Biochemistry and Microbiology Blues

The last two days of studying have been very productive but awfully frustrating. Biochemistry and microbiology are two courses which we covered in medical school (four months of microbio, at that), but it’s so much wrought memorization that it’s easy to often mix things up… especially when terms like rubella, rubeola, and roseola sound exactly the same. And don’t get me started on those biochemical pathways. Besides having an unusual appreciation for cilia, I don’t know how much longer I can retain enzyme names. 😯 I used to think that patients would never ask me about drug mechanisms, but I was proven wrong during my Family Medicine rotation on several occasions. I await the day that a patient asks about their galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase. 😛

I’ve finished BRS Physiology, High Yield Neuroanatomy, Goljan’s audio lectures, and most of Rapid Review Pathology’s pictures over the last two weeks. Now I’m going through my second run of First Aid for USMLE Step I and plan to keep reviewing this book (with all my annotations) as much as possible. I’m 10% done with UWorld’s bank of 2090 questions and getting around 80% of the them right. Hopefully this will keep improving with time. T-minus 34 days.

Also, congrats to Adele for six Grammy victories tonight. Let’s remember that a world renowned ENT surgeon was responsible for her successful surgery. 😀

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