Med Help Program

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  1. Y2KOK

    Y2KOK Junior Member

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    hi,
    i am a first semester having trouble with my classes, the material is easy to understand, but the i have trouble taking the test. also my reading skill are below average for medical students. furthermore, i have a hard time remembering information, primarly during test, i am able to explain the course material to other students without any reference to books or notes. i feel as if i have a combination of problems.
    one of the staff memebers recommened that i attend the med help program at marshal. but that is a little costly and would take me out of school for a semester. i dont mind either of the two drawbacks.
    however, i would like to know if there are other programs that help students with such problems. and if there are any programs in california. ( my family lives in california). most importantly, what can i do to help myself get through the first semester. i still have a shot at passing all my classes... but i need a new apporch to medical school.

    thank you.
     
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  3. oldman

    oldman Senior Citizen
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    do all of your plans involve taking time off from medical school?

    since you got into medical school, you obviously had to take many tests in the past. why are you suddenly finding yourself overwelmed? perhaps identifying the cause might help.

    in general i prep for tests by two processes.
    1. read the notes
    2. write the notes down in my own notebook
    3. do practice tests
    4. sleep
     
  4. Y2KOK

    Y2KOK Junior Member

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    hey,
    actually i have always had this problem. i can understand the matterial but i cant reporduce it during a test. its been happening since high school.. the SATs were very hard for me. but i was able to get through college. those were the hardest 5 years of my life. now in medical school, the amount of matterial is much more and my problems are more present. numerous proffesors have told me to seek help. i am able to recall lectures word for word, even site the book, but i still do bad on test....
    as i said before you know any program that could help me, please let me know. thanks, take care.
     
  5. ubiquitous

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    Just curious: What is the med help program?
     
  6. paean

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    Get tested by a qualified specialist in adult learning disabilities. Make sure they specialize in adults, most work primarily with kids. They may be able to pinpoint what is probematic about your learning process, and that will give you:

    1. Specific suggestions (different from the average persons') for ways to study and take exams.

    2. If you have a learning disability, you may be eligible for accomodations that aim to give you the same opportunity as everyone else to demonstrate your knowledge. The idea of accomodations is to level the playing field for people who start out with a marked disadvantage in specific processing functions. Common accomodations (and they are tailored to an individual's disability) are extended time, quiet rooms, taking tests orally, different testing formats, or different formats entirely to prove you have mastered the material.

    The program you mentioned may incorperate this testing or not. I would urge you to get tested now to see if you can get into a better position to continue without taking time off. Best of luck with this.
     
  7. Jalby

    Jalby I fight crime at day when Batman are sleeping.

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    I hate to be the person to suggest this, but have you ever considered that medicine might be the wrong career for you??
     
  8. Al Pacino

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    I don't think such a snide remark is necessary here; someone is struggling and needs help and empathy. You can bring your arrogance and condescension somewhere else.
     
  9. AlternateSome1

    AlternateSome1 Burnt Out
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    Wow. How was that in ANY way snide? Are people so afraid to have their career path challenged that they are willing to jump on anyone who brings up such a question? I think it is important to ask yourself two questions every day.
    1) "Am I happy with this?"
    2) "Am I cut out for this?"

    Otherwise, you will end up pushing yourself to meet some unrealistic goal that you are not happy with, and you will never realize what you have done until it is too late. Always question things, especially those so important.

    ~AS1~
     

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