Beginning of Block 8b

So today is the first day of another block, and in true fashion, I skipped the lectures. 😀 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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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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. 🙂


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