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What do you guys do when you're not too busy studying? Do you guys pursue hobbies? Do you look for a reason to study more? Do you sleep?

I'm trying to get an idea of what med students generally do outside of studying.
 
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I watch t.v/anime, play video games, and I go outside. I usually sleep in during the weekend days as well.
 
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I watch 2 episodes of Netflix/Amazon/HBO while running on the treadmill at 6mph (10:00 pace) or eat food while reading up on the news. If I feel lazy I take an "off day" and play whatever game I'm in the mood for on Steam.
 
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I watch t.v/anime, play video games, and I go outside. I usually sleep in during the weekend days as well.
Word. What anime have you been watching recently and games?

Thinking about studying.
Seeing as how you did do well on the COMLEX/USMLE, I believe you. In fact, I wanna score high just like you, too!
 
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I watch 2 episodes of Netflix/Amazon/HBO while running on the treadmill at 6mph (10:00 pace) or eat food while reading up on the news. If I feel lazy I take an "off day" and play whatever game I'm in the mood for on Steam.
How much free time do you get in general? I noticed you're multitasking, which means you dont' get a lot of free time, do you?

Play Pokemon Go (just quit recently), exercise, Netflix/HBO, cook/clean, shopping, take naps, try out new kind of food, hangout with friends, etc. -- anything but studying.
My phone's too weak for Pokemon Go. I wanna start exercising. Do that 7 minute workout people have been talking about.
 
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Spend time with my husband.
Play with our cats.
Watch Netflix.
Do "grown-up" things like laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.
Sleep.
How are you able to balance your med school life with married life? I'm not married, so I apologize for possibly sounding completely ignorant on the matter, but I feel like marriage seems like a full-time job in its own right.
 
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How much free time do you get in general? I noticed you're multitasking, which means you dont' get a lot of free time, do you?



My phone's too weak for Pokemon Go. I wanna start exercising. Do that 7 minute workout people have been talking about.
I don't have that much free time. Multitasking like this has been really helpful. Watching TV while on the treadmill makes me feel less bad about "wasting time" watching TV. I'm trying to be more efficiency in how I study too. I tend to waste time throughout the day by glancing at things (email/internet/etc) it adds up to a couple of hours. Using a Pomodoro time app has been a lifesaver (there's a bunch of free ones).

I feel less stressed when I multitask/prepare things. I'll have a full breakfast of eggs, toast, bowl of yogurt and sliced bananas with honey, and oatmeal, and that takes me 10 min to prepare since I lay everything out the night before.

Occasionally I'll have a day where I get nothing done and just nap, but that is OKAY, and I know I'm not a machine so I enjoy the day off and start fresh the next day.
 

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Word. What anime have you been watching recently and games?



Seeing as how you did do well on the COMLEX/USMLE, I believe you. In fact, I wanna score high just like you, too!
Usually either Final Fantasy or Dying Light. I think I might expand into playing some other games depending on how I feel.

Also I watch One Piece. I supplement it with other shorter random animes I hear good things about or find out about. Ex. I watched Aldnoah Zero during weeks 2-3 of my Neuro class.

Generally first year has plenty of time for you to do well and to also occasionally cram watch some shows. But I basically watch an hour or two of TV every night.
 

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Word. What anime have you been watching recently and games?



Seeing as how you did do well on the COMLEX/USMLE, I believe you. In fact, I wanna score high just like you, too!
Haha I do think about studying as in if I didn't study something or what I have to study the next day and things like that. But I do have PS4 so I will hit up Madden or GTA every once in a while. I also like to watch Netflix while I am eating because unlike some people I can never eat and study!
 

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Read (fiction, not medicine related), spend time with family/bf, try not to feel guilty about not studying.
 
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Read for pleasure, go exercise, watch anime or play Overwatch (support characters, of course).

I can do 50 minutes of studying, 10 minute break all day easily. I use the 10 minutes to watch half an episode of anime or play one match of Overwatch.

Currently really into Berserk, Mob Psycho 100, Re:zero, and Gintama.
 
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Read for pleasure, go exercise, watch anime or play Overwatch (support characters, of course).

I can do 50 minutes of studying, 10 minute break all day easily. I use the 10 minutes to watch half an episode of anime or play one match of Overwatch.

Currently really into Berserk, Mob Psycho 100, Re:zero, and Gintama.
Oh my god I heard amazing things about Mob Psycho. I plan on watching that once the season is over. How is Re:Zero? I recently finished Overwatch, and I'm currently watching Macross Delta and Trinity Seven.
 

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Overwatch is a video game with no story so you can't finish it lol.

Re:zero is about 85% epic and 15% annoying. Overall it is very exciting, dark and mysterious but sometimes you just want to scream with how self-pitying the main character can be.
 
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Overwatch is a video game with no story so you can't finish it lol.

Re:zero is about 85% epic and 15% annoying. Overall it is very exciting, dark and mysterious but sometimes you just want to scream with how self-pitying the main character can be.
Lol I kept reading your Overwatch as Overlord.

