Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

Not Entirely Miserable

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When I’m not stressing out and worrying that I’m going to get a score just barely above passing (you can only retake this exam if you fail, but I think I’d rather just barely pass than fail), this has actually been enjoyable in a strange way. It’s been nice realizing that these two years of lectures and exams have culminated in my being able understand and correctly answer these kinds of medical questions. I’ve learned stuff!

Our school exams are mostly one step questions. For example, you’ll get a description of someone who’s ill and have to pick the correct diagnosis. Sometimes there will be easy two step questions, where you get the symptoms and you have to pick the drug.

Some of the questions in the practice question banks (qbanks) that I’ve bought, and on the self assessments, are quite a bit more complicated. You get the disease presentation, and then you have to pick what is the correct mechanism of action of the drug that you should use to treat the disease. Or maybe pick which bacterial illness would cause a similar pathology as this auto-immune disease (except you’re still only given the symptoms of the autoimmune disease so you need to figure out what it is first).

It’s frustrating, but it’s also fun. I like being challenged.

I had typed up another rant about how little time my school gives us to study, but decided that’s not the kind of thing I want to be posting here, at least, not repeatedly.  Also, I’m in a really good mood right now and I shouldn’t be ruining it with complaints! I just took one of the official self assessment exams that the NBME (National Bord of Medical Examiners) puts out for people to get an idea of how they’ll score on the real exam, and I did okay. I didn’t get an “I can take this last week off from studying score!” but I also didn’t get an “Oh no. I need to move my exam date and panic” score.

It’s really tempting to take the rest of today off, but I should review the questions I got wrong on the assessment, and I had also wanted to do 92 practice questions from my qbank (this is not me being weird with numbers; the real exam is seven blocks of 46 questions, each of which takes about an hour, so it’s about a seven hour exam, not including break time). Ahmet’s at a U2 concert tonight (he bought two tickets but I decided I’d be too stressed about my exam to enjoy it, so he sold the extra one), so I’m also feeling a bit like now’s my chance to slack off while he’s not watching! Which makes absolutely no sense.

What I’m saying is, I really need to stop babbling in here and get back to studying. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Written by Aba

June 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Medical School, Step 1

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  1. You are so incredibly self-disciplined. Congrats on doing well on the practice test and good luck with the studying! Oh and you totally deserve a little slacking off time.


    June 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    • Thank you! :) haha, compared to many med students out there, I don’t think I’m all that disciplined, but in the grander scheme of things, I admit I’m rather of proud of myself for buckling down and studying for that long!


      June 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

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