Oh MD3, How Hard Are Thou

I wish I can blog more often, but this semester there are times when I don’t even get a full 5 consecutive hours of sleep and it exhausts me because of the lack time I have due to studying.

If you talk to anyone who attend or have attended SJSM, they will tell you that third semester is the hardest semester out of the 4 semesters in Bonaire. The hardest classes for MD3 are Pharmacology and Microbiology. I compared the curriculum of both SJSM and ROSS and to my surprise Pharmacology and Microbiology are divided into two semesters in Ross School of Medicine. At SJSM, Pharmacology and Microbiology is packed in one semester and for that the third semester is EXTREMELY difficult.

At 8 AM we have Pharmacology, and it’s scheduled to end at 9:50; at 10 we have Microbiology until 11:50. From 12 to 1 we have lunch hour and afterwards from 1 to 2:50 in the afternoon we have Pathology I. From 3 to 5 on Monday we have Pathology lab from one half of the class, on Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 to 5 we have Psychology; from 3 to 5 on Thursday we have research methods, and on Friday at 3 to 5 we have Pathology lab for the other half of the class. So, now you have time from 5 PM to 8 AM the next day, to go home, take a shower, eat, rest and study for the 4 lectures of the day.

The classes are so difficult that you will see some students sleeping in class because they studied all night to catch up with the lectures for the following day. Honestly, not all students do that, some students don’t even bother studying till the weekend.

So you can see that it’s overwhelming and the worst part is the weather is humid and very hot. Once you step out of the AC cooled classroom you will start feeling the horrible humidity. However, you’ll get used to that from the first semester.

Muscle Physiology Video Review for USMLE Step 1

This just gets better and better. I found another video from the same professor. This video is more important than the neurology video because it deals with physiology. All medical students know that Physiology is extremely important in medicine; physiology is actually the foundation of medicine.

New medical students, whether you go to SJSM or not, this video is very helpful.

New Look Upgrade

I have finished with the new look upgrade for this blog in my study breaks. As you can see it has a lot more features in terms of accessing more information. And this new design does make this blog look a bit more professional. I think I’ll permanently keep this design as it is very useful in organization.

I’m hoping I can gain more readerships day by day. Getting more readers to read my writing does get me motivated to write more even with my busy schedule. Of course most of the material I write is basically for SJSM students until clinical clerkship. In clinical clerkship my information will be helpful to all Caribbean medical students and other foreign medical grads. Clinical clerkship will be done in America so I will be working side-by-side with students of other medical schools.