Hello again! I hope you had a merry Christmas. 🙂 I am still on winter break, but I have been working on my study schedule for my upcoming class, HSF (Human Structure Function). As I was deciding what to read/study on which days, I had to work through the question of whether I would take the time to read the textbooks (or if I would simply study the lecture slides we were given). Whether or not it is beneficial (time-wise) to read for a course differs between people and, I believe, differs between courses. It also depends on how much study time you have/make time for.
I have officially finished another semester! Amidst late nights filled with coffee, studying, and YouTube videos, I have survived finals week and now have a couple weeks off. This past semester has been the most stressful semester to date, but I learned a lot: subject matter from my coursework, better study habits, and how important a strong support system of friends and family can be. (On a lighter note, I also learned how to sing an awesome Lion King Medley, ran 4 miles straight for the first time ever, and … drumroll please… started this blog!)
So, how does a 6 year medical program work? I’ll offer a brief overview of the current program structure, and then reflect on the pros and cons of this set-up. [Please keep in mind that the following views are of my personal opinion and do not reflect the opinion of UMKC School of Medicine.]
‘Twas the week before finals when all through the land, all the students were frantic, long study guides in hand. I walked into Starbucks hoping for a respite, to buy me some coffee and get a quick bite. When what did I see but that in every seat, a student was studying–some with looks of defeat; Anatomy here and then Pharm over there, no chair left for me, no table left bare.
I had just finished playing a soccer game, and I stopped by the post office to get the mail. Checking the mailbox has been a favorite activity of mine ever since I was a child, and this day it was no different. The anticipation of what may be on the other side of the shiny mailbox door and the knowledge that I may have a letter makes me excited every time.
Today, same as every other day, I inserted the key and opened the box to retrieve the mail. But today, there was a BIG ENVELOPE in the mailbox from UMKC.
If you don’t know what a big envelope means, let me enlighten you. I knew from reading every. single. post. all the way back to 2004 on College Confidential that a big envelope was good news. You see, there were a couple types of envelopes that you could receive from UMKC School of Medicine. A small, normal, letter-sized envelope was bad news. It meant that you were either rejected or placed on the wait list. However, a big envelope meant that you had just received an acceptance letter to medical school. Or so I had read.