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another med school rant (what?!?! in the middle of holidays??)

anyway, here i am pondering if what i've studied is enough to be a doctor.
EOS 2 was in no means easy but still i managed to pass it with an incredible amount of procrastination and slacking. (during the exam period i was watching 7 ongoing series i download from the internet in addition late night tv watching when i was having the crazy sleep-at-12pm-wake-up-at-7pm period)

And this has been disturbing me a lot.

With another 1.5 yrs before i leave IMU to head to an overseas clinical school, time is not really something i can spare. And clinical years are tough. With clinical rounds, etc etc you apparantly have very little time to study.

So these 1.5 yrs left is the amount of time i get to study my basic sciences.

And now that i am 2 weeks away from commencing my system based studies, the folks at IMU has basically assumed that we, ex-sem2 students, have a pretty solid foundation.
[Foundation basically means fundamentals of a field of knowledge. Basically the knowledge which more complex knowledge is built upon.]

And I am sooo doomed. Cause I know my foundation is as good as a quicksand.
Built anything on it and it will sink!!!
And yes, i still haven't read mariebs completely. which means i haven't read what is called the bible of anatomy and physiology for IMUians.

So, no more procrastinating, damn it.

Whch brings me back to me procrastinating and yet still able to pass my exams. I dunno, but i think it reflects pretty badly on IMU's standards. (i think i'm gonna get stoned for this)
But seriously, after spending sometime on SDN (student doctor network- a forum where mainly US med students talk crap or talk serious crap), most say that getting into med school is pretty damn tough there (must have some volunteering experience, average GPA of 3.75 above (means getting an A or B for most exams))

And after getting into med school, these bright students are talking about how tough it is in med school, where everyday they have to clock in about 3-4 hrs of study to prepare for the next lecture. Their class average, from those who posted them up is 91%-95%.

Their USMLE step 1 exam (which i think is equivalent to our EOS 5 exams?) is taken at the end of their 2nd yr where their exams are tough as hell.

I say IMU students have it pretty easy. so there. it means that we have to be bionic students too. it shall be my no1. resolution to be the ultra nerd.

How to be ultra nerd
  1. Understand lecture notes before entering lecture
  2. Not falling asleep in lecture
  3. Reviewing lecture notes after lecture and read associated reference books
  4. Making notes
  5. Prepare for exam 2 months before
  6. Do not try to cram 3 systems in 1 week
  7. Practise clinical skills once a week. crucial.
But whether to attend lectures or not, i would say its still optional cause some lectures really are a waste of time (and petrol and toll money)