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January 28, 2020 at 9:58 am

Partied like animals. My residence hall in uni had regular costume parties and social events. Learnt how to scull beers the Aussie way.
Lots of studying. We have a paper at the end of the year that covers everything we learnt in 1st and 2nd year. Tonnes of anatomy and physiology. Performed in a Soap Opera for the 2013 “Med Review”, an annual music theatre live show.
Picked up skydiving as a hobby. Went crazy for it. Visits the dropzone nearly every weekend. Jumped butt-naked for my hundredth skydive which is known as the “Undie Hundie”, a tradition. Also competed in tennis inter-club tournaments for my Uni. Grades suffered as a result.
Tonnes of learning and clinical experience. Saw my first death in hospital. Saw my first childbirth in hospital. Had my tattoo sleeve done. Studying for a paper that covers everything we learnt from 1st year to 4th. Finished the year half-broken.
Empty. My room looked like the inside of a garbage truck. Not full-blown depression but dysthymia. Can’t remember much.

Good thing there was no formal exams for final year students. It’s more like a semi-intern year where we rotate around and help out the working interns.

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January 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

One of the first things I learned in medical school was that I’m not that smart. I’m smart enough to stand out when compared to the general population, but in med school, I’m nothing special. I had to work hard for average grades and scores.
During my first year, this revelation was pretty crushing. My whole ego was set up about being the clever one, and suddenly that was no longer true. But in the process of scrambling to learn how to study and apply myself, I learned some very important skills, and discovered I have other strengths, namely emotional intelligence and personal discipline. I have learned to approach my learning in a systematic and disciplined fashion of which I wasn’t previously capable. This method of learning makes me look back at other “hard” topics like law, physics or mathematics and realize: hey, I could probably use this skill set to learn that body of information, too.
Overall, I prefer this new outlook. Feeling sure you are adequate is WAY better than feeling insecure about being “gifted.”

January 29, 2020 at 6:04 am

• I don’t think I studied that hard. I make an effort to attend all my lectures and concentrate during them. But I generally play games and do no work at home until the last 2 weeks before exam, when I start cramming. And still passed above average – so far. I know I need better study habits but procrastination is tempting…
• Didn’t really restrict my social commitments all that much. But then again I’m not the type that finds joy in drinking and dancing all night. I prefer small gatherings of close friends over meals when we have interesting conversation.
• Med school seems to have a real interest to educate us about being ethical and moral. We have to write 2 essays every year on our personal and professional development. I understand their intention is good, but still find the essays annoying to complete.
• We need to do a research project as part of the MD. It is a joke and everyone hates it.
• I’m fairly lucky in that my family is in the same city as my medical school. My parents have graciously provided me with food, accommodation and love for free, so I don’t need to work to support myself.
• Also fairly lucky that the government subsidised my tuition fees, making it around 1/7 of the fee paid by international students. And I also get to take a loan for it.

February 20, 2020 at 8:29 am

Let me rewind my memory cassette and go down the memory lane to search for ‘those’ instances. I don’t think I would be having anything new to say, most of the answers to this question have already pointed out the aspects.

Let’s begin then, brace yourselves. 😉

February 20, 2020 at 9:42 am

Once you crack NEET, Life’s all set : I am still searching for the person who quoted this statement. If you can get hold of the one, do let me know. To all the aspirants, LIFE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT SET, not that easily.

Diagnosing patients : People might have seen posters or images of Medicos holding an X-Ray plate and discussing with their fellowmates. Trust me, when you step up into 1st Year, all you would be doing with the plate would be identifying the bones and AP/PA View and nothing else.

March 27, 2020 at 9:56 am

Medical Colleges have a lot many girls, you might just find your ‘Lady Charming’ : The person who stated this is on #02 on my Search List, just after Point 1. I haven’t even memorized the names of all of my 250 batchmates and people talk of finding true love 🙄.

March 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

Nerds all around : Aao kabhi haveli pe. Not a single trait would be missed out, trust me. We have one from each category, an entire Gene pool.