Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Post of Quotes

"My personality description: I am an awesome person. Everyone likes me the moment they meet me. I am the life of the party and all of your lives will be improved once you have spent a day, nay, an hour with me."
I pilfered that from my friend's AIM blurb, which she took from her roommate (who had always wanted to say that in person to someone). I thought it was amusing and worthy of sharing. :-P
"In May, one or two huge decisions must be made and they affect many besides yourself . . . Gather your lieutenants. Sit down at a big table and sort out the details of these issues . . . You think big when you might better be thinking small . . . Drop the control freak behavior. You want to be everywhere at once, doing everything and doing it well. You must however make an attempt to concentrate on events at hand."
That's part of my horoscope for May from Facebook, lol. In many ways, it's eerily accurate. There are lots of decisions to be made this month, especially where student organizations and programs are concerned that I'm president/co-president/co-chair of. I may be overextending myself, and I may need to let go and trust my other board members to get things done (in a timely and organized manner). Fortunately, I make a big emphasis to make sure everyone's on board with something before I make a final decision - so I'd like to think that I'm a pretty good collaborator. So much work to be done over the summer, bleh.
"Love life? What's that? You will be far too occupied to play at hearts and flowers. There might be a tiny flirtation in the wings around the 21st of the month. But it won't lead anywhere because you will not let it . . . right?"
Well, that doesn't bode well, lol. So Drew broke up with his bf of 3-4 months. For good now (the reasons of which I shall not reveal here). He's still super-busy and it's still pretty difficult to get a hold of him on either AIM or Facebook just to chat. But that's fine, he has finals, I have finals, we all have finals. Studying should come first. I wonder where this might go, if anywhere at all. And given my like and the portends above, chances are it'll go nowhere. :-/
"He decided to open a sporting goods store instead because he wanted to get as much out of his life as he could before it was shortened by the disease."
That's a quote from this article. In short, a patient goes to see his doctor about whether or not he should go to med school. The patient asks that question because he has a family history of Huntington's disease, an autosomal dominant genetic disease. The patient finds out he does have the gene allele for Huntington's, which means he'd have symptoms starting in his mid-30s to early-40s, and he'd probably die by his 50s or 60s.

And so, instead he expresses what's quoted above. In a way, that's saying something. Particularly the part "because he wanted to get as much out of his life as he could." Those words are rather chilling (perhaps oddly so) for me to read.

Sometimes I do wonder. It's not like I'm going to drop out of med school (willingly), but I entertain the thought from time to time. I had a conversation with a friend earlier today about med school education. We're both soundly frustrated (as is pretty much everyone in our class) with the way med students are educated. The sheer volume we have to cram into our heads (and M1 year is like, nothing compared to M2 year) is just not productive. We can't retain it long-term. We have to re-learn everything, almost from scratch, every time.

Actually, let me rephrase myself. I've "learned" surprisingly little in med school. I've "studied" a lot though. Anything that I learn - like "really" learn - I retain long-term (at least for a few months to a few years). Studying means I just know it for a test and then move on. I learned a lot in undergrad and grad school, and I retain a lot of it. I retained more from my undergrad biochem class than my med school biochem class. There's something wrong with that. I hate studying things over and over again, because I didn't learn it well the first time (because it wasn't taught well). Some things don't really get that much easier the 2nd or even 3rd time around. ::cough:: cardiovascular physiology ::cough::

I remember the days when learning used to be fun, stimulating, engaging. I remember the days when I walked out of lecture able to recall exactly what I was expected to learn, rather than be utterly confused. I miss those days.
"I'm Yours" by The Script

The refrain:

I may not have the softest touch
I may not say the words as such
And though I may not look like much
I'm yours.

And though my edge is maybe rough
I never feel I'm quite enough
And it may not seem like very much
But I'm yours.


Ron said...

cvs physiology isn't that bad in my opinion. neuro's more of the bitch that makes me vomit outta my ass and shit outta my mouth.

sorry bad mood


D said...

Hey, never commented before, but I do have some thoughts about med school (something I would never, EVER do, btw). Medicine sounds like a tricky subject to teach because of the raw amount of vocabulary and concepts that you have to absorb. Other professional degrees, like J.D.s and MBAs, are probably easier because they rely on case studies and examples that continuously force students to recall and apply what they've learned. I'm sure that when it comes to things like medical education, there is a lot of resistance to change, because everyone is afraid that something important will get left out. Of course, most of the difference between studying and learning has to do with the instructor and how he/she teaches the course, and let's face it, no matter the subject, there are more boring, uninspired drones with whiteboards than there are truly entertaining, inspiring instructors. Anyway, I guess its going to be up to you to find a way to learn the information you need, even if your instructors are no help. Best of luck. :)

Gabey said...

I'm in love with that poem.

As far as everythin else i cant even imagine med school. good on ya. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm in medical school too, and I totally know what you are talking about. By the time boards come around, it'll be like learning everything all over again.

Uncutplus said...

Of course some professors can really make the material come alive and fun to learn and are better than the droll boring ones. However, learning is our own responsibility and being a physician this is even more so, because you need to continue that education on your own, through CEUs, conventions, and with your colleagues throughout your career.

That is why medicine like any other career is something that you MUST have a passion for and want to learn as much as you can because it is what gives you the most satisfaction. Being able to study a specialty gives one the opportunity to fine tune that passion, do research, and learn as much about it as you can to serve your fellow man.

When anyone does not feel this passion, then it is time for a re-evaluation to find out what his passion really is. As long as you are happy doing what you really want to do, you will be the best, because of your own internal drive.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend tells me I'm fantastic and the best and cutest. To which I always answer, "well of course I am." Let's hear it for self-confidence.

Your lyrics there at the end remind me of when I try to compliment someone and it ends out coming wrong, like backhanded or such. At that point I usually break down and say, "look, I'm trying to be complimentary, but it's failing, all the pieces are there, construct a compliment in a way that isn't also offensive."

Adithya said...

Hiii, just wanna say that your blog is good. I like the way you write :)

Aek said...

Ron: Cardiovascular physiology is bad only because it was taught poorly (in that, it wasn't really taught). Neuro, on the other hand, is pretty much evil. But making a review ppt of it makes it tolerable, lol.

D: I think you have a point. In medicine, each concept isn't usually that difficult, it's just the sheer amount of info. What's annoying is that there's info that we're required to know even though we will never use that knowledge unless we see a very small subset of patients and/or do research on that topic. Medicine can be, to some degree, streamlined.

Gabey: Lol, that poem is the lyrics to that YouTube song I posted. But thanks. :-)

Anonymous: Let's commiserate.

Uncutplus: True. But let's identify the difference between doing and studying. Learning can be active or passive, and much of education is still currently set up in a passive "Socratic" manner.

James: Hmm . . .

Adithya: Thanks! :-)