End of Block 1

Today was my first exam in medical school. Wow. And it’s finally over! Here’s how the exam was broken down for you curious Internet goers.

8:30 to 11:30 AM – 125 multiple choice questions with around six short answer questions (80% of the grade)

1:00 to 2:05 PM – histology (20 slides at 3 minutes a piece, 10% of grade)

2:40 to 4:05 PM – gross anatomy (95 stations, 15 of which were “rest stops”, one minute a piece, 10% of the grade)

First of all, let it be known that I was highly disgusted by the anatomy practical. Not because it was difficult, but simply because trapezius was not pinned anywhere in the whole darn thing. My beloved trapezius… oh how I missed thee. 😉

After finishing the exam, I went to my undergrad institution (30 minutes from Baylor) and had a chance to talk about my block experiences with one of the professors who was undoubtedly a positive influence in my education. Her son also attends Baylor and is almost finishing up, so we had a really good “catch up” conversation.

Now I’m sitting in one of the study rooms on the 4th story awaiting an “End of Block” party my classmates put together at a bar in Midtown. Apparently, this bar will only be open for my class (ie, no random people will be there), so that in itself is pretty nifty. Though I don’t drink, I enjoy seeing my classmates take on an alternate persona in their tipsy/drunk form. 😀

Block 2 starts on Monday, and my birthday is coming up this Friday, so I’ve got a lot of enjoying to do before another four weeks of school.

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  1. I guess, it’s good that you don’t get tested very often so you have more time to read and put it together – but at the same time is that six weeks of information on one exam (vs. like 2-3 weeks) is HUGE. When a prior comment was talking about the amount of information being “pornographic” in size, she wasn’t kidding. The info will be leaking out of your ears. LOL.

    • What’s even more interesting is that the final grades in blocks 1, 2, and 3 are actually averaged to provide a final “core concepts” average. In a sense, we get one grade for the “Core Foundations” course… six months worth of material. 🙂 As you know, UT Southwestern is very different in this regard. I’d say there are pros and cons with each method of testing.


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