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5 Things You Need to Know About First Year

As August begins, all those anxious MS1s are entering into the world of “almost” docs. But what happens after the white coat ceremony? Here are the top 5 things I learned from my first year of med school. 1. Life revolves around school. From the very first day of anatomy lab until the final musculoskeletal exam, my life revolved around the next upcoming exam on the curriculum calendar. There was a certain amount of studying that needed to be done every day, and taking unnecessary days off created multiple dreaded 10+ hour study days. Unquestionably, medical school pushed me to manage my time more efficiently than anything in college. And while life did revolve around school, I tried my best to not make my life become just staring at power points. Just like my classmates and I become more efficient at studying, we squeezed as much fun as we could out of those windows of freedom, no matter how small they were.   2. Medical education is adapting to the digital age. Of all the scheduled class time during the year, I attended less than 25% of in-class lectures. WesternU COMP does a great job of being flexible with different learning styles, and the option to watch recorded lectures fit perfectly into my learning style. Instead of sitting through a 4-hour lecture, I could playback the lecture at 2x speed...

Crosswords for Incoming M2s

This summer has been a hot one, for sure! While it’s great to relax and enjoy the summer heat, now it’s time for all you med students to warm up something else…your brain! This fun crossword puzzle is a fun way to refresh your memory on some valuable med school info so that your return to school (right around the corner) will be as smooth as the waves you were surfing this summer. Click on the links to download and print the crossword puzzle and answer key (two separate links so you don’t take an early peek).       Click here for the crossword and clues.   Click here for the answer...

An “Infectious” Video Game…That Won’t Give You a Virus

I haven’t yet started med school, hence the “almost” preceding my “MD,” but as an aspiring doc, I am always interested in the newest ways in which people can learn and teach others. Some people learn best through drawing cartoons and some through comic book stories but sometimes a more interactive approach is necessary. That’s where Microbe Invader comes into play [editor’s note: no pun intended]. This interactive, infectious disease-learning game prompts you to enter your name and gender and VOILA! you are a med student at “Happy Hospital” with a name badge and everything. My day began peacefully in my home, where I decided I wanted a sandwich before I began my first day of clinical rotations with Dr. Taylor, my infectious disease doc.   But I was hungry and I do my best learning after my morning custard   I quickly realized the custard was bad…   But made it to the clinic after a good bit of time. My attending even gave me a good scolding [editor’s note: too realistic?]. This is where my actual learning began. The game prompted me to speak with Dr. Taylor who explained to me that I was to see a patient and order tests, make diagnoses, and even provide treatment. She even directed to me to the clinic library, where I was provided valuable information about different bacteria and viruses. My first...

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