And just like that I’m almost halfway through my first semester of medical school. I still can’t believe how quickly it’s flying. I think I’m finally starting to find my feet, although I am a little worried about the rapidly approaching mid semester exams. Where has the time gone, and why do I feel like I know nothing? Ok, I know a little, but it sure doesn’t feel like enough to successfully get through my exams! Can you tell I’m procrastinating study?
On a positive note, I can happily report that I passed my first two pieces of assessment – performing a cardiovascular physical exam and interviewing a mock patient (which was recorded). Let me just say that watching myself on screen was the most painful and torturous 10 minutes of medical school so far. I was quite worried about both, especially with my tutor problems mentioned in my last post, but with the help of my new bible and some trusty second year tutors somehow I managed to survive (and pass).
I also survived (and enjoyed) the recent skills day put on by one of the social clubs. I had fun plastering (or trying to) my buddy while my own arm was in plaster, suturing (my technique needs A LOT of work), cannulating, venepuncturing, and intubating the many fake arms and dummies I had the pleasure of meeting along the way. And I think I might finally understand ECGs a little after the workshop by the very knowledgable GP reg which is a plus.
So that’s my quick summary in a nutshell, and I had better get back to the books – I don’t want to fail my first set of actual exams! Stay tuned for more random updates!