Regarding Re:Zero. I'll give it a go.
 

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As a student? -- drink scotch, smoke cigars, eat copious amounts of spicy Chinese food --- I wasn't a great student so I was always studying or thinking about studying....
 

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How are you able to balance your med school life with married life? I'm not married, so I apologize for possibly sounding completely ignorant on the matter, but I feel like marriage seems like a full-time job in its own right.
It is. So, very carefully.
Key points, not in order:
1) be married to someone who can create their own entertainment. Not that you should ignore them all the time, but you're going to be studying and/or in the hospital a lot, so they need their own outlet of work, hobbies, etc.
2) be married to someone who will put up with you at your worst. When you're panicking about boards, etc.
3) remember that life happens outside of medical school. We treat it like it's all-consuming, but your spouse has work/life/etc stress too. Don't blow it off.
4) treat your spouse as an important part of your life. Med school has to come first, a lot. But pay attention to when you should triage because sometimes "real life" has to win. Sometimes you can/need to take the hit on a quiz so that you can have a date night, or even a "sure I'll stop studying and watch a John Oliver episode with you" night, or cook dinner because their day sucked more than yours, and that's okay.
 
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It is. So, very carefully.
Key points, not in order:
1) be married to someone who can create their own entertainment. Not that you should ignore them all the time, but you're going to be studying and/or in the hospital a lot, so they need their own outlet of work, hobbies, etc.
2) be married to someone who will put up with you at your worst. When you're panicking about boards, etc.
3) remember that life happens outside of medical school. We treat it like it's all-consuming, but your spouse has work/life/etc stress too. Don't blow it off.
4) treat your spouse as an important part of your life. Med school has to come first, a lot. But pay attention to when you should triage because sometimes "real life" has to win. Sometimes you can/need to take the hit on a quiz so that you can have a date night, or even a "sure I'll stop studying and watch a John Oliver episode with you" night, or cook dinner because their day sucked more than yours, and that's okay.
Wow. You must have gotten really lucky because I think finding a spouse with a combination of those qualities cam be hard. I think that's something worth being appreciative about.

As a student? -- drink scotch, smoke cigars, eat copious amounts of spicy Chinese food --- I wasn't a great student so I was always studying or thinking about studying....
Wait, how can you say you weren't a great student if you were always studying?

Also, John Oliver is very awesome.
 
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Wow. You must have gotten really lucky because I think finding a spouse with a combination of those qualities cam be hard. I think that's something worth being appreciative about.



Wait, how can you say you weren't a great student if you were always studying?

Also, John Oliver is very awesome.
Very easily -- the amount of effort put in did not turn into the grades you would expect with said effort. -- I would go down the rabbit holes trying to do all the reading assigned, go over the power points, do whatever questions I could get my hands on -- It wasn't until much, much later that I realized I was flailing about trying various study methods that never worked for me in the first place -- recall that I hadn't done hard core studying for about 17 years -- I failed to adapt in time and wound up sucking through MS1/2 --- I'm one of those former engineers who's a bit OCD/German and wants to know WHY the hell we're doing something and how the physiology actually works --- for example -- I can discuss with you the sodium shifts in the kidney and how the various pumps distributed throughout the nephron take advantage of/cause those sodium shifts to alternately either concentrate or dilute urine, etc. -- I enjoy that stuff, it's pretty cool to me -- but that doesn't help a heckuva lot when you need to know the difference between the various flavors of glomerulonephritis and how to identify them by the histopathologic appearnace and then discuss the diseases of the kidney,etc. --- It's my fault, but I wasn't a really good student as I didn't recognize what I was doing/not doing early enough....
 
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Very easily -- the amount of effort put in did not turn into the grades you would expect with said effort. -- I would go down the rabbit holes trying to do all the reading assigned, go over the power points, do whatever questions I could get my hands on -- It wasn't until much, much later that I realized I was flailing about trying various study methods that never worked for me in the first place -- recall that I hadn't done hard core studying for about 17 years -- I failed to adapt in time and wound up sucking through MS1/2 --- I'm one of those former engineers who's a bit OCD/German and wants to know WHY the hell we're doing something and how the physiology actually works --- for example -- I can discuss with you the sodium shifts in the kidney and how the various pumps distributed throughout the nephron take advantage of/cause those sodium shifts to alternately either concentrate or dilute urine, etc. -- I enjoy that stuff, it's pretty cool to me -- but that doesn't help a heckuva lot when you need to know the difference between the various flavors of glomerulonephritis and how to identify them by the histopathologic appearnace and then discuss the diseases of the kidney,etc. --- It's my fault, but I wasn't a really good student as I didn't recognize what I was doing/not doing early enough....
I didn't have time to reply until now, but upon reading your post, at least you finally have a happy ending since according to your status, you're a verified physician. So despite all the setbacks you experienced, you were still able to become a physician. Were your third and fourth years different from your first two?
 

