Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Elena's Parking Space Theorum

Back in elementary school I had a teacher who told me not to worry (my pretty little head)* about math but just focus on the things I was naturally good at like reading and writing.  I've always had a bit of a complex about math since then, but LOOK AT ME NOW, I just invented a mathematical theorem:

*note: I added that condescending part myself, but that's definitely what her tone implied.

How much your life stinks on any given day is inversely proportional to how good a parking spot you get at the hospital.

It's true, here are some examples:
  • You get to the hospital at 5am for surgery rotation: parking spot right next to the door.
  • You're on outpatient and you don't have to be there till 8 or (gasp!) 9: forget it, you're parking on Mars... if you're lucky.
  • You're on call on Sunday: park annnnnywhere you like.
  • You take a study/research month, and mosey in around 11 for a quick meeting: don't even bother driving, take the train.
  • You're on night float and get to the hospital at 7pm after everyone's left: park inside the ER for all we care.

So in summary:  Life Happiness = 1/Parking Spot + B 

where B includes other factors such as weather, fun dinner plans, an upcoming exam, world events, etc.

And that, my friends, is Math Made Easy by Elena.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Best Summer Vacation Ever

I took my last exam of third year on Friday, had some amaaaaaazing time off, and then fourth year starts today!  I can't wait to see everyone, and see how they spent their summer vacation - traveling, volunteering, research? 

Lucky for me, I am actually using June as a study month for Step 2 CK.  For those that thought Step 1 was the end of it - well, nope.  It (literally) never ends.  So even though I wan to do really well and will be studying pretty intensely all month, 3 months of medicine were definitely exhausting, and I am pretty happy not to be jumping immediately into another month of intensity on the wards.  That can wait until July. :)