How to Spot a Med Student

Med StudentHow do you spot a med student? They look just like everyone else. They smell just like everyone else. They act just like everyone else. Or do they????

1. A staple of every med student is the black circle under their eyes from lack of sleep.(Technically this isn’t always caused by fatigue so don’t feel too confident they are a med student).

2. Messy hair, sweat pants and a general lack of style or fashion sense in public.

3. Extreme interest in others bowell movements, illnesses, sicknesses, or injuries.

4. Abnormal addiction to coffee.

5. Habitually writes down a to-do list or over-schedules unnecessary or frivolous events, such as dinner or showers.

6. Borderline hypochondriac.

7. An obsession about germs and washing hands.

8. A faint smell of formaldehyde on the person in question.

9. The person in question gets wayyy to excited about buying school supplies such as highlighters, mechanical pencils, binders, etc.

10. Finally a childlike exuberance for classes or seminars that provide free food!

Bonus: Subject in question always seems to be connecting imaginary dots in the air. As if they are making some great connection.

Oh the places we will go

LIBRARY

Be QUIET!

Hey everybody! We are back in the swing of things at school for my wife and work for me. Exciting stuff I know. It does make me laugh how antsy my wife gets studying in one place ALL the time! I get it though…I can’t sit still ever and it must kill her to do it 12 hours a day. We are constantly looking for new places to study for her like a coffee shop, or a park in the summer (btw this never ends with a productive study day) or you name it. Today we had a novel idea…why don’t we study at the public library? Man I haven’t been in here for years and let me tell you it is a sitcom waiting to be written. Did you know libraries barely have books in them anymore? Yeah they have these things called computers that have an infinite amount of knowledge and data on them. Seriously I am pretty sure they cleared out all the book space for computers. I am not trying to hate on libraries but if a killer is on the loose, a good place to start the search is the public library. Pretty sure I passed a typewriter on the way in. I think a library is like walking into a time machine and feeling like Marty McFly by the end. Don’t get me wrong libraries are great and serve their purpose but you really see the sign of the times when you see more magazines and PC’s than actual books at your local library. It brings a smile to my face that I am here though because there is no place I would rather be than sitting next to my wife and a homeless guy writing a blog post. Always laugh and have a great weekend!

Good luck

Looking out at the ocean

Looking out at the ocean

Wow sorry for the long hiatus. I have been enjoying a little vaca with my wife. (Much needed) Med school is back in full swing and I wanna wish all you students good luck this semester. I will be back to posting more regularly again. Just remember when things get hairy this semester just breath and think of yourself here! Until next time…peace!

What it takes

My brain was not built for science. Instead it was built for sports knowledge and trivial facts about the Civil War, pirates (don’t ask) and movie quotes. My wife makes up for my lack of science based knowledge which is a good balance in our relationship. For any pre med students or anyone thinking of entering into med school I want to give you a list of observation I have noticed in med students I hang around and what it takes to get that white coat. So here it goes….

1. A strange nerdy passion for science. (I don’t have it like I said but you really have to get excited about all the different areas you will be covering and have a real thirst to learn because your nose will be in many books…I mean a lot)
2. Passion for people. Why are you becoming a doctor? Money? I hope not. You really have to love helping others and it will give you great satisfaction at the end of the day.
3. Coffee (just kidding but seriously you will)
4. Competitive mindset. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen my wife and her friends push themselves to beat one another on their test. Having a mind set that you want to do well and not just get by will go a long way trust me.
5. Rigorous study habits. If you think you studied a lot in undergrad you haven’t seen nothing yet. (Anybody get the BTO reference? Anyone? Ok moving on) If you have a day where you study 6 or 7 hours you got off easy or you aren’t trying hard enough. Late nights, all nighters, and long periods staring at books and a computer screen listening to lectures will be in your future.
6. Sacrifice. A some point you are going to have to sacrifice the bulk of your social life and much of your social activities.
7. Tough skin. You might have educators and doctors who yell or criticize you at times but it is a learning process and you have to learn to not take it personal.
8. Check your ego. You may have been the top student in the past or think you know everything about everything but you will be mistaken.
9. Flexible. Your hands should be able to touch the floor when you bend down. No I am kidding. I mean things are in constant flux and you will have to adjust to different doctors, environments and teaching styles.
10. Humor. You gotta laugh. Life is too short and you will lose your mind if you don’t find the humor in having 3 tests in one week.

I hope I didn’t scare anyone off. What do I know the closet I have been to being a med student was watching a marathon of Scrubs reruns.

STRESS!!

Stress!Hey everybody just wanted to share an article I came across about Med Students Handling Stress. A couple parts made me chuckle. Med Students tend to “neglect their own health”. (Hahaha, how ironic) Thought this would be good to share with anyone interested. I think this goes back to my previous post about taking some time out for yourself and relieving stress. (I have a strange feeling this will be a reoccurring theme…hmmm). Anyone here ever tried Yoga?  (I know this goes against man code…but) Yoga is a kick ass workout and I promise you it will relieve stress. Any macho dudes who think this shit is easy I welcoming you to come try it. Takes a ton of strength and balance.

On another related note disconnecting from school is important. My wife and I have a bunch of shows we like to watch to take a break from the whole school and life thing and just zone out to a show. I just got my wife into Arrested Development on Netflix. (If you haven’t seen the show drop everything you are doing and go watch an episode immediately). This time to disconnect gives you that little 30 minute to hour vacation to just think about absolutely nothing. Trust me it works…and not just for med students. Now if someone can give me a technique to relieve my stress from watching the Spartans
this year, that would be great. I”ll be back soon!

Break Time

Stress ReliefI started thinking about this the other day after someone posted about running in a marathon. I consider myself a health nut…maybe to an unhealthy degree (if that makes sense). I have to give a lot of props to my wife who managed to train for a marathon in about a month and a half with me and ran it two weeks into her second year of med school. A little hectic to say the least. One of the things I have realized about this whole med school thing, is that it consumes your life and sometimes you need to disconnect. For my wife who loves to run that is her time to get away, blow of some steam and energy. For any med students out there I would HIGHLY recommend taking up running if you don’t already as a general stress reliever. You don’t have to do a marathon or turn into crazy track kid, but I guarantee you will love the escape it can provide you. If running isn’t your thing than I suggest lifting weights or swimming or some other form of physical activity. Not to their fault, but med students spend an inordinate amount of time on their ass. I don’t think I need to sit here and lecture a MED STUDENT on the benefits of exercise, but I think it is easy to get wrapped up in school when you have 50 lectures to watch and a test on Friday. If anyone ever takes anything away from reading my blog I hope it is the idea of balance. Balance I believe is key in life. You need to find balance and a quick run outside can do a body good (does milk have a copy right on that?). Look you are going to take a break at sometime during your day of studying. If you can find a way to carve out a little time each week to working out and getting the body moving instead of the brain, you won’t regret it. Sidenote…this is another great chance to connect with your loved ones away from school and just talk and be together. If not, have a classmate or friend join you as it is a good chance to do something together that is not centered around hemochromatosis or cholangiocarcinoma. Sorry my wife is in her gastrointestinal class right now. (Impressed? Not bad for someone who has about as much science background as the Geico caveman. Seriously I feel like the kid that came up with his science fair project the night before when my wife starts blurting out these terms.) Well I really hope you take my advise and go out for a run or shoot some hoops or something. It will not only do your body good but clear your mind so that you can grasp the concept of Porto-Systemic Encephalopathy. (Really? No idea what that was until I googled it)