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For current med students...


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15+ Year Member
Nov 11, 2003
    The following scale has been developed in close
    cooperation with the UVA psychiatry services. It is
    designed to test if you have spent too much time in
    medical school and whether you are having adverse side
    effects due to prolonged exposure. Score one point for
    each statement that applies to you.
    1 You have ever said "Netter is god".
    2 You can discuss autopsy/ anatomy over a meal
    3 You own a 4 color pen
    4 -it just isn't enough colors for you
    5 You use more than one color to take notes
    6 You have use up more than 6 highlighters in the past
    6 months
    7 you have ever highlighted something YOU wrote
    8 you retype handouts given in class
    9 you haven't had a date in 3 months
    10 you haven't had a date since entering med school
    11 you have not been able to remember the normal term
    for something because you were thinking of the medical
    term (ie reflux for heartburn)
    12 You get more sleep in lecture than at home
    13 You know the correct spelling for pruritus
    14 -you also know what it means
    15 You have ever asked a question in class
    16 -The prof. didn't understand the question
    17 -you didn't believe the answer the prof. gave
    18 -you went to look it up to see if they were right
    19 You can't hold a conversation on anything other
    than med school
    20 You skip class to study
    21 You've said you didn't do well on a test on which
    you beat the mean
    22 You spend more than 15 hrs a week on e-mail
    23 You have a callous on you finger from writing
    24 More than one professor knows you by name
    25 When you ask a question, a new professor has said
    "Oh, I've heard of you"
    26 You can name more amino acids than past presidents
    27 You use more than 5 acronyms an hour when talking
    28 you actually know what PERRLA stands for
    29 You know all the steps of the TCA cycle
    30 You do not read PTA as parent teachers association
    31 You can remember the muscles in the forearm
    32 You know the strucures in the urea cycle
    33 You know the dermatome distribution
    34 You can't remember what you had for breakfast
    35 You can't spell world, much less backwards
    36 You've ever been sexually aroused by the breast
    shadow on an X-ray
    37 You equate "morning stiffness" with Rhematoid
    38 You actually know normal values for plasma Na
    39 -K
    40 Missing class causes you extreme stress
    41 You have seriously asked someone "So how does that
    make you feel?"
    42 You have asked will this be on the exam
    43 -Just after the prof. said it wouldn't
    44 You identify with Deb on E.R.
    45 You have made a medical joke
    46 -no one laughed
    47 -You figure they just weren't that far in their
    48 You wear your stethescope around your neck on the
    49 -you don't even know which way the thing goes in
    your ears
    50 "SOB" means short of breath to you
    51 You have gone to student health with suspicion of a
    disease you have studied
    52 -within 3 days of the lecture
    53 You have answered a question in class
    54 -asked by the professor
    55 -it was a rhetorical question
    56 You can quote lines from the movie "Malice"
    57 -you believe them
    58 You can flip your pen over your thumb
    59 -with both hands
    60 -you do so throughout class
    61 You have corrected a professor in class
    62 -the rest of the class didn't understand the
    lecture to begin with
    63 You know how to claculate specificity
    64 -positive predictive value
    65 -anion gap
    66 -you can't balance your checkbook
    67 You don't know what the weather was like for the
    past week
    68 You don't know what the weather is like right now
    69 You actually talk in open ended questions
    70 DIC isn't a slang term for the penis in your book
    71 You think B-is a bad grade
    72 you have stressed about a pass/fail class
    73 You study during most of your meals
    74 You saw nothing abnormal about the
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    75 You draw all of the slides not already provided in
    the handouts
    76 -including the cartoons (humourous type)
    77 Anatomy makes you hungry
    78 You would even consider saying "Ease back on my
    finger at your own pace"
    79 You know the size of a RBC
    80 -you don't know the size of a football field
    81 Your eyesight has worsened by 10 pts or more in the
    last year
    82 You have the library hours memorized
    83 Hou have your own seat in the library
    84 You score more than 95 on the Epidemiology final
    85 You own more than one white coat
    86 You have debated between giving up sleep or eating
    in order to find more time to study
    87 You started studying for boards more than 2 months
    in advance
    88 You have never received a personal invitation to
    discuss your grades with the dean
    89 A tie is the only addition necessary to what you
    normally wear when you go to see patients
    90 You wear scrubs to tests
    91 You have made plans to study on a beach during
    92 -you actually did
    93 You have a designated seat in lecture
    94 -You have ever asked someone to move from "your
    95 You sleep less than 4 hrs a night
    96 -you think that is plenty
    97-you have thought about cutting back
    98 You study more than 35 hrs outsid of class
    99 -you think you are a slackard
    100 You think everyone answers yes to most of these
    <20 You're not in Med school.Go back to your party and
    leave us alone.We have work to do.
    20-35 Either Med school is a breeze or you like the
    sound of "Senor doctor"
    35-45 Gotta love that Primary Care
    45-60 Well, I never really thought about MD/Phd, but
    now that you mention it?
    60-75 Your social life is shot, might as well try to
    earn lots of money
    75-90 Which surgery subspecialty did you say you
    90+ All hail, great Med School Nerd master.
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