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.
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:
(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.
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.)