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Your toughest first year class??

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Nestle, May 21, 2001.

  1. Nestle

    Nestle Member 7+ Year Member

    May 20, 2001
    Hi! Just wondering.... what would you say was your toughest first-year class in med school? Were there any that most people agree is the killer class? just interested cuz i'm starting in fall and gonna be taking gross anat, microbio, CMB, pharmacology, path, histology, embryology, physiology and "host defense" whatever that is, among others. which is the toughest in general? :D null
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  3. GreatPumpkin

    GreatPumpkin Mystical Treatbringer 10+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2001
    Host defense, must be immuno. I thought micro and pharm were the toughest just due to all the memorization of strange names.
  4. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    For me it was Histology - darn slides always looked the same (and still do) to me.

    You can see why Path was not a career choice for me! ;)
  5. Pegasus

    Pegasus Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Different courses are more difficult depending on what your interests are.

    By far, Anatomy was the largest amount of subject matter and memory. However, Histology and Micro were Hell!! Just boring memorization spit back out. I would take anatomy over before I would take those other 2!

    JANPLME Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Providence, RI
    I 2nd the micro and histo problems. I read the Lange series "Microbiology and Immunology" section on Immuno over break, and it was fine. Good luck.
  7. Pilot

    Pilot Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2000
    NeuroAnatomy. The instructor has been teaching it for 40-odd years, and when test time came around he would test us over material he thought he had already covered. On one lab test I missed six questions which were covered in the lab session the week after the exam. Didn't matter to the instructor - he didn't throw any questions out. I learned a valuable lesson - know everything. :D
  8. WSU02

    WSU02 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2001
    Detroit, MI
    Biochem. Without a doubt, meaningless, useless memorization of minutiae that had ZERO clinical application (e.g. the structure of the amino acids, the 1 letter abbreviations of them, whether a reaction was a nucleophilic reaction - POINTLESS!!!!!).

    Y'all had immuno first year?!?!?!?! :eek:

    [email protected] Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    New York
    i found "general pathology" to be the most difficult course i've encountered during first-year med. school.

    i'm not sure which portion of the course i'd consider more treacherous: the laboratory portion with obscure slides, or the lecture portion with millions of interleukins.

    by the way: how on earth can anyone consider med. microbiology and histology to be difficult?? histology is probably the easiest course present in the med. school curriculum, and microbiology is a pleasure to learn.
  10. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Matter of opinion. I sort of liked Micro myself but found Histo INCREDIBLY boring and really had trouble visualizing the differences in the slides, so it was difficult for me.

    But I loved Path and had relatively little trouble with it. :)
  11. mutjeng

    mutjeng New Member

    May 27, 2001
    for me they were micro and phys.. for some reason physiology just didn't sink in till finals...
  12. DocToBe

    DocToBe Member 10+ Year Member

    May 28, 2000
    New Jersey
    By far, HISTOLOGY WAS THE HARDEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN IN MY LIFE. Everything looks red, it is INCREDIBLY boring, and the memorization was awful. At least the material in microbiology was interesting!
  13. kris

    kris Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2001
    Red! What stain did you guys have? All my slides and pics were pink and purple. :)

  14. MikeS 78

    MikeS 78 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 29, 2000
    east coast
    if you are making it to path and micro in the first year then there is no way that you are covering enough detail to really bog you down.

    In the traditional (detailed) curriculum, the standard 1st year classes are gross, biochem/cell, histo, neuro/neuroanat, physio, embryo, epidemio

    Hence I think what you should really worry about is passing the boards step 1 because they are not going to beat very much of the rest of it into you

    I think histo was tough as hell for the 1st 3 months till I got used to looking at what H&E looks like, what are the components of an epithelial sheet...what the lamina propria is etc...after that it is pretty straight forward...the problem is that you really have to have a grasp on it to pass histopath the next year

    If you can't tell I don't think very highly of PBL
  15. Mango

    Mango Very Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I guess I'm the exact opposit of you all, cause I though Micro Anatomy was great! Yeah there was a lot of detail memorizing, but if you give me something to physically look at, I can learn it much better than something you've only told me about. For me, the anti-Christ was my Biochem professor, who spouted off endless reactions and biochemical pathways which I will NEVER see. And they always have 27 enzymes with names 27 letters long! Now THAT sucks!

    Histo and Gross were my fav's for sure. I liked Phys a lot too, because it is interesting, and actually usefull for our careers, unlike learning how the body makes each amino acid. :eek: Everything I learned in biochem has already dribbled out onto my pillow anyway! I have happily forgotten it all! And I don't care if I ever relearn it for the boards. Those questions will be sacrificed for my sanity's sake! :D

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