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Going to lectures???

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Cody1MD, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. Cody1MD

    Cody1MD USF MPH/DrPH 10+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    FLL, FL
    do med students not go to lecture because the professor's lecture sucks or just because one can do just fine without some of them? need some input.
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  3. med student

    med student Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2001
    New York
    I do not go to some lecture for both reasons. Like right now I go to all physio lectures but only some biochem because some of the biochem profs are really bad and some of the material is easier to read in a book.
  4. i have learned that lectures (for me at least) are only occasionaly helpful. sometimes the profs suck, or more likely, i am usually not prepared to learn what they are teaching. if i haven't read what is being presented it is way beyond me to get anything out of it. my advice is to spend the time learning the way you learn best. for me, that is late in the term under pressure, on my own. not very effecien, but old habits die hard.

    one thing that i consider is face time. it is pretty important here, as the lecturer is typically the dept head, who is our oral examiner. since our entire grade is based only on one oral exam, i try not to miss ALL the lectures. usually early i miss a bunch and then toward the end of the year i titrate upward, so it appears as though i am a dilligent student!
  5. florisio

    florisio Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2001
    It's an interesting subject. I attend essentially no lectures and I think that it is actually beneficial to my studying. The professors are fine I'm told and our school as a transcript service such that you can read the entire lecture while looking at the lecture slides online. Plus you can do it entirely at your own pace so if there is something that isn't clear you can check on it rather than sitting in class thinking about it such that you miss the next ten minutes and waste the entire time. I also don't like to get up before noon and I often study until 4 in the morning. Waking up for class would destroy my study schedule, plus I'd be much less inclined to go through the transcripts SLOWLY and CAREFULLY if I attended the very same class that morning. We have conferences and case studies in the afternoon which I always attend.
  6. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    What med schools do you guys attend and do you think that this is permissable at most med schools? I'm thinking that schools which emphasize PBL would probably not allow it, what do you think?
  7. guardian

    guardian Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2001
    I don't go to alot of lectures. Right now I'm taking a neuro/psych course at SUNY Upstate. Most of our lectures are taped (depending on how many of the tapes get screwed up). For the psych lectures it's good to attend because I can follow them. For the neuro lectures I often skip because there is so much information that is being thrown at us. For me it's just better to read the text with the notes at my own slow pace.
    I'm the type of learner who needs to continously review and have some time to digest and process information. Which is why weekends are a must! I just hope I can pick up the pace when it comes to 2nd year.
  8. Cody1MD

    Cody1MD USF MPH/DrPH 10+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    FLL, FL
    Florisio, what school do u go to? I'll be starting at Downstate this year. Thanks for the info everyone. Im the same way study till 4am and hate waking up before 12pm! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> Im much more productive that way. I guess going to the first couple of days to classes for each block will let me know if i need to.

    Again Thanks everyone! mike
  9. dr.evil

    dr.evil Senior Member Physician 7+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2001
    Oh how i feel for those who don't like to wake prior to noon. i was the same way during the first two years and attended as few of the lectures as humanly possible. THEN, 3rd year hit. Waking up at 4am on surgery or ob/gyn was a mild shock to the body but i guess i adjusted.

    Lectures are good if you want to find out what the professor really stresses (i.e. what's on the test). Our transcript service keened in on the points that lecturers stressed which made up for not being there. The problem was the lecturers received copies of the notes and could manipulate their test questions so only those who attended had the upper hand. this was rare so i continued to skip lectures. it worked for me.

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