Because of our schedule, there's not a whole lot of extra time outside of listening to lectures and going to mandatory labs and discussions to study extra. That's fine, it is what it is - med school's supposed to be busy, right? But for me that means that I'm not going to have a really good grasp on most of the material until the weekend before the exam when we have full days (or at least half-days) to really study. And I don't think I'm alone in this.
|George Hoyt Whipple is...|
But I don't think professors really understand that some of us need actual time to learn the information. So when we learn about something called Whipple Disease at the beginning of the week, and then later in the week we learn about something called Whipple Procedure, chances are most of us are not going to realize that we just learned about Whipple twice.
|...not the same as Allen Oldfather Whipple|
During the second lecture, when we learned about the procedure, the professor pointed out that it was actually named for a different Whipple than the disease. Rather than thinking, "My, what an interesting fact" or "There are two people named Whipple who were good enough doctors to get something named after them?!" all I could think was, "That's cute that he thinks we remember a disease that we learned three whole days ago."
Fun fact: the non-eponymous name for the Whipple procedure is pancreaticoduodenectomy - maybe the only time the eponym is actually easier to remember than the real name?