Basic Science Curriculum in Retrospect

18 months. Hundreds of lectures on everything from embryological development to geriatrics. Countless hours spent learning structures in anatomy and memorizing lists for histology. Now that I'm finally finished with the eighteen month basic...

RK – The Clinical Student

Its been said that the didactic portion (basic sciences) of medical school is more about "book smarts" while the clinical portion utilizes one's "street smarts." Among the latter is an astute mastery of dealing with...

Last Day of Preclinicals

Yesterday was my last day of preclinicals. Hmmm, let me say that again. My LAST day of preclinicals. Ever. It sure has been an incredible eighteen months since I embarked on this journey! I'll...

Genetics and Ethics

As part of this block's genetics course, 4% of our grade was based on attending yesterday's small group ethics session. We went over three cases, drew out pedigrees, identified the likely genetic disorder, and...

Beginning of the End – Block 8c

It's finally here - my last block in the basic sciences at Baylor Med. This block will include "age related topics" and "genetics", neither of which I find particularly interesting but are of obvious...

Ca-La-Mi-ty

I'm currently in the process of preparing for an OSCE exam I have on Monday. While reviewing the neurological exam, I remembered something I thought was a pretty nifty test for cranial nerves X...

End Of Basic Sciences Exam

After nearly eighteen months of didactic lectures, the basic science component to my medical education is fast approaching. On December 17, the MS2s will be taking our end of basic sciences exam (EBSE) which...

ACLS Certification

Over the weekend, I completed my certification in CPR and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) through the emergency medicine interest group at Baylor Med. In conventional CPR, you follow the C-A-B protocol: chest compressions, maintaining...

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