Another update from Bonaire; the third block of first semester is here. The MD3 students (3rd semester medical students) told me that the block 3 is the hardest out of all the four blocks because of the amount of information to study for is “volumous”, according to one professor. It seems as if most students spend at least 70% of their study time to study Histology. The Histology professor takes a great deal of time to challenge us tremendously. How does he challenge us you say? He will ask something from a concept of a tissue or cell to the exact detail such as what are the components make up the tissue’s extracellular matrix. The students are expected to tell if there are proteglycans, or collagen fibers, or both, etc. Let’s rock this block =P.
After one year of being diagnosed with a small degree of periodontal disease I went to a dentist to get my deep cleaning done. In America deep cleaning would require X-Ray, regular cleaning in 4 quadrants, and then deep cleaning in the 4 quadrants, the quote for a deep cleaning is around $1300. That’s expensive? Yeah you bet that’s why I prolonged my cleaning for this long. Here in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles everyone referred me to this dentistry practice ran by the Dutch doctor nearby our school. The x-ray scan and the deep cleaning of all four quadrants, which was slightly painful, cost me 250 NaFl; that’s about $142. 250 NaFl for everything is a deal compared to the overpriced quote from America. Right now my gums are tender and they are bleeding little by little but they’re clean. Everything in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles is overpriced but this service is a deal and the quality of service is the same as dental services in America. Let’s see what other bargains I can get out of this Dutch colony =P.
Here in St. James School of Medicine, as a medical student in the first semester, I got introduced with one of the toughest subjects, Histology. Apparently this one and only subject will rock anyone’s head due to the high volume of information that needs to be incorporated. We have to study everything of the PNS, CNS, osteoblasts, osteocytes, and all the other detailed components and processes in our body at the molecular level. The instructor challenges us to a level where we have to sleep, dream, and visualize histology. The difficult level of the class surpasses organic chemistry class in undergrad.
The second most difficult subject is not really difficult but it’s time consuming. Gross Anatomy, the basis of medical studies, is quite dull with studying nothing but the nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, bones, muscle origins and insertion points, and organs. It’s not something that I put much interest into. However, whenever I understand what does what, it boosts my confidence as a medical student because then I understand what moves underneath my skin as I move.
Embryology is the most interesting subject in this semester. Studying embryology gives a more clear perception of what can happen or not during pregnancy. Perhaps now I can figure out what happened to my baby brother that who died during his fetal period. So far the subject is quite interesting and the discussions in class makes it more interesting.
The fourth and the least difficult subject is Medical Ethics. This class has the least number of credit hours because the class is not that hard. During class hardly anyone takes notes because it’s a class full of discussions based on common sense. The instructor would give us a scenario in treating patients, and then he would ask us what we would do based on our ethical foundation.