This past Monday, January 5, I began the course of HSF. This is a 7 month long class which covers the basic sciences — anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, histology, and physiology. We also had MD only students join us at this point in time, so I really feel like I am in medical school now (though I won’t go through the White Coat Ceremony until August). Needless to say, I am excited about it!
We had a few hours of orientation in the morning, which basically entailed a general overview of the course and advice from the teachers as to how to succeed/how not to fail. In the afternoon we had our first class, Histology. All of the material we have received so far — in Histology and Biochemistry — is mostly review. Looking at the syllabus, that is how it will be for the first week or two (except for Embryology, as I have not learned that content before). We have learned the basic framework for the information through previous classes such as Cell Biology, Anatomy, and our semester-long Biochemistry class (that we took this past Fall). Anything new is just additional details being added to what we already know. So in a sense that is nice since we are not overwhelmed with information in the very beginning, but it also can make it more difficult to motivate myself to study (since I already know most of the content). By the end of these first couple weeks I should be well versed in cell structure and cell signaling. 🙂
I decided that it would be a great idea to start out the semester with good habits. So after class on Monday, I went for a run! Here’s what I felt like before I started:
It was only 24°F outside, and also cloudy. I initially planned to run for 30 minutes, but I ended up going for only 22. Whether it was the cold weather, not having eaten much yet that day, or lack of sleep (from anticipation the night before classes began), it was much more difficult to run than it normally is. Any time I would start walking my legs felt like they were turning to ice… so I counted it a success to get over 20 minutes in and start out the semester on a good foot.
There’s a brief overview of my first day of classes! I know it will be a very busy semester, as I am taking 23 credit hours. Yet the content is very interesting to me, and in general I like to be in school. So it works out well. 🙂
Have you taken anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, histology, and physiology? Which was your favorite? Least favorite?