07 6 / 2012

Meeting Kees @ UCLA’s Reggae Festival 2012

Meeting Kees @ UCLA’s Reggae Festival 2012

27 5 / 2012

praguewinters asked: hi, i was just wondering how you have time to do the things that you enjoy while in med school. (i mean, you are in your "glory days" right now, as a twentysomething. how do you find time to have fun?) is medical school as stressful and time consuming as it looks? thanks :)

Hi heartstumble,

Thank you for your question :) For me, the key to surviving medical school and not getting any gray hairs, is time management.  Med school is like an 8-5 job, so during the week you really need to set aside time for studying etc. I try to save my fridays and saturdays as my "free days" where I go to the gym, hang out with friends, and go to the movies.  It’s all about doing the activities that make you happy. If you keep organized, you will keep sane.

I felt very fulfilled in life before I decided to go to med school.  I was one of those kids in college who wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do.  As an undergrad, I got highly involved in student government and I also did the whole “euro trip” adventure before I graduated.  After I graduated, I worked for 3 years in the real world before even thinking about making that med school commitment.  Once you’re in college, have fun to the fullest whether it’s academically or socially.  

Med school can be stressful and time consuming because of the amount of information you need to learn in short space of time can become very overwhelming.  But once you stay organized, study early, make friends in school, you find that you are not the only one.  There are numerous avenues for support.  The saying goes “it’s hard to get into med school, but it’s even harder to survive med school”, but I believe with the right determination and confidence you can do it.  

I hope this answers your question!

26 5 / 2012

tumblrbot asked: WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?

going to the gym!

25 5 / 2012

Now I can sit back and relax for the rest of summer - Digestion and Metabolism & Cardiovascular and Renal System, farewell - till we meet again.  

Year 2, bring it on! 

13 5 / 2012

My first stethoscope! I was checking all my friends heartbeats for about a week.

My first stethoscope! I was checking all my friends heartbeats for about a week.

12 5 / 2012

Well, year 1 is over and I have absolutely nothing to do.

My goal for this blog was to record everything I did in school and my experiences, but that definitely did not work out as expected. As it would so have it, time caught up with me, studies and lectures started piling up, and I became so engrossed in learning vast amounts of information in a very short limited time that I neglected the very outlets I wanted to use to maintain my sanity and also share with other medical students experiencing their first year.

Lesson has been learned. What I did learn from my first year in medical school is that time management is everything. If you don’t keep up along the semester or during block, you’re faced with an almost impossible challenge of remembering a lot of facts to prepare for a block exam that is only a week away.

Here are some tips that I believe will be very helpful for the rest of my years in medical school and this goes out to everyone now starting as well. Pease feel free to contribute :)

Tip #1: Always attend lecture
Now this may seem like a no-brainer but there will be days where you feel you can’t wake up for an 8am physiology lecture, but with all your might - go to class! The one thing I’ve noticed with my professors here is that they will teach for over two hours, and in the end they want use to grasp only 2 - 3 concepts that for sure we will be tested on. Professors will give tips on what you need to focus on and this in turn will help narrow down your studying topics.

Tip #2: Revise your lectures daily
Most medical students end their day around 5pm. Usually in my case I will come home, take a rest, have dinner around 6 or 7pm, and I will start studying from 8pm to about midnight. Everybody’s studying schedule will be different, but it’s important to try to study everyday, revise your notes, and become familiar with new terms and concepts. In my school, we have a small class once a week called PBL (Problem Based Learning), where we receive a medical problem generally based on the lectures for the week. PBL forces me to study but at the same time I neglect other topics I should be focusing on as well. It’s better to study new material early versus waiting to the last minute which can be very daunting.

Tip #3: Visit your anatomy lab
I’m a visual learner, so the best way for me to learn anatomy is by going to the lab and studying specimens and models. For others it might be suffice to study from a book, but using actual models or even checking out YouTube videos gives you a better impression to learn new systems and you can view them from different angles. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to the smell in lab. Again - try to visit your lab early!

Tip #4: Get a study buddy
I’m not a huge fan for study groups, I generally study on my own, but somedays I will study with a close friend and wenwillnhave short discussions on topics. Talking through what you’ve learned is a great way to text yourself on how well you understand topics in physio, Biochem, and even anatomy! Quiz each other and make it fun.

Tip #5: Stay fit and healthy
The best way to relieve stress is by eating healthy and going to the gym. Usually my breakfast will consist of oatmeal, a small cup of coffee, a fruit or yogurt. Drink lots of water!! Throughout the day I snack on granola bars, yogurts, almonds, and fruits. Eating healthy will give your body the appropriate energy for studying and feeling great. Start taking vitamins as we,k, such as multivitamins and the omegas as well. I’m a pro veggie and fish kinda gal to keep myself going, so eat the foods that make you feel good but won’t slow you down. Try to limit caffeine to once a day and again drink water and green tea - it helps keep you awake to study minus the coffee crash.

Tip 6: Be social
Have fun!!nhaving fun and laughing with friends is a great way to stay sane and stress free. Do the things and hobbies that keep you happy, whether it’s shopping, going to the beach, reading a book,or cooking. The most fun I have here is going to the mall and going to the movies once a week. Make you give yourself at least one day week for fun! A happy YOU makes a happy brain!

So those are my tips for now. The school year is over, so enjoy the summer and yes I might be studying over summer or at least get a little taste of what I’ll be studying in year 2. Hello, nervous and muscular system.

Happy Summer Vacation!!

15 11 / 2011

simply put - bacteria contribute 3lbs to our body weight! :o

simply put - bacteria contribute 3lbs to our body weight! :o

01 11 / 2011

Had my first set of pharmacology classes this week… and making sure I’m staying on top of things for the final 5 weeks of the semester, even though that’s very difficult to do because of my procrastination. -_-

Had my first set of pharmacology classes this week… and making sure I’m staying on top of things for the final 5 weeks of the semester, even though that’s very difficult to do because of my procrastination. -_-

31 10 / 2011

H A P P Y !!! H A L L O W E E N !!!
Be safe and go get candy-wasted!

H A P P Y !!! H A L L O W E E N !!!

Be safe and go get candy-wasted!

29 10 / 2011

I miss Saturday Cartoons!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

I miss Saturday Cartoons!

Have a great weekend, everyone!!