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Beginning of Block 8b

So today is the first day of another block, and in true fashion, I skipped the lectures. 馃榾 It’s interesting reading my classmates’ Facebook and Google Talk status updates regarding how boring certain lectures are from the comfort of my home. Makes me glad that I only have to endure them for 2.5 less the time thanks to Enounce. 馃檪

This block, we’re studying the pathology of the endocrine and genitourinary systems (with some gynecology thrown in there). It’ll be a block inundated with pathways, feedback mechanisms, and syndromes associated with hormonal excess and deficiencies. Should be another eye-opening journey into the wonder that is the human body.

I can’t believe it’s already November. Almost – done – with – basic – sciences! Clinics will have their own trials and tribulations, but I’m really looking forward to getting out of this mundane, day-to-day ritual of studying four lectures.

Also, tonight is Game 5 of the World Series. The Rangers are in need of a miracle to dig themselves out of a 3-1 hole, but Cliff Lee is pitching tonight! Hopefully he can keep things going.

Finally, I’ve been pretty involved in putting together 12 Days, a yearly tradition by the MS2s at BCM to celebrate the end of our basic science curriculum. I can’t go into details, but here is the trailer.

Let me know what you guys think of the trailer! 馃檪


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  1. That is sound advice. You could very well honor your first clerkship but I wouldn’t take the chance. It’s important to learn how to be a med student on clinical clerkships and to get your wrinkles ironed out before displaying your best to the people you most want to impress.

    I would also recommend doing the surgery clerkship after you’ve done internal medicine. Your surgery shelf exam (assuming BCM students take the NBME-written tests) is difficult and much of it is based on medical management of pre- or post-op cases, so it’s nice to have a good foundation in internal med for the shelf exam. If you don’t do IM before surgery, I’d suggest at least doing a lot of practice questions for the shelf, such as on USMLEWorld QBank for the Step 2. I wouldn’t say it’s an absolute necessity though to do IM before surgery though. Good luck!

  2. RK – are you still interested in neurosurg? i know you bcm guys start with rotations soon – what are you doing first, surgery?

    • My top three choices are neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and surgical oncology; BCM is where I ultimately want to be for my residency, so hopefully I’ll get some great experience on clinics.

      Yep, I start on the wards in January but don’t foresee myself starting with surgery. Upperclassmen I know at several medical schools advise that if I want to do surgery, do not do it first, so I can be better prepared to handle the rotation and, for lack of a better phrase, impress attending. 馃檪

  3. haha, props on the trailer!


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