HSF has — finally — concluded

HSF is finally over. After 6 months and 9 days = 4560 hours = 273,600 minutes = 16,416,000 seconds, I have come to the end of Human Structure Function. In retrospect, the time in HSF passed by quickly — yet at the same time, it seems like I’ve been in that course forever. I learned so very, very much in that course — evidenced by the countless piles of notes and power points that I went through in the 5 days leading up to the final.

Let me tell you, preparing for a cumulative final covering over 6 months of material was quite a task. We had 5 dedicated study days, which still did not seem like enough time. It did make me realize how much I have built up my study endurance; studying more than 12 hours a day for several days straight is not something that I could have done 2 years ago. One thing’s for certain: I certainly helped keep Starbucks in business that week. 😜

Our final was at 9 a.m. Monday morning, and I was planning to wake up at 6 to review before the test. I woke up and my alarm was not going off so *insert moment of panic* I thought I slept through my alarm! Thank goodness, it was 5:48 a.m. and I still had 12 minutes before I was supposed to be awake. Phew. I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise that morning — an enjoyable way to start a stressful day.

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After spending 3 hours answering 150 questions, I was finished at 12 p.m. It was such an odd feeling to be finished — I have spent so much time with HSF study obligations, and to suddenly be done left me feeling momentarily lost.

We have 2.5 weeks of break, and I spent the first couple days just giving my brain a break. I went to see the Minions movie (so good), read a book that was not a textbook (Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh), and went running for the first time in about a week. Now that I gave my brain a rest I’m working on research, writing blog posts, and studying for a shadow experience — I am shadowing a neurosurgeon for 4 days of my break, so I’m learning some neuroanatomy so I don’t seem completely inept. This will also give me a jump on my fall semester, in which the main classes I’ll be taking are Pathology I and Neuroscience (amongst others). I’m looking forward to have a new set of classes to focus on, with different content than HSF. {I enjoyed the content in HSF, don’t get me wrong, but after 6.5 months of it I’m ready for the next course.}

Looking ahead: White Coat! It’s happening mid-August, and I am really looking forward to it. I’ll find out which docent doctor I will be under for the next 4 years, which hospital I will be at, and who my Senior Partner is. Even though I’ve technically been a Year 3 since June 1, it will be an official entry into the last 4 years of the program. Like HSF, I’m sure the remaining time will pass quickly and I’ll be interviewing for residencies and going through the Match in no time. I remember 2 years ago when I was a first year and a group of us went to Hospital Hill to go the the Career Fair — we met some then-Year 3’s, who mentioned that we might be their Junior Partners in 2 years! It’s hard to believe that we are now in Year 3, and that that was just 2 years ago. You know what they say — time flies when you’re having fun. 😉

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