Day 6: Goodbye Flat Stomach, Hello Rolls and Spare Tires + Questions

photoSo the weather was really nice today and I decided to go for a walk after being home since last Saturday I believe. It was nice, so I didn’t need a hoodie or a “big sweater” so I put on my size small henley shirt, gave myself a final look in the mirror before leaving  and saw this—>

Okay it’s not like I didn’t know that I was gaining weight, afterall I sit on my butt all day and study but I didn’t think it was this bad. But then again, what do I expect? I’ve been immobilized for a while and my left foot is still tender so I can’t work out. What’s even more worrying is that the more I do questions, the more I feel like I really NEED to eat. I feel like I loose my focus if I don’t eat every 2 hours.  I hate snacking, it ruins your body. But then again, I have to do questions, there’s no if or buts about that. I guess its just one of the many scarifies I had/have to make to be in medical school.

On a more academic note, I did manage to do 150 questions today and I also went over them (I don’t even wanna talk about how much I had to eat to get through all 150 questions+review them!).  The first timed test I took was ‘random’ on USMLE rx, my performance wasn’t very good.  I selected a bunch of topics that I had covered in the past (immuno, genetics, biochem, embryo) but unfornately, I have forgotten a lot of little details so I’m definitely gonna have to re-visit those topics. I also did about 30 micro questions which were pretty good (I guess I should stop doing micro for now?)

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I also took a Kaplan test (trying to do as much of Kaplan as I can as I have until the beginning of June before my subscription expires).  It wasn’t bad at all, I only selected “General principles” minus biostatistics

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Finally, I did a block of  Uworld Questions which wasn’t bad either but as usual, it took exactly 3 hours to go over the answers. This time I tried not to annotate a lot into my FA. I feel like I can’t remember all the little details they talk about in their amazing explanations. So I’m just going to read and hope that I remember lol

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I should start walking :/

Till next time,

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Day 5: Cardiology I

So I started the section by doing anatomy which, I kid you not, took the entire morning. I hate how slow I am sometimes. Actually, I’m always slow now that I think of it 😦 I did some uworld questions and they were horrible horrible. They only had 9 questions on cardio anatomy but they were nothing from FA or Kaplan which is what I studied (I actually also read HY gross anatomy at one point and annotated in the important points so it was a somewhat lengthy section add to that the fact that yours truly has a very dysfunctional parietal lobe and so I’m not exactly good at visualizing things…I ended up spending a lot of time searching for good images on google. I could have used Netter’s but just thinking about that book gives me severe panic attacks, so I choose to lock it up in the basement. Anyways, my uworld performance on those 9 questions was 56 which is below the average (59). So I know for a fact that I’m lacking in that department. I’m gonna try to find time to read up on cardio anatomy maybe tonight. Not sure what to do. It’s just one of those things that you can’t work on in such a short period of time. You can only hope that you’ll be tested on something you know.

K, Zzzzzzzz

Day 2: General Pharmacology

So I woke up this the morning and had to do something for my mother so that killed an hour or two of my morning and then I went back to review the stuff that I had learned the day before (general pathology) and for some reason, those tumor markers and oncogens were taking me forever to memorize. I ended up spending all morning making sure that I knew which ones were “Transcription factors” and which ones were involved in tyrosine kinase “receptor synthesis”. Interestingly, I managed to squeeze in an hour last night to listen to Dr. Goljan’s lecture on Cellular Injury. He said some pretty helpful stuff so I went back to FA and annotated the “already annotated” section. All in all, my morning was spent doing pathology! Not what I had planned but oh well. The afternoon consisted of ANS review. I have definitely forgotten a lot of my androgenic and chlonergic stuff so it was a slow process.

I managed to do 46 questions, this time I used USMLERx. I hate jumping around between Qbanks but I have no option, I don’t want to waste Uworld Questions on topics that I haven’t covered yet so I’m not going to just randomly select pathology. I would rather wait until I’ve covered the entire FA book before I start doing random Uworld questions…USMLERx was good, most questions were straightforward. They do rely on their book heavily in their questions and that’s what I like about them a lot. Some of their questions are kinda unfair sometimes lol….Image
They’re also very easy to go over compared to Uworld which could easily take 2-3 hours to review one block! I only attempted micro questions to make sure that I haven’t forgotten my microbiology and I think I was okay with the performance today…I just wish I was able to select General pathology questions 😦 Image

Really worried about how I’m going to fit all of General pharmacology into one day tomorrow and also do 46 questions (This time it will most likely be KaplanQbank as I can’t select general pharm on either Uworld or Rx).

I also attended a USMLERx Webinar today…It ran for about an hour and a half. It was actually a lot better than the last one I attended and it definitely helped me brush up on some areas like vasculitis which I have yet to cover.

It’s almost 10:00pm which means bedtime!

Till next time,