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Fourth Block – The Brain!

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I finally got all my grades from last block and it was my best set of grades so far! Gradually ramping up the intensity of my studying has been paying off. The difficulty now is going to be keeping up this level of work without burning out, which I came close to at the end of last block.

This block, instead of a separate Pathology course, the pathology is incorporated into the classes themselves. So we have Psychiatry, and we have Diseases of the Nervous System. I’m not too worried about Psychiatry, although there’s a really heavy emphasis on Pharmacology, which is never fun, but I am a little worried about the other class. Although I was a Behavioral Neuroscience major, well, I was a Behavioral Neuroscience major. I didn’t really learn about the nerves, not even the cranial nerves, until med school! The brain gets a whole lot more complicated once you throw in the nerves and the pathways and knowing where tracts cross and what happens, at this vertebral level and not at that one, if you damage this part of the spinal cord but not this part.

And for that reason I am participating in the optional Neuroanatomy review they’re holding for us on Saturday. I love my weekend days in, but learning is a priority right now.

I am exhausted though. I arrived back in the US yesterday morning and my sleep schedule has been discombobulated since I arrived in Ghana. Normally I would take it a bit easy my first few days back but between catching up on classes, studying for the POM quiz next Wednesday, and wanting to start Step 1 studying (picked up my copy of the 2011 First Aid yesterday), there isn’t much room for leniency.

And this may come a surprise to many, and certainly is going to come as a surprise to my self, but I’m going to class today. There are two Patient Presentations and it seems silly to go to just the Presentation but not the lecture beforehand. And then I have a statistics small group after, so I’m going to be at school for 9am to 5:45pm today. Ouch. There is a strong chance I will come back home in the middle and skip the Pharmacology lectures because I really don’t know that I can make it through all the lecture today. Especially since it is 8:22am, I’m not dressed yet, and I haven’t eaten breakfast.

Yeah… I’ll be going now.

Written by Aba

January 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

Posted in Medical School

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  1. Wow. You are one motivated woman! I would never be able to get through med school. I am proud of you! :)


    January 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    • Thanks! It’s very much a one tiny step at a time thing. When I take a step back and think about the entirety of it, it’s incredibly intimidating, even though I’m in the midst of it.


      January 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  2. Congrats on the grades!
    We’re also in neuro now- I found it was helpful to draw the pathways. over and over. BRS neuroanatomy is also helpful. I was a brain and cognitive science major in college, and it’s definitely made some of neuro easier- like the neurotransmitters and diseases. But the anatomy… the anatomy is all new.


    January 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

    • Thanks! :)

      Yeah, I think I might need to invest in a few more BRS books. I have BRS Physiology, and it’s a nice, solid source of quick review.

      I’ve never been good about making myself sit down and draw things out, but you’re right that it is really helpful and one of the better ways to learn. When I’ve gotten around to it, it worked well. The review I’m doing on Saturday is by a guy who has “Draw it to Know It” Neuro review course that you can buy, so I’ll be getting some practice soon!


      January 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

  3. Well done, Aba!

    I trust you’ll be able to maintain your kickass grades and find the right balance so you don’t burn out. And don’t feel bad about your sleep pattern. I’ve been back at work since Tuesday and I’m still struggling to revert back to a normal sleeping pattern after two weeks off work. Sitting here exhausted as I type.

    Good luck for this block :)


    January 7, 2011 at 3:26 am

    • Thank you! I’m finally almost back to normal, in terms of sleep. Hope you’re doing well too!


      January 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

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