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isux

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i just totally screwed up on my OSCE exam and been doing horrible on all my exams so far...im utterly disorganized that i usually fail to even completely go over the syllibus once for my exams..my house is a mess. am i doomed?? im seriously doubting my ability to get through all these..im now only a MS2. and i seriously lack confidence and am extremely shy. words of encouragement desperately needed. please help.
 

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I know what you mean about disorganization making it hard to do well. I'm not in medschool yet, but I think that's universal. You say your house is a mess - clean it up, get organized, and make today your first day of getting your **** together. It ain't over 'til it's over, you'll be ok - just keep improving! :luck:
 

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It sounds like you might have ADD or social anxiety disorder. You might think about going to your school's student mental health clinic. Also, just think about how close you are to finishing your second year, and try your hardest for that short period of time. It will be over before you know it. :thumbup:
Don't worry, I went through a similar situation earlier this year, and I'm now taking a small dose of Lexapro. It helps me tremendously!! EVERYONE feels like you are feeling at some point in their lives. It's completely normal.
 
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You could always go to the opposite extreme and be so organized that you are always organizing your stuff and organizing study plans that you never actually get around to studying! O.K. 7 1/2 hours until that neuroscience exam and I still haven't gone over the whole syllabus yet (or attended the majority of the lectures). I'm working on mastering the art of the cramming session!
 
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Isux - take a step back from your situation. You've just taken the first difficult step in addressing the issue and sharing your difficulty with others. Now draw back upon yourself and figure out what your strengths are. Remember how you got through all those classes in college, MCAT preparation, and first year med school classes. You obviously have ability to have made it this far.

Next, if your office of student affairs has good advising, take a visit tomorrow morning and seek some counsel. Often times, it can help to talk with someone outside of your classes to help sort out various issues. The most important thing is not to carry this alone.

PM me if you have specific questions - I will pray for you tonight...
 

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hey there
hope this helps abit
I hope you are not suffering from early burnout..but I think it's really cool of you to seek help, early
About your OSCE, it's all about practice..wat I do is, we gather a few friends and we practice amongst ourselves..try to fit in like an hour or 2 per week practicing, it really helps esp since OSCE is also about confidence

You should also seek help from the counsellors in your school..and always remember, you got through MCAT and other exams in your life, you can get through it this time round..PM me if you need any help on your OSCEs :)
 

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I was VERY overwhelmed second year. I struggled to get thru the material, I was stressed out to no end, and I always felt like I couldn't manage to get thru. But I did. Sometimes I didn't get the grade I wanted, and sometimes I got so overwhelmed I was unhealthy physically and mentally.

Remember that even though it may seem like you are the only one, some of your classmates feel exactly the same way as you do, you probably just don't know it. Some are probably in worse shape then you. It sounds like you had a bad day on top of hitting a bit of a rough patch.

You WILL get through it. It may not seem like it now, but you will. The sheer exhaustion is just catching up with you right now. Usually sleep and a night or two of (gasp!) vegetating in front of the boob-tube (post-exam) helped me to de-stress and gear up for what was next. Maybe skipping class to get more study or sleep time will help you? As others suggested, talking to someone in academic affairs or your dean of students may be helpful in giving you some peace of mind or getting you some help to enable you to get through. Maybe they can give you an exam delay to help you get back on your feet. Maybe you need a tutor or someone to help develop a workable study plan for you. Your school wants to keep you enrolled, and wants you to have good mental health---they will try to help you out, especially if explain you are at your wit's end.

Remember that things change third and fourth years. Yes, you still have to study and worry about things, but you only have one class at a time. You probably have longer intervals between exams. Every clerkship is different in terms of stress and work---there are some with long hours and some with relatively few hours and minimal studying requirements.

Take things one day at a time. Breathe. Take a jog if you like to exercise. Two years from now, I GUARANTEE no one else will care if you sucked it up on an OSCE during second year, although right now it may seem like it's one more thing to worry about. :luck: :luck: :luck:

good luck
 

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OSCE = Objective Structured Clinical Examination
 
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