A Week of MD3

Today will be a week of MD3; all I can say is it is overwhelming. We have Pharmacology 8 AM – 10 AM, Microbiology 10 AM – 12 AM, Lunch Noon – 1 PM, Psychology – 1 PM to 3 PM, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we have Psychology from 3 PM – 5 PM. On Thursdays we have Research Methods from 3-5 in the afternoon, and on Fridays we have Pathology lab at the same time. We have so many subjects, and we don’t have time to sleep. MD3 is known to be the hardest semester by most of the SJSM alumni.

Pharmacology and Pathology is all about pathways for different reactions, for different drugs, and for different pathologies. Psychology is not so bad, it’s very relaxing. However, Microbiology is all about memorization. There is a tremendous number of things we have to memorize. We have to memorize many bacterias, what toxins they produce, their genus groups, the infection they caused, the symptoms they cause, and it goes on and on.

In Microbiology, if you walked in you can figure out right away that it’s not the best class to be in. Half the student body doesn’t even show up. And for the students who do show up, they either study something else, talking, passing notes, or even sleeping. The reason they do this is not because of the subject, the subject is interesting, but it’s basically do to the teacher. The teacher seems like a nice Physician from India, but he literally reads from the slides. The previous teacher resigned and the new Microbiology teacher has a hard time coming to Bonaire due to the island’s poor efficiency of immigration process. I asked the dean about the new teacher and he told me, to study as best I can, because SJSM did all they can, they already have someone, but Bonaire’s immigration office is the problem. Therefore, until the new teacher comes the substitute teacher will have to manage the class. In my honest opinion, Microbiology can be self-taught but when a teacher explains it then it’s easier to memorize it.

Mistakes of MD1

In this post I would like to point out my mistakes from MD1; I learned lessons which I learned through experience while staying in Bonaire.

Room Mates
The people who I roomed it were not the people who they claimed to be. The Chicago office does a good job in pairing people, but once you live with them then it’s whole new story. People who I roomed with talked about studying and getting serious, but after a month or so, they got caught up with island parties. Not only that, I had stay with sport fanatics, who would keep up with scores the night before the exams. I’m not saying I’m perfect; I have my flaws of paranoia which pissed them off. I met my roommates on Bonaire so, I had to deal with them. One thing you’ll learn, never room with your friends, because you will loose friendship with them.

Showing Desperation
In Bonaire, my roommates showed desperation in getting a place to stay. For that, the landlord charged 3 times the normal price for rent. Never show desperation to the landlords, because they don’t care that you’re a student with limited money; they’ll do their best to suck out all the money out of you and leave you stranded. However, I’m sure it’s the same anywhere else in the world, but this relates to Bonaire only.

Don’t Wait for Anything or Anyone
In Bonaire, you would think people are laid back, which is true, but you shouldn’t be laid back. You’re a foreigner, and a student; therefore, don’t ever wait till last minute to do anything because you may suffer for it. If a payment is due at a certain date, don’t worry about any grace period, just pay it off ASAP.
Voice Recorder
I should’ve gotten this in MD1 semester. A voice recorder helps a lot if you loose attention in class. A lot of these teachers have monotone voices, so it’s easy to get distracted with some other thought in your head. When you’re in school from 8 AM to 5 PM, you will be tired and you will miss important things that the instructors tell you.

Don’t Stay at Hotel Rochaline

Information for students of the Xavier and St. James Medical Schools

Starting May 01 – 2010, there is NO more availablity for students of the Xavier and St. James Medical Schools in hotel Rochaline! There are several reasons for this new rule, but most of all, it is simply based on ‘attitude’ and ‘behaviour’ of some of these young ‘spoiled’ and high demanding kids!

We understand, our clients are our guests and therefor they will be treated in the most friendly way. We onderstand that we also can make mistakes but we will always respect our guests and apollogize for these mistakes and/or mis-comminications. Some students have another idea about this and creating their own rules. They do not accept the simple basics of respect. They do not undrstand the rule of a ‘commitment’. We try to be as flexible as possible. We try to understand the long travels, the lack of money, of starting something new, a new country…. new people, another culture, etc. If the students try to understand this also, the will be most welcome again in hotel Rochaline.

Mr. Sjoerd Vanderbrug Manager/Owner

I got word that two students who stayed in the hotel at the beginning of this semester were given bad service. I know for a fact those two students did not give any attitude. If the hotel owner sees any students he gets pissed. I guess when they see a young face, and the constant request of extending the stay, they get mad. And I remember in MD1 semester two students were refused to extend their stay, and the hotel owner had their baggage removed from the room and placed in the lobby. So, in the future don’t book anything at the hotel, and save yourself a lot of trouble.