Saturday, March 25, 2006

compre blues + a bit of vanity

yesterday, we had a 200-item exam on everything we learned for the entire first year of med school. imagine, piles of readings and books all stuffed in 200 questions. they said the comprehensive exam "is only for evaluating the effectiveness of this new learning style upcm decided to adapt. after reading all of our past exams this year, i have reached two conclusions: (1) we took a lot of exams, and (2) i didn't need the compre to tell me that i learned nothing. the sad reality is that after studying nonstop since june of last year, i retained not one bit of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, histology, ob, pedia, geria...

on a much lighter note, i got a haircut! it's amazing how a few inches of hair can take a huge load off the neck. my head feels lighter, i can feel breezes on my neck again, and i look younger! :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

my mortal enemies

first year in med school has come and gone. i have emerged alive, though not exactly unscathed. i will forever be haunted by my first dissection, loooooooong exams we have to answer in the shortest times, microscopes, my humongous text books, mondays, getting shouted at by consultants who just don't get any...

okay, enough about that. interested in taking up medicine in UP? here's what you're up against.

idc 202: a whole bunch of things i don't even remember.

hs 201: boring stuff. the philippine healthcare system, how it sucks and how we can probably make it suck less.

os 201: biochem. how our body breaks food into itty bits. people with weight issues should seriously take up biochem. it makes you understand nutrition a whole lot better.

os 202: neuroscience. the brain, spinal cord and nerves. it's hard. very hard.

os 203: dermatology and orthopedics (i think). the skin, the stuff that grow on it, the muscles, how they work... the best-looking doctors handle this subject. :P

os 204: head and neck. this region of the body has the MOST number of structures.

os 205: thorax. that means the chest.

os 206: abdomen. the stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, and of course, the reproductive system.

hd 201: embryology. from egg and sperm to full-term baby.

hd 202: pediatrics, family medicine, geriatrics. from full-term baby to oldie.

idc 211 and 211.1: research. writing papers, lab work, presentation. boring, complicated and very stress-inducing.

all this stuff and i made it. i love my God. :)

verse for the day:
"come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." [matthew 11:28-30]