By week 3 of class, we’ve covered the basics and have even been tested on them before the undergrads have even started!
We blitzed through some physiology, histology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, anatomy and pharmacology within the first two weeks, and had our test today – I think I went okay.
Overall, I’m quite enjoying the pracs the most – so far we’ve learnt some basics on history taking, taking blood pressure and some microbiology lab techniques. In one of the blood pressure pracs, I was assigned to take a dose of caffeine and nicotine – my experience on the nicotine was not pleasant at all.
I’ve had to change my learning style in order to keep up with the onslaught of lecture content. Rather than making summary notes as I would in biomed, I am now writing or copying down some questions and answering them on Anki flashcards.
I’ve also come to really enjoy my time outside of studies – there’s less pressure to perform well. It’s as though the concept of work-life balance has subconsciously been embraced upon admission into med school – they needn’t have bestowed it upon us during the induction week.
In other news, I’ve recently picked up an interest in snorkelling as a hobby. Not only that, but I’m also keen on changing my role from ward assist volunteer at RMH to a music therapy volunteer! Was thinking of teaming up with my friend on keyboard and jamming out live music at the entrance – that’d be amazing. In order to do that though, first I’ll need to upgrade from my Baby Taylor – I was thinking of upgrading to an acoustic/electric GS mini… Thoughts?
Obligate work-life balance shot; happy birthday buddy: