Here are some of the interesting "things"/"quirks" of medical school:
- Stock up on binders - preferably the bigger, the better - you'll have so many notes that at the end of the year you're going to wonder how in the world you managed to study everything.
- Pass/Fail is my saving grace
- Our feedback about the curriculum seriously matters and causes change
- Clinical skills are my favourite part of medical school. My stethoscope, BP cuff, reflex hammer, tuning forks, penlight, and vision card make me feel like a doctor but in actuality, I still have so much to learn
- When looking for a place, telling the landlord that you're a "medical student" would almost seal you the deal (and sometimes even score you a discount in the rent!)
- Medical students party a lot more than I thought - but we still manage to squeeze in studying
- Everyone is so helpful in the class - creating flow charts, providing journal articles to clarify ideas, and much much more. I love my classmates
- There are always going to be the gunners in the class who are aiming for ROADS.
- There is always going to be 1-2 people who ALWAYS ask questions during class
- Weboptioned lectures are also my saving grace - it gives me the flexibility of 1) sleeping in 2) shadowing 3) watching lectures on 1.5X-2X repeat to get twice the amount of work done
- I love how all the medical students across Canada get the same coloured backpacks so we can automatically identify our friends/colleagues. My friend was actually identified by a senior medical student with his backpack when we were vacationing in the Bahamas this year! Talk about a small world.
And that's a wrap for first year! I can't wait to see what second year has in store but until then, it's summer vacation for me!