Welcome to medical school!

September 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

I expected that school starting would mean that there would be a lot to do and little time to do it…but I underestimated just how much there would be to do. Talking to my mom on the phone after my first day, I told her that I had the same feeling that you get at the beach when you get sucked under by a wave and struggle mercilessly to orient yourself. Day 2 was better – but not because there was less information. I love my schedule, get along with everyone in my group, and enjoy all my teachers so far. The English competency of the professors varies greatly, but I think I will get used to their dialects soon enough. Some of the classes are so fast-paced that all you have time to do is furiously scribble down key-words. We are expected to cover a lot of material outside of class and at a much greater degree than I have ever experienced. Midterms are already only less than a month away and we need to know A LOT of info. For example, for our anatomy midterm we need to know every bone in the body, including the skull. Sounds easy enough, right? But, it’s not just the names of the bones we need – it’s all of their grooves, parts, holes, etc.


Radius and ulna

Yesterday and today we spent most of our free time at the anatomy museum, where you can check out three bones and study them amongst the labyrinth of glass cases displaying jars of various preserved body parts. We aren’t allowed to take pictures there, but I found these online:

This is actually the table we were studying at today

Must be during finals because there aren’t normally people sitting on the floor.

(For more pictures from the anatomy museum: http://www.ana.sote.hu/galeriak/muzeum2008/index.html)

Our anatomy lectures takes place in this amazing lecture hall that is over 100 years old. The lecture feels so much more official sitting in a room with such history, to have such a direct connection to the advancement of medicine over the past century. We are to conduct ourselves in a respectful manner when in the anatomy building. We enter the room only when invited by the lab technicians (who prep the lecture hall for the professors, hanging up anatomical paintings specific to the lecture, setting slides, and cleaning the blackboard). When the lecturer enters the room, we must all stand and cannot be seated until they have acknowledged our show of respect, and when the lecture is over we must clap. In addition, they are very strict about no food, drink or gum and we are not allow to take notes on a computer or iPad – only by hand.

Lecture of Professor Lenhossek (1909)

(Picture credit: budapeststudent.com)

Lab technician preparing the room between lectures

Before our first lecture

Ok, enough fun. I’m off to learn all of this (below) before my next anatomy practical (did I mention I have 5 other classes too?). Our anatomy midterm is in less than a month!

(By the way, I’m not kidding – we need to know all these parts and be able to identify them on the spot by Day 3.)

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§ 3 Responses to Welcome to medical school!

  • toeggi says:


  • jj says:

    dear Bianca
    im first year medical student and gonna come to bp to study . i have been reading ur staff and they are amazing , thank u so much . is there any way that i can have look at ur notes pls or i can make copy from them pls ? thanks in advance

    • Buda B says:

      Hi JJ!

      Thank you so much for your kind comments 🙂 I’m afraid that would be way too much of a task 😛 I have several thousands of pages of notes at this point. I am a teaching assistant for anatomy, so I share some notes and drawings with my group, and other students, when they need them. Also, there are usually guides (full notes following the topic list) written by various students for each of the subjects. You’ll get these in one way or another when you start and your year creates a facebook group :). You should do a search and see if someone has made one already. Otherwise, we have a site for anatomy drawings that we created for our year (to help us prepare for the final exam). It is located at soteanatomydrawings.wordpress.com and the password is SOTE2018.


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