Friday, March 9, 2012


Done, done, done, done, done with DPPT!!  Remember when I started it in October?!  March felt like a lifetime away, but now I am done with pathology and pharmacology as well as our Physician's Core class of Advanced Physical Diagnosis (so how is it possible that I still feel like I know nothing?).  All we have left is three weeks of biostatistics/epidemiology, and then I'm done with second year!  Then it's just that little, minor, unimportant test I have to take, and then onto third year!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Strengths and Weaknesses

Of course everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, things they're great at and things they are, well, not so great at.  As I begin to make my studying schedule for Step 1 of our board exam, I need to decide what subjects (organ system or class) I'm worst at so that I can spend more time focusing on those.  Amidst all this soul searching, I have also discovered some of my med school-related strengths:

1. Stressing myself out to the point where I feel badly about myself for not being more productive, but not to the point where I actually do anything about being stressed (i.e. getting off my lazy butt and actually getting work done).

2. Procrastinating by doing absolutely NOTHING - seriously.  Sometimes I just lose hours; there have been times that a whole day has passed by and I couldn't tell you for the life of me how I filled that day.

3. Complaining.  I am definitely one of the best complainers I know.  This should probably be #1.

4. Biting off more than I can chew.  "Yes, I will definitely finish my research project by February."  "Yes, absolutely I will run that elective."  "Yes, I can positively make dinner plans every night this week and not have it affect my studying."

Those are my top med school-related strengths, and I definitely plan on bringing them up at all residency interviews.  My greatest weaknesses?  I work too hard.  I care too much.  And sometimes I can be too invested in my job.