A little bit of inspiration goes a long way
December 9, 2013 § 2 Comments
I came across a collection of inspirational quotes today – and they couldn’t have come at a better time. I spent my morning cramming for my dissection presentation in anatomy, my afternoon studying physio, my evening cramming chemistry and taking the Basic Medical Chemistry final, and the rest of my night has gone to cramming Hungarian (is that even possible?) for my midterm tomorrow morning. Two “exams” down and 4 to go!
The anatomy dissection presentation was really a joke compared to what I was prepared for. My dissection partner and I were asked 3 questions, one of which we got horribly wrong – because it wasn’t something we needed to cover this semester (but should have remembered from first). Here is how it went:
- Me: We did the gluteal region. We’ve only transected the gluteus maximus and haven’t yet cleaned out the contents underneath.
- Examiner: What is this muscle?
- Me: Gluteus medius
- Examiner: What is its action? (this was the first semester question – easy when you have time to think about it…)
- My partner: Adduction
- Examiner: What does it do?
- Me: Adduction
- Examiner: Adduction? Where are you from?
- Me: The US
- Examiner: Where?
- Me: The US
- Examiner: Do they call this action something different in the US? How silly is it to put a muscle on the lateral side that should do adduction then? It should be?
- Me: Abduction (bow head in shame)
- Examiner: Yes, ABduction. And where is the quadratus femoris?
- Me: It should be here (I pointed at the muscle with my forceps, which was covered by layers of fat and fascia).
- Examiner: You should never say “it should be somewhere“. It IS here.
- Me: Yes, this is the quadratus femoris muscle.
And then it was over. The examiner we had was much nicer compared to how he is during real exams. I was in the same room as him during the dissection part of my semi-final last semester and the student he was examining ran out of the room in a cloud of tears and apologies.
As for the Basics of Medical Chemistry final, we’ll see how well that went….
Now for the inspiration 🙂