Bye-Bye Christmas & Hello Revision

Did I say in my last post that we had exams? Well we’ve had another one since then, plus we’ve got a big one straight after the winter break. That is just plain cruel of the medical school. Whatever happened to Christmas and having a rest? So that’s what I’ll be doing over Christmas. On the other hand, it’s a huge privilege to study medicine so I mustn’t grumble…

The digital flashcard program I mentioned is turning out to be productive. It takes time to create each card but only a little more than I’d need to read and understand the material and I consider that time also as study and revision. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the topics which I’ve created flashcards for are also the ones I feel I understand the most. So a thumbs up so far.

Recently I bought the Gray’s Anatomy Flashcards. They cost about £22.00 (~US$35) with my NUS (student) discount card (!) and there are more cards than I thought there would be. They’re split into sections e.g. Thorax, Abdomen…etc and they include a big ring for threading through the hole in the corner of the cards which you want to carry about. So I get them out of my coat pocket whenever there are a few minutes to spare. They’re just the right size for the rush hour commute when we are squashed like sardines in a tin, people looking over my shoulder, they too finding themselves learning about indirect inguinal hernias…

Medical School Exams / How to Learn & Remember?

We’ve only been in medical school for just over a month and already we’ve had our first exam. I was a bit worried about it – (a healthy kind of worry I have to add, as I’d never get anything done otherwise) which is the reason for my absence here. Anyway we  received the results online via our candidate numbers and by gosh – I passed! Phew – another cup of tea now please.

I scored in the top 35% percentile of the year group. I suppose it’s not bad but many scored close to 100% so if you think you were clever before coming to med school then think again! I know that becoming a good doctor is not only about passing exams which is a kind of consolation.

Which one(s) shall I overload my backpack with today?

Only half way through the first term and my lever arch file is full, as is my bookshelf. If I ever need to return them to the library all at once I’d need a truck.

Currently looking at ways to learn the mammoth amount of material before the next set of exams. Some of my classmates are using computer based flashcards and I’m impressed by what they know and remember especially in anatomy – so I’m going to give it a try. Wish me luck!