So, my school sends us off to far far away places (yeah, it’s like the beginning of a fairy tale story because that’s how I picture lovely UK as I travel on the train to my destination), for training sessions. One I had on the 13th of May, 2017, was a communication course in Aylesbury, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which is a pretty laid back community. After about 4 hours of traveling, food is at the top of the agenda once I get settled in and I always seem to sway towards Chinese food, as I feel that once I pick a good place, I am going to be definitely satisfied. Although this post is about Happy House Chinese Takeaway, in Ipswich, I had to mention my Aylesbury trip because Jade, was, I would say, the go to Chinese restaurant you’d want to order from, if you ever visit Aylesbury.Read More »
Not that I live with Tourette Syndrome but I came across this video while studying for my National Board Medical Examination, for my Psychiatric Clerkship. Every now and then, it helps me to relate to the topic I am studying, to look at videos of individuals suffering from the disorder.
Just a little brief background on Tourette’s syndrome. It’s a disorder that’s associated with multiple motor tics (involuntary muscle movements), verbal or phonic tics (either speaking out words; sometimes curse words, sometimes repetitious after someone’s said it, or making noises), that last for at least 1 year and is present multiple times per day or occurs daily.Read More »
As you probably already know by now, I moved to the United Kingdom, specifically Poole, to start my clinical rotations for medical school. It’s considered to be one of the more laid back locations, for rotations and after 2 years of madness, I figured why not. So far, I am absolutely happy I made the decision to choose Poole, over the other available locations for my UK clinical rotations. The people are exceptionally friendly and enthusiastic and it’s generally filled with old people, so it’s not a city to feel too threatened by anyone or that it’s filled with heightened crime like say; London!
Now as fun as the move has been, the down side is not knowing where the best delivery restaurants are and sometimes Pizza just doesn’t cut it. Every now and then, we all want some rice, meat, and something else on the side, as the only meal that will suffice.Read More »
The pathway to medical school, doesn’t only include the academics; studying infinite amount of information for an exam that last about 2 hours plus, and hoping that you past the course so you can finish off the basic sciences years, but also involves hands on experience!
As they always say, medical school is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant; an impossible task of information that needs to be learned before exam time comes around. Basically, those first 2 years, is a hell on earth and a lot of people give up because they can’t handle it, or figure that life is more than staying home on the weekends trying to catch up with the lecture notes from the previous week, just so you can do the same thing the next weekend, all up until, yet again, the exam. It does require some form of sacrifice, either from the things you enjoy (hobbies), or interacting with friends who aren’t medical students themselves. No one but only medical students can truly understand what you are going through and it’s kind of why they tend to group together at the end of the day.
Finally when one survives those 2 years, the real learning begins; clinical rotations. All of the information you’ve learned from those 2 years, are going to help you figure out what questions to ask, and what part of the patient history is relevant to treating real life patients. No longer is it standardized patients, but people who are actually sick, who are actually ailing and who actually need your help.Read More »
Now, I know this post is a long time in coming and it isn’t because I didn’t pass term 5! But rather, post basic sciences, is a time to relax (if you aren’t taking the Step exams right away) and then focus on the clinical rotations that are ahead. I did just that and currently I am on my second clinical rotation in Poole, Dorset, UK. I will start writing up on my experience in my rotations here, and hopefully this will make my blog a more holistic approach, when it comes to one individuals experience from the start of a medical student’s life, all the way to the end.
Setting that introduction aside, let me get into the advice bit of this post and provide some of the tips that I used to survive term 5 and finish up my basic sciences with a bang! Now, I know St. George’s University from the term 1 cohort that started around the time my term 5 session started, switched to a system based approach to teaching like most medical schools, instead of just for example, teaching all systems anatomy rather than just one system’s anatomy (which to be frank, the latter always made sense; learning the anatomy, physiology, pathology etc, of a system.), so I am not sure how useful these tips will be, but I suspect as the information hasn’t changed, it could be still very helpful.
