I wish I could tell you that it was really exciting. It was pretty nerve racking for me though. Med school just sort of starts out like you are in the middle of a semester already. They expect you to have background knowledge and skills and just sort of start. My first day I dissected which I hated but some people love. The only instruction we got was how to put a scalpel blade on without cutting our fingers off. I did manage to cut the finger of one of my lab partners which was super.icebrat001 said:So you weren't anxious and excited about being there? You weren't smiling during your first day of lectures? Weren't you happy? No awesome feeling inside, nothing, just lecture and back home?
icebrat001 said:So you weren't anxious and excited about being there? You weren't smiling during your first day of lectures? Weren't you happy?
I don't remember. Do you count orientation? I am glad never to take gross anatomy ever again. It was an experience.icebrat001 said:I'd love to hear about your experiences on your very first day of med school.
Hey, I managed to do the same when I was an undergraduate. She asked me not to stab her again.erin682 said:I did manage to cut the finger of one of my lab partners which was super.
Panda Bear said:My school has an entire week of orientation during which you are told three hundred times some variation of "You are so special."
They also give you lots of frankly untrue advice on how to study and how to survive.
Orientation is notable for what they don't tell you.
Don't believe the hype. Smile, enjoy the week (or however long your school allots for the emotional masturbation that some call orientation) but prepare to get on it once real classes start. If you study, you will pass. If you study all the time, you may get good grades but then again you may only do a few points better than your slacker friend who studies one fifth as much as you.
Sometimes there seems to be no correlations between the amount of time you put in studying and your grade. For example, if I spend an hour looking at old test questions and half of the questions on the test are almost word-for-word repeats of these questions, I'm going to automatically do better than somebody who knows the material in great depth but might be unable to translate this knowledge into answer "D" on question 21.
hmm. Are you serious? You really think we should do this? What else do you think we should do?Shangal said:My advice for all you kids who just got accepted is buy a netter's and start memorizing those pictures now. maybe you won't be as lost as I was in anatomy.
He's just angry. Anatomy gets to everyone at some point. If you haven't started school yet, don't be in a rush to start memorizing stuff ahead of time. Enjoy your last moments of freedom/undergrad. If that still doesn't convince you and you're intent on learning stuff before hand, then I suppose you could memorize the blood vessel plates. Those are the ones you seriously have to know cold. Things like what the parent vessels of certain arteries and veins are, and anastomosis (the way vessels interconnect and are able to bypass a blockage in a given vesel). Trying to learn muscles probably isn't worthwhile before classes start until you learn the anatomical vocabulary for positions and actions, words like anterior, caudal, pronation, adduction, etc.tinkerbelle said:hmm. Are you serious? You really think we should do this? What else do you think we should do?
On my first day, I did pretty much the same thing. Except we tried on white coats and signed many, many forms.Luke816 said:
No problem. There are a lot of little details you'll have to get eventually. The big thing I wanted to stress is don't do work during the summer unless you absolutely positively want to. I mean, unless you get migranes and chest pain if you're not studying, don't spend your time doing work before med school starts. You're going to be doing a lot of that during med school, and you're not going to have a lot of opportinty to do other things. Also, I should probably elaborate on what a "plate" is. Netter's atlas (an anatomy book you'll undoubtadly get) calls its pages "plates". It literally says "plate 356" instead of page 356. I don't know why it's that way, but there's probably a good reason for it.tinkerbelle said:Thanks for the info Rogue_Leader I don't really want to waste time memorizing a whole bunch of little details. But I thought it might be useful to learn some basic anatomy. I'll check out this "blood vessel plates" stuff you mentioned.
LOL, despite your bad mood, you speak nothing but truths The best is to have a good memory of everyone during those first days, and then compare how everyone looks during finals. Shaggy facial hair, pillow head, red eyes, pyjamas, and IV's filled with 5 molar coffee.azzarah said:I was soooo excited to be here, everyone smiled, was well-dressed, acted super-friendly, and fake. First day of lecture, people kept interrupting to ask questions that made them look smart and made me feel like sh!t. I love med school!
Sorry I am in a bad mood today....