To Read or Not To Read? That is the Question

Hello again! I hope you had a merry Christmas. ūüôā 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.

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6 Year BA/MD Program: How does it Work?

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.]

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‘Twas the Week before Finals

‘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.

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Accepted to Medical School! [Flashback to 2 Years Ago]

Acceptance photo 2_FotorIt was the spring of my senior year of high school. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and all was well with the world (or are those just my rosy thoughts that I associate with this day?).

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.

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