I’ve ventured beyond the realm of sanity and experienced what studying excessive amounts of biological information can do to an individual. With the block 1 exam only two days away, I’m wrapping up my review and realizing that I’ve become an even nerdier nerd. Here are some reasons why I think my perception of reality has been altered by studying for this test:
- The “F word” isn’t a constant (as it is in the expletive sense). The “F word” now refers to filamin or filagrin or fibrillin or fibrin or fibronectin or a whole plethora of other words which I can’t generate at the moment.
- I think the carpet in the 3rd/4th story study rooms at Baylor Med looks like skeletal muscle sarcomeres. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go look at room 405.
- Trapezius has taken on an almost divine role in my life. If it’s not on the practical, I may quite possibly fail out of despair. Furthermore, I have a series of “default answers” for anatomy/histology questions.
- What muscle is this? – trapezius
- What is the intermediate filament of the cell at the pointer? – vimentin
- What is this muscle’s function? – medial rotation
- Why does process X occur the way it does? – because every species that did it some other way is dead (kudos to Stuart)
- What could this nucleus belong to? – endothelial cell
- Why does the body adhere to “the more – the less?” – because God asked I.M. Pei for a consult
- What are the 800 functions of astrocytes? – this question is invalid since we learned only 750 functions.
- Due to the immense amount of material we have to know, I’ve decided to pretend several muscles don’t exist. Let’s take those poser rhomboid muscles. They’re just stealing trapezius’ thunder. 😉
- “BOOM! HEADSHOT!” now refers to the sound of a natural killer “owning” an antigen (aka, a “nub”).
- If I spend more than ten seconds trying to assess an inheritance pattern for a given pedigree, I assume consanguinity (inbreeding). I don’t think this actually works in real life patient assessments. 🙂
On a more serious note, this block has gone by a lot quicker than I imagined. Six weeks… I still can’t believe it. It seems that the further I get into education, the quicker time flies. I’ll be 22 next week… and then 30 (hopefully married with two sons – Tassadar and Agamemnon), and then wow… a grandparent. Oh well, time to continue attacking this material like a macrophage (so much for being “serious”).