Friday, July 1, 2016

Block 4 Week 11: That'll do pig, that'll do.

It's probably a little bit presumptuous to start writing my final blog post for my first year of medical school two whole days before it is actually over. But I'm sitting here in lockdown before our anatomy practical, and I have no electronic devices to keep me entertained. So I thought I'd at least get started. We take practicals in sections because our lab can't hold that many students at once in a testing environment. So to keep anyone from sharing information, they quarantine us in the building with no devices until everyone has finished. It's a bit of a drag because although it's a great time to study, everyone is super noisy and it's impossible to concentrate. Also, all of my study materials are electronic, so I can either try to take a nap or write. So here I am, scribbling in a notebook instead of typing on my computer. Handwriting blogs would never take off, I assure you.

This week has been full of exams and studying and waiting on grades. I've gotten some good news in the grades department for the most part, but I'm still chewing my nails over a few hanging out there. I also got to participate in a group simulation with the manikin. Now, manikins are a little freaky. They can breathe, blink, sweat, vomit, etc. They can exhibit just about any kind of symptoms you can think of. We even have a pregnant one. I was a little nervous about the experience beforehand, but it really turned out to be quite fun. I had a great time working with the team, and learning a little more about running my own team when it was my turn. It's a little scary being in charge.

So here I am sitting at home in bed after the last final. It's so weird thinking about the first year of medical school being completed. If they all go this quickly, I will need to cut down on the blinking. I'm so happy to be getting a little break before we start back with second year. It's not a huge one, though. I can't imagine a period of time I'd think would be long enough at this point. So my plan is to get some sleep, hang out with the fam, and catch up on some Netflix. We'll see how that goes. I'm not sure if I'll post weekly during the break, but I guess if anything happens worth blogging about, you'll see a post or two. Looks like I passed everything (even made some A's!) except for that one class (cell bio) that I will have to remediate. I started out the block a little rough, but I managed to pull everything out except that one. Hopefully it won't be too painful. I'm sure I'll whine about it plenty. Anyway, you're looking at a brand new second year student! YAY! Until next time...

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