Well without further ado, my tips….Read More »
Now you must realize by now, that I do not have a “Surviving Term 3” post, and that’s because term three is known as “Term Free”, amongst the SGU students. It’s obviously the term where you get to relax a bit, but I wouldn’t completely neglect at least putting in 2 hours of studying each day, just so the material doesn’t creep up on you. The material isn’t light, and it may be easy but I figure why not put in some little time to get that GPA looking right at the end of the day? Most of my days were spent watching movies on Netflix, but I did dedicate those 2 hours or a little more depending on the topic, in term 3. Otherwise, don’t stress over it too much, and enjoy the time you have now in term 3, because the shit will definitely hit the fan in term 4.Read More »
Term 2 in St. George’s University consists of Neuroscience, Genetics/Immunology and Physiology. The Genetics and Immunology, are combined courses, with pre-midterm being all genetics and post midterm being all Immunology. For my cohort, we had a schedule hiccup, and had a portion of Immunology pre-midterm, that was included in our midterm examination, and post midterm was also mixed with some genetics, but majority immunology.
In this post, as I did with the Surviving Term 1, I am going to provide some information on how I survived term 2. Now the information in this, isn’t an end all solution, to survive term 2 at SGU, but my own personal experience and hindsight on Term 2.Read More »
Today was my 5th day back in the gym. It also happened to be the infamous leg day. I haven’t worked out legs in months, because 1) I have a huge butt and it just made it even worst 2) My legs were growing so fast, it became a hassle constantly having to purchase new pants (the worst thing is having to say good bye to your favorite shorts that were so awesome because you made gains on your legs!) and 3) I honestly hated training my legs.
This week, was all a reintroduction into weight lifting. Actually, this whole month, is to focus on form. I have always been an advocate about proper form, when working out. It helps reduce injuries and maximize gains. Obviously if you are a massive mofo, you may want to do some forced or cheat reps, to get that extra boast, but for the rest of us, it isn’t even necessary. In fact, using cheat reps and cheat sets, can actually lead to injury and the fact I already have a busted shoulder that has only recently stopped hurting, and had experience with tendonitis, there is no reason for me to do anything but utilize proper form. My goal is to only increase the weight with 10 reps, when it becomes relatively easy for that particular weight. I will always end my last set, once that happens, with the max amount of reps I can do, with perfect form. I have realized in my years of training, that when you perform and execution an exercise, where full relaxation and contraction of the muscles are done, you have really yielding the most gains from your sessions.Read More »
Have you decided that you are going to head back to school, a little later? I mean, from looking at the master schedule, the first week for your term doesn’t seem to be that hectic, so why not? Or maybe for some reason, financial aid, the check you have sent to the school hasn’t reached yet or whatever is the issue, registering late is the only option that you have. Maybe you had a lay over, and couldn’t get a flight back in time. Whatever the reason is, you are going to incur a late fee for registering late. The reason why SGU does this, as per their student manual, is because they want to make sure you are there for the first day of class.Read More »
So, I am back in school and have access to a gym 24/7. For the summer break, my plan was to eat whatever I want, and not work out that much. After a month, that “not work out that much”, reduced to not working out at all. The pain in my left shoulder, went away immediately. I also was able to enjoy a relaxed and laid back life, where counting calories, weighing food and watching what I put into my body, wasn’t a top priority. I have to admit, I enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, that came with consequences. Although I am currently at 171 lbs (not having lost a lb at all), I have unfortunately lost muscle mass. The muscle I once had, has been replaced with body fat. But, I am fortunate enough to have 5 months to get Xmas body ready!
Because I am back in school, my schedule is going to be severely ridiculous. I wouldn’t be able to work out as long as I would want to, on every day but I will try to workout at least 30 minutes, whenever I have scheduled a work out session. My school comes first, so my schedule will be adjusted. I do plan though despite that, to blog my progress throughout the struggles that will keep me from being a gym junkie, like I am accustomed to. The good thing about that though is that those who find it hard to find time to work out, can be inspired by someone who literally tends to not have time for working out, actually finds time to do just that.
My plan is to work out at least 6 days for the week. To reduce the body fat, I will be including sessions that include cardio. I am not sure what my training session will look like or incorporate what, but I will be most likely training with very low rest time between sets and exercises, to maximize my time and help up the intensity of the training. The idea is to reduce my body fat significantly, but gain muscle mass also.
I will start training as soon as the Body Image here in Grenada has my desired Whey protein. Then it is on like donkey kong!Read More »