29 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: What does RN3 means? Residency-something year 3????
No, RN = registered nurse, but I’m not 100% on what an RN3 would signify. Any nurses wanna help a sister out?
Residents call themselves PGY-whatever, as in ‘post graduate year-whatever’. So an intern/first year resident would be a PGY-1, etc.
29 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: What's your view on intellectual ability with getting into medical school and surviving medical school? I mean, were you one of those top students in high school and university and you easily scored well on tests and assignments? I just feel there's more to it when becoming a doctor, my friends think otherwise - they just think you need to be extremely smart and that's it.
This is just my personal opinion, I don’t really know what the selection panels at each university do, but I think in general they are looking for well-rounded people. Medicine is a demanding profession that requires many things from an individual, one of which includes intellectual ability. I don’t think it is the only, nor the most important quality to be a good medical student and doctor. Yes, you need to be able to learn, understand and problem solve complex concepts in a short amount of time due to the structure of the training, but there is often a lot of help to get you prepared and well adjusted to achieving this.
I think to be a good doctor you also need to possess many other skills. Communication is very important. All doctors work with people and all people communicate. Even pathologists working in labs work with people, they may not be directly with patients, but they will have colleagues and other health professionals that require good communication.
Empathy is always something that comes to mind to many patients and doctors alike. I have found that discussion about being an empathetic doctor never stops in my studies. Constant reminders in our learning and constant issues that require us to evaluate our choice of actions.
The list goes on forever, but I think they are the 3 big things that always come to mind when people ask what’s needed.
Of course it helps to have good organisation skills and ability to look after you own mental and physical health as a medical student.
In terms of my personal experience, I was never a star student and I never will be. I had a lot of trouble in high school and was lucky to scrape into university. I was probably only an average student until I discovered subjects I really loved and excelled in them because I was self-motivated and interested. But none of my struggles with learning is making me a bad medical student and it won’t make me a bad doctor. So even though I don’t think I’m smart compared to my peers, I know that I have many other skills that will help me become a good doctor and I wouldn’t replace any of those skills even for a tiny bit more brain power.
I use the skills and my interest in medicine to excel. Like they say in primary school: head down, bum up :)
Folks who think they can be great doctors on smarts alone are flat out wrong and in for an ugly surprise once they reach the clinic.
I too am one of those average intelligence people who works really really hard as far as the memorization stuff goes. However, I’ve gotten lots of compliments on bedside manner, leadership, and being a team player. Those things are super important too, I’d say just as important as intelligence as healthcare in the US evolves.
29 7 / 2014
And I beat the doctor to the office. Still waiting….
According to the nurses- who are super nice and friendly- there are always lots of free lunches and cookies here from the drug reps.
I could like this place.
28 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: You only got into medschool because you're hot and teachers want to bang you before you fail out. I hope you're researching secretary positions by now it won't be long.
And I hope you’re not a scientist you know, making all these claims and predictions based on no evidence.
No worries I won’t screw you up when you’re on my operating table.
Best way to react to anon hate.
there’s a lot of weird anon hate infiltrating medblr, directed at women. probably the same one or two dudes imho
anyway bro your mindset is about 50 years behind the times.
Dear Greyface hating on my medblr buddy:
I’m not as nice as coffeemuggermd.
You know one of the my most vivid memories of things I did in gross anatomy lab? Dissecting the testicles.
You do that by making an incision near the top of the scrotum, fishing down with your fingers in the nutsack to clear away all the fascia suspending the testicles, and then pulling them out of the incision and letting them dangle by the spermatic cord and vessels. It looks like a hard boiled egg until you dissect the outer covering.
Think about that before you start insulting lady medical professionals, ok pal?
AspDocs and probably everyone else
27 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: how many hours did you work weekly during undergrad? like around the time you were taking your pre-reqs?
I worked every Friday and three weekends a month doing 8-5 in the care management department at a hospital for 5 years. That was constant, so at least 24 hours a week there.
