Xavier School of Medicine’s Leave Benefits Saint James School of Medicine

Xavier School of Medical left for the Curaçao island. I’m not certain, but I was told that the Dutch government told that medical school to leave the island due to the lack of accreditation or something, I could be wrong though. And SJSM was also given free land in Bonaire, by the Dutch government, to build a brand new campus as it expands. But instead, we got the new building which where the students of MD1, MD2, and Pre-Med1 are. Xavier is also to be renamed to Avalon School of Medicine since the name “Xavier” with the same logo belongs to another medical school in Aruba.
Anyways moving on with the topic, ever since Xavier Medical School left, there have been minor changes on the island. Chicago office told us that the Dutch government gave them the report that, just the students of Bonaire, makes the island $6 million annually. Now that’s a big amount of money just from students. It’s kind of hard to believe but one of the students told me that he already spent $100,000 for tuition and staying in Bonaire. Plus after every block exams, students hold end of block parties and some spend over $100 in beer so, yeah $6 million from us student to Bonaire is believable. Bonaire does not generate any marginal profit. Holland actually has to put money into the island in order to keep the Bonaire’s economy running. Therefore, it’s in the best interest of the Netherlands to keep Saint James School of Medicine, because it’s over 10 years old and it has a good number of accreditations.
Apartments are Cheaper
Since the Xavier students left, even though they are smaller bunch than us SJSM students, the landlords will take whatever they get. Medical students stay on the island all year around, while tourists come and stay for couple of weeks and leave. Therefore, it’s in the best interest of the landlords to rent to the medical students. I know a three bedroom place, which was about around $2100 lowered to around $1600, after Xavier left. And that price includes all the utilities such as water, electricity, internet, and cable. Real estate companies are getting it hard because they used to charge students like crazy such as a 1 bedroom place, which is very small by the way, with kitchen and bathroom for $915 and that does NOT include the utilities. However, now the landlords took over their places and lowered the prices.

Study Tips for Medical Students

I’m in my fourth semester here in Saint James School of Medicine and so I tried many things in my previous semesters to increase my efficiency in studying; some worked and some failed.  The methods that worked for me, I use it on a consistent basis and it helped me get through.  If your current study methods didn’t work for you then try what I did and perhaps it will help you.

Don’t Re-Write All the Notes
This is a common mistake most medical students make, and I made it too in my first semester. The notes are right in front of you, why would you want to re-write them. If you were to re-write the notes then only re-write the little important ones. The medical lectures the teachers give out are so big and you don’t have time to re-write and understand the concepts. In medical school every minute is precious and you don’t have time to write a novel so don’t attempt to write one. Therefore, don’t re-write the notes unless they are key concepts that will help you understand the material.

Read Out Loud
This helped me so much; I am a visual and an audio learner, and most people are. Read the notes out loud and don’t be lazy about it. If you read out loud you won’t loose attention of what you’re reading. If you read silently then it’s guaranteed that you will loose focus on what you’re reading. Medical terminology and concepts are not easy to comprehend easily, such as examples are pathways of the intrinsic clotting factors. It takes a while to differentiate and understand intrinsic and extrinsic pathways. Read out loud with someone and trust me it helps; and it didn’t just help me, it helped other students as well, especially in Histology.

Repetition is the Key
Remember the saying “practice makes perfect” well it’s true. If you read a medical term over and over again then the information will be stapled to your head. The same principal applies when reading the notes over and over again. This is what I did, I read one slide once, then went to the next one and read that, then I went back to the first slide and read it again. After reading slide one and slide two again, I read slide three, after reading slide three I went back to slide one, and I continued this process which allowed me to memorize the information easily. Also while doing this I read out loud so that helped my memorization even more.

These study methods takes a good amount of energy and so you will be tired after the first lecture, but you will get more out of it than re-writing the notes or reading them silently. Just note, try the study methods and be consistent about it, don’t be lazy about studying, if you are lazy then ask yourself what are you doing in medical school. Good luck studying.

PDI Videos for Block 2

PDI is a challenging class in MD4; it requires you to take whatever you learned in the previous semesters and use it altogether; PDI stands for Physical Diagnosis Introduction & Clinical Medicine so you can see why it’s hard, now we’re entering the clinical arena.  There are no notes to copy from. Dr. P speaks, and it’s your job to take notes or record his lectures on an audio device.  I have found it kind of challenging to get the attention I need with our big class of 60 people. The class is divided in to 2 groups; each group takes turn surrounding the gurney while the instructor teaches the concepts of examination.  Thank GOD for the internet; I’ve found videos online to help me in PDI.  I have gathered them to a playlist and it’s displayed below; the concepts the videos show are taught in class and if you watch them over and over again then you’ll get very familiar with the examinations. If we have to learn any new concept in class for block 2, then I will update the playlist below with new videos.

The videos include shifting dullness, fluid wave, Murphy’s sign, Rovsing’s sign, and rebound tenderness.

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