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i HATE medical microbiology!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Dr. Hugh Hefner, Mar 3, 2003.

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  1. Dr. Hugh Hefner

    Dr. Hugh Hefner Senior Member Banned 10+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2002
    arghhhh!!! studyin for a test right now.....basically noddin off every 5 sec's.

    who cares about all these diff bacteria and every f****in little detail about em and all the diseases they cause :mad:

    the worst thing is - i know im gonna hafta re-learn this $hit all over again in med school. :(

    has anybody out there taken a course like this and actually enjoyed it as an undergrad???

    me thinks its time for a beer :thumbup:
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  3. UCSBMed1

    UCSBMed1 SoCal Hater 7+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    I took a Microbiology class, and a medical microbiology class last quarter. I loved them!

    Of course, I'm a Micro major, so I'm kinda biased. :p
  4. dynx

    dynx Yankee Imperialist 10+ Year Member

    I took it as a grad student and I liked it. The key is to make it interesting. Find a group of people and as long as your are not to close to a test turn quizing eachother on it into a drinking game. For me this helped the info stick.
  5. NE_Cornhusker1

    NE_Cornhusker1 12" Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2001
    The Cornhusker State
    I feel your pain. I'm studying (or not studying) for a molecular genetics test tommorow. The book flat-out sucks, the figure is usually about 5 pages from where it is being discussed in the text. The author will start by considering old experiments (from 60's and 70's) and then usually conclude with something to the effect of 'they were about half right and here is some current data that is correct.' Way to waste my freaking time (in case you can't tell I'm good at that already). Peace.
  6. HoMuffin

    HoMuffin Procrastination Queen 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    I took a medical micro class last semester and loved it! I'm fascinated by infectious diseases. :D
  7. siempre595

    siempre595 7+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    I'm in microbio right now. I'd be fine with it, except they've got us learning all the genetic details of everything. transcription this, attenuation of that, and after about 2 minutes i'm lost and not caring. I feel your pain.....let me out!
  8. oceandocDO

    oceandocDO Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 14, 2002
    I know your pain, yet get used to it. Micro and the related pharm are the bread and butter of medicine. Without bugs and drugs we'd all be out of jobs.

    Hang in there. It'll be more exciting when those bugs are oozing out of a patient's orifice and you're told to culture it. :eek:
  9. geromine

    geromine Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2002
    Ditto, I am taking it now and its very interesting. There are some boring lectures but for the most part its really good. I guess it all depends on the lecturers.
  10. abw

    abw Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 20, 2002
    I hated micro when i was studying it - we had a visiting immunologist prof. who taught it at a grad school level. 1 week before the exam we were handed a 45 page packet of details on every classification of microorganism. She would pick out 10 obscure facts and that was our exam. I remember walking out after that feeling like a doctor. I've completely forgotten everything though. the only thing i remotely remember is gram +/- (but i don't remember which has a capsule) and how much fun it was to grow things in lab.
  11. rjhtamu

    rjhtamu Stargazer Royale 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Houston, Tx
    I took it as an undergrad and loved it as well, but as with what other people have said, microbiology was my major and I also realliy liked infectious disease.
  12. hudsontc

    hudsontc Attending 10+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2002
    Culturing the little buggers in lab was fun. I also enjoyed the final experiment of the lab...which was to identify the 2-3 unknowns of a nutrient broth. Good times. Lecture was remarkably boring though and way too much memorization for the course to be of considerable use to me at that stage in my education (forgot material within a few days/weeks of test).
  13. 2badr

    2badr **Switch** 10+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2001
    wow you must really hate that course!! I have been told I am going to hate my microbiology classes.I think the worst part about them will be the time factor and all that factual stuff to remember about those "things that ails us".:D
    I am actually looking forward to pathogenic microbiology...but then again I am a Clinical Science/Applied Microbiology major.
    (i have all the links to all the microbiology sites added to my favorites) :oops:
    There is such a broad base of knowledge to be learned from micro!
    Once you start to see microbiology's "relevance" to the study of medicine you probably won't hate it so much.;)
    Good Luck!!!
  14. burs0028

    burs0028 eat. sleep. tPA. 10+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2002
    I just got out of my Micro lab and have lecture in 2 hours. I am enjoying the material, but the class is so easy that I don't feel like I'm learning anything. This morning we all had to obtain rectal bacterial samples with a sterile swab. Is this a common practice in Micro labs or does our curriculum deviate from the norm?
  15. geromine

    geromine Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2002
    It is in fact normal practice. Who doesn't want to know what lives in their a$$?

    And capsul has nothing to do with Gm-stain.

    I don't understand why all the people with no interest in micro would take medical micro as an undergrad knowing that it would all be repeated in med school.
  16. Curci

    Curci The Master Chief 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    New Jersey
    Normal practice? We never got NEAR our butts in micro lab. :)

    I really enjoyed med bac when I took it last year. The class was ALL exams and memorization. THAT I can handle. What I hate is having to give presentations and write papers. I'm taking a wimpy, two credit emerging infectious diseases class now, and I hate it because guess what I have to do? I have to give a 20 minute presentation tomorrow. If it were an exam, I'd be asleep by now, but since it's a dumb presentation, I have to waste time finding pictures and putting slides together. I HATE presentations!!! :mad:

    I guess that's because I'm so lazy now. :oops:

    Whooohooo! Senioritis!! :clap:
  17. UCLA2000

    UCLA2000 7+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2001
    the hospital
    I really loved that class. I hated platelets and blood disorders...

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