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I didn't have time to reply until now, but upon reading your post, at least you finally have a happy ending since according to your status, you're a verified physician. So despite all the setbacks you experienced, you were still able to become a physician. Were your third and fourth years different from your first two?
Yes and no --- I liked 3rd year but was scared spitless that I didn't know jack --- turns out all the studying for boards helped -- got a few looks from some of the PGY2s who had been graduating when I entered med school that read ,"Shut up, you're embarrassing the intern" so I had to filter it. Most of the time, I was close to the same age as the attending or older -- once they found out I was a second career student, most of them thought it was really cool (guess they thought engineering would be fun/cool) and I kept hearing comments how medicine must be soooo much easier than engineering --- uh, No --- I really liked my attending surgeon and it was very, very hard to resist his efforts to recruit me into surgery; same thing with my 2nd month IM attending -- real damned hard to resist becoming a hospitalist --- but back then I had a low opinion of my medical knowledge and was running a bad case of imposter syndrome. I think that's what tanked me on my exams first year. I had a guy that was like number 2 or 3 in my class that kept telling me prior to exams that I knew more about the material in depth than he did but I was a full letter grade below him score wise -- no idea why, likely just choked with a lack of confidence in my knowledge.

I liked 3rd year because it was more about getting the job done and working with people --- I've got a very outgoing personality and can generally strike up a conversation with just about anyone -- comes from moving with the USAF all the time during childhood -- and I always worked hard to make the teams job easier, even if it was something simple like bringing in breakfast every now and then --- you'd be surprised what hot chow and coffee can do for team spirit when you've been getting your butt kicked. I also tend to learn by doing but need supervision my first time or 2 until I learn the ropes so 3rd year played to my strengths -- I was also able to focus my studying over a small area which helped.

4th year was ok but it was more of a blow off -- at that point, I didn't want to screw something up and fail a rotation so I picked easy rotations close to home in the latter part of the year and scheduled 3 months away for my audition rotations early on so that I could finish my 4th year living at home with my children again and get back to some semblance of a normal life with them.

FWIW, I'm out now and the mind games are still going on --- I've recently been having a rough run of clinic patients so I asked a senior physician (30 years in practice) 2 questions:

1) How do you deal with the frustration that comes from difficult patients -- not medically difficult but difficult to deal with --- his answer: drink heavily or down some valium (he was kidding) -- pretty much his view is that they come to him for his professional advice and pay for it -- if they don't want to follow it, that's their issue, it's their money so he doesn't let it get him worked up or bust his butt trying to convince them. Another physician with about the same amount of experience just gives the patient whatever they want as long as it's not contraindicated or illegal. I'm likely going to adopt the first tack (not the drinking/valium part but the latter half of that statement).

2) How long did it take you to stop feeling like you were missing something/gain confidence in your treatments? -- his answer: about 5 years out of residency -- said he would go home every night and read up on patients he saw that he had questions about and when he referred to a specialist he would make sure to read the notes that they sent back to see what they did.

My point with that -- it takes a while before you quit questioning yourself and feel comfortable doing what you're doing -- the day you think you know it all, watch out.....

Anyway, not trying to derail the thread.....
 
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Oh don't worry. Even though you could have derailed the thread, your post was still very insightful. I do hope nonetheless that you continue having a fruitful experience in your newly found career unlike what engineering brought you.
 

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play league with friends, hang out with people and watch anime.
 

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What anime you watching? I recently finished Berserk. The old one, not the 2016 one and am currently watching Mob Psycho 100.
JoJo's bizarre adventure, mob psycho 100
 
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Diamond is unbreakable? If so, we just became friends.
Yep! JoJo for life, I brought up my jojo cosplaying at anime expo in my med school interview
 
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What do you guys do when you're not too busy studying? Do you guys pursue hobbies? Do you look for a reason to study more? Do you sleep?

I'm trying to get an idea of what med students generally do outside of studying.
i really like watching educational videos on youtube (typically not medically related)
 

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Diamond is unbreakable? If so, we just became friends.
Lets not forget about that one when we awoke the masters though eh
such an epic series. I can't wait for part 4 to finish.
 
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It is. So, very carefully.
Key points, not in order:
1) be married to someone who can create their own entertainment. Not that you should ignore them all the time, but you're going to be studying and/or in the hospital a lot, so they need their own outlet of work, hobbies, etc.
2) be married to someone who will put up with you at your worst. When you're panicking about boards, etc.
3) remember that life happens outside of medical school. We treat it like it's all-consuming, but your spouse has work/life/etc stress too. Don't blow it off.
4) treat your spouse as an important part of your life. Med school has to come first, a lot. But pay attention to when you should triage because sometimes "real life" has to win. Sometimes you can/need to take the hit on a quiz so that you can have a date night, or even a "sure I'll stop studying and watch a John Oliver episode with you" night, or cook dinner because their day sucked more than yours, and that's okay.
I love your reply and please stay on SDN during your residency and as an attending. Your experience and wisdom is valuable.