Today was the first day of Block 3 – GIMNER (Gastrointestinal, Metabolism, Nutrition, Endocrinology, and Reproduction). Whew, just typing that list wore me out. I can’t imagine what the coming weeks will bring. 😀
Much to my satisfaction, more of our Block 3 lectures will be centered around biochemistry compared to those from Block 2. There’s something about chemistry which grabs my attention. Maybe it’s the interaction of functional groups or the catabolic/anabolic processes associated with various metabolites which just… makes… logical sense? I don’t really know, but I like it! Not to mention that I was a chemistry and biochemistry major in undergrad, so I’m just a little biased. 😉
Also, I’ve started some mild-core (as oppose to hardcore) USMLE Step I review as we cover different topics in lecture. It’s a good feeling knowing what First Aid is talking about when they say “hemidesmosomes.” I just wish I knew it for the actual block exam. 😉 One thing’s for sure… this block is going to see Rishi giving a lot more of his time to studying rather than shadowing physicians.
In other news, I just finished watching the Rockets decimate the Utah Jazz at THEIR home court. That in itself has inspired me to pick up my physiology book and continue reading about the gastrointestinal system. So… here I go.