Then, I always had something else, usually in the evenings or afternoons I didn’t have class, totaling about 10-20 hours a week. My other jobs included (not all at once obvs):
+catering at two different places
+library assistant at my university
+front desk at art museum
+bed control 8p-8a shift at the hospital
+odd secretarial jobs for the care management department
+model for parties and art classes
I kept two steady jobs the whole time in undergrad except for the semester I was taking physiology and physics II and honors ochem II lab and going through my BFA review (presenting my work to all the art faculty and being grilled for an hour remained the scariest thing I have ever done until step 1). That semester I only did the Friday and weekends gig and used up a lot of savings.
I had to support myself and there wasn’t really any other options, but I think working since I was 16 and having a variety of jobs has proved advantageous. I think that everyone should work in food service or retail for at least a year before they graduate college.
27 7 / 2014
protestthebeero said: So, I've wanted to be a doctor for a few years now, but I haven't been in school. I'm going back (community college) in the fall and I somehow got a job in an oncology lab... and it's hard. It's really fucking hard, and it's frustrating, and I'm surrounded by MDs and PhD students who know a ton about microbiology and onocology and I can barely get my PCR to work right. The medical field isn't all this intimidating, is it? I've been thinking about OB/Gyn as a career, fyi.
It is absolutely hard, and anyone who judges you has no idea what kind of guts and determination it takes to pick up after being away from school to work towards med school!
The medical field will always be somewhat intimidating. It is a place where there are no idiots, everyone sets the highest standards for themselves, and we all demand excellence. I’m a fourth year, and I thought there would be a day I’d stop feeling dumb. But you know what? I still feel a little dumb every day. My internal medicine attending told me that even now, she feels humbled by the practice of medicine. OB/Gyn is definitely a field where professionals are hard on themselves, because they know that their decisions impact two patients (mom and baby), not just one.
However, there are two ways of looking at it:
- You decide “being around smart people, being wrong, learning forever? That sucks. I don’t want this. I want to feel good at something, is that so wrong?!” You then refuse to look dumb or make mistakes. By doing that, you never learn and grow.
- You decide “feeling dumb sucks, but I have to forgive myself, too. Everyone is at a different stage of learning! I won’t shy away from the areas that I’m not good at! I’m going to get better!” It’s a much harder path to take, but you will grow and become a stronger person and professional.
You can’t get your PCR to work right currently, but you know what? I know that you’ll be able to with a little time, some help, and determination! Get those MDs and PhD students to share their knowledge with you. I bet they’ll even learn when you ask them questions! Those who scoff at your or don’t teach? Pity them, for they have forgotten what’s most important: to never stop learning!
You can do it!
25 7 / 2014
insomniac057 said: Tips into getting into med school ?
Three magic words:
Kidding aside, a lot of it depends on where you are trying to go, some schools are more competitive than others.
Here is some advice on pimping your resume for med school.
25 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: Is it bad to take summer courses for med schools? Does it look bad? Especially if the class is a science class like organic chemistry or biochemistry?
I know you are probably a sweet little muffin, so do not take this personally, ok? This is directed at…. everyone.
COME ON PEOPLE. CAN WE USE A LITTLE CRITICAL THINKING HERE.
Ok, sorry. I get this question a lot. I have a hug for you, sweet anon, you darling.
Soooooo why would a summer class, especially a summer science class, look bad? It’s cramming three months of material into a month or less, most of the time. It’s not easier. If anything, I feel like taking summer classes gives you a tiny little peep of the pace most med schools teach at. If you don’t have to take summer classes and want to put yourself through that instead of doing something cool with your summers- of which there are a finite amount in your life- go ahead, go get ‘em.
I would not, however, recommend going the AspDocs method of summer classes where you take OChem I, Physics I and Physics I lab in the same month. That is a recipe for sadness and generally considered a bad idea.