exam: Thursday morning
Cumulative histology practical exam: Friday morning
Gross Anatomy practical exam: Friday afternoon
Cardio-Respiratory Systems Midterm: Monday morning
Cumulative Final (45% of grade in each block): April 17th

For any of the current MERP and/or future Ross students who follow me, I highly recommend the “Clinical _______ Made Ridiculously Simple” series of books. They are written by practicing physicians/medical school professors and give you the boiled down, high-yield info you absolutely need to know. The respiratory physiology we’ve spent 14 lecture hours and ~150 slides on was condensed to 9 pages total including pictures and graphs.


Myself and some of the boys decided to take a Medical Spanish elective course during 5th semester which required putting together a video for our final project. Being us, we decided to go a little bit above and beyond what was expected and filmed a seven minute Spanish soap opera entitled Falcon Hospital, complete with a random Herpes commercial in the middle. Why? Why not?! This marks the 5th or 6th one we’ve done as #YOLIDO Films (You Only Live In Dominica Once) and the first we’ve done back in the states as the Lambo Knights.

As this is probably the last one we will film before we all hunker down and start studying for USMLE Step 1, we’re trying to get as many people to check it out as possible. We were aiming for 500 hits when we posted it to YouTube yesterday and are already at 396 but we wanna see how many we can rack up. We’ve included English subtitles for those who don’t speak Spanish–which after only 1 semester, we clearly don’t.

So, if you like ridiculous student films, med school parodies, Spanish telenovelas, watching grown men slap each other to dramatic music, Enrique Iglesias, chocolate or freedom, check it out and pass it along.

-34th & Now, #Yolido Films, Lambo Knights


This morning our 2nd semester kickball team, The Thunderballs, took home the championship for the Summer 2012 season. As captain, “Harry Balls,” I figured I’d document the game. I think we have a good shot at the repeat next semester.

BREAKING NEWS: The Ross University Medical School campus Subway currently has Dixie cup lids for their coffee complete with slide to cover the hole so you don’t burn the ever loving shit out of your hand walking back to the library/classrooms.

Considering we live on a remote pseudo 3rd-world islandand drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day this isliterally one of the best things that’s happened all semester.

I’m pretty sure I shot this in the library 2 days before our 2nd “Mini” exam while on a 14 hour bender in the library. When a test is worth 25% of your grade in a block and covers something like 1200 slides worth of info in Gross Anatomy, Micro-Anatomy, Embryology, Radiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Histology, Cell Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry you take your caffeine any way you can get it.