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  1. Never thought communication skills learned in med school would ever prevent a dramatic developments in a feverish home-situation ... I would figuratively thank my teachers in communication on my bare knees

    1. koti

      koti

      Sounds like a success, good for you.

  2. I've reached this strange point in my life - and I'm not quite certain whether it's a point more people reach, or a psychiatric problem - where I tempt to memorise as much as possible from any damn text I'm reading. And it's driving me crazy.

    1. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Nurse! Nurse! We have another one here. Take notes, compress, summarise, and condense; learn the final "essence". Although in Medicine (from my memory of my couple of years of it) just memorizing stuff is pretty much par for the course - just make sure you avoid looking for clinical diagnostic points when reading the newspaper

    2. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      Perhaps, while you're at it, learn the trachtenberg method. Use this stage to your advantage!

  3. Hardest theoretical exam of the whole 6-year medical curriculum tomorrow (which is what every grad student says). Wish me luck.

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    2. Function

      Function

      I'm quite flattered. For now, my heart (and brains) lies in neurology.

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      clinical, research, or both?

    4. Function

      Function

      Both; I'd love to work as a neurologist but also be involved in fundamental neuroscientifical research (epilepsy, conscience, ...)

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  4. In Dutch, potassium iodide tablets are called "jodiumtabletten", which means as much as iodine tablets. I curse the person having invented the word "jodiumtabletten". Which is a total paradoxal name for what it is. It doesn't have iodine. Sigh.

  5. Turns out I happen to like endocrinology in all its subtleties.

  6. Studying for "Problems of digestive tract and endocrine systems" ... According to multiple graduate students, this was the hardest course in their whole education. Encouraging that the graduate courses will be better.

  7. Exams incoming. Brace yourselves!

    1. koti

      koti

      Break a leg!

    2. fiveworlds

      fiveworlds

      Good luck I have 2 of mine done already :)

    3. Function

      Function

      Thanks :) good luck to you too!

  8. It's about time I got myself another bronchitis! Now I finally understand what my professor in bacteriology meant with "a clear green sputum sample", on the collection of samples for bacteriology. Rather khaki. Digusting nonetheless.

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      it must be quite a hurdle to overcome mentally, seeing all manner of human secretions and excretions in various combinations.

    2. Function

      Function

      Tbh, I mostly don't care about body fluids; dissections were no problem at all, just a matter of getting over it. But when we had to make an opening in the cecum to inspect Bauhin's valve, that's where I drew the line.

  9. A neurosurgeon asking me what the basis is for the difference in clinical presentation of decortication vs. decerebration because he'd forgotten got me thinking (a second year undergraduate student in medicine knows the answer in Belgium). Perhaps neurosurgery is not my destiny, but rather neurology. Couldn't imagine forgetting all the fun nerdy neurophysiological stuff.

    1. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      Neurology sounds fascinating. I am teaching basic nerve function to Yr 13 students and have to look up Physiology textbooks to fill in gaps left by the textbook. However, back to you. Which career would allow you to go home feeling better about yourself?

    2. Function

      Function

      I'm looking towards neurology, since I'm studying medicine. It will still leave me enough clinical work and yet also lots of space in research, which is, especially in neurosciences, extremely fascinating

    3. jimmydasaint

      jimmydasaint

      I have worked in research with medics who were getting paid medical level salaries - they loved it!

  10. Passed all my exams. The grades are, however, no good representation of what I am capable of. I worked too fast on one especially. Quite disappointed. Will have to learn to live with it. Hardest term in the course coming up.

    1. Function

      Function

      I will work slower in the future ;) But yes the professor of the course knows that I simply worked too fast and that my capabilities in that domain are much greater than is represented by my score

    2. Raider5678
    3. DanTrentfield

      DanTrentfield

      Join the club.... yeah I got a 72 on my specialized chemistry exam for college for this semester.... So I need to get 98 or better on the test next semester which is HARDER because specialized chemistry is not liking me.

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  11. Seems like I will be writing on glioblastoma multiforme for my master dissertation the next 2-3 years. Hence, the profile picture.

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    2. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      I do. Probably going to be a math teacher and use that money to attend college online. I'm going to attempt to be a rocket engineer.

    3. Function

      Function

      Beautiful outlook. Teaching can be very satisfying. Best of luck with it!

    4. Raider5678
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  12. Delivered from exam isolation! Now to recover and gain some lost sleep hours.

  13. Starting to appreciate the wondrous complexity and cleverness of our immune system.

    1. Function

      Function

      But the induced specific immune system (B- and T-cell responses) are by far the most interesting parts.

    2. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      Not my youtube channel, so hopefully I can give a link here:

       

    3. Function

      Function

      Exam went quite well ^^

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  14. First exam out of 5 tomorrow. 23 days to go.

    1. Function

      Function

      Et cum spirito tuo.

    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      good luck - and remember to read the question

    3. Function

      Function

      Thanks :) I already kind of f*cked up on my first exam. I basically hope I failed so I can retake in August, because if I passed, it's not going to be something to be too proud of. Really stupid mistakes

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  15. Does shouting "calm down!" to anyone stressing out interfer with their coping abilities and, in extension, their mental health status and stability?

  16. If my body font is Times New Roman, 10.5 pt, 1.15 spacing, then what should table/figure caption content size/spacing be like?

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    2. Function

      Function

      Thanks! What about line spacing?

    3. hypervalent_iodine

      hypervalent_iodine

      In my experience, universities usually have pretty strict limits on spacing. I tend to go 1.5x.

    4. Function

      Function

      Yes well I find it really astonishing how strict university thesis regulations are in the US when concerning layout ... We in Belgium are - apparently - more "liberal" in that kind of stuff ...

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  17. It's not worth starting a thread for this: am I the only one bothered by the notation 120/80 mm Hg? Why not 120/80 mm Hg/mm Hg? Or 120 mm Hg / 80 mm Hg?

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    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      113/65 mmHg - pretty unconcerned about that

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      That's from all the cycling you do

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Completely agree. Have you noticed an uptick in fitness from the increased activity and decreased smoking?

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  18. Alors, if I'm not religious and do not believe in any nonsense the Catholic Church stands for, then why do I love the gospel texts, Gregorian songs and just those texts everyone knows?

    1. Function

      Function

      Even in Latin?

    2. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Pretty is pretty wherever it comes from.

  19. Hmm ... Might reconsider my lifestyle when it comes to (lack of) sleep and (not) having breakfast ... Had another vasovagal attack (standing) on the train this morning ... I've only had it twice so far: on my first flight ever, in September, and last year on a party. So I know it isn't something too bad, but still, very freightening at that very moment.

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    2. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      Ohhhhhh, that's what it is! Always wondered what that was when it happens. Happens to me about once or twice a week. Just avoid the stairs and stop moving. Grab onto something, and stand straight. It'll go away sooner or later.

    3. Function

      Function

      2 times a week? Sure it isn't just orthostatic hypotension? If it's a genuine vasovagal attack and you suffer from it that much, you may very well want to consult your physician ...

    4. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      I don't know, it might be. Pretty much the same symptoms, but its never done any harm so I think I'm fine.

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  20. Just watched "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". And all of a sudden, emotional collapse. I feel terrible. Time for some sleep.

    1. koti

      koti

      Function....We saw that movie few months ago. I think it's a decent, Monday evening, indie film nothing special though. I think your'e over reacting a little, it's not such a downer when you think about it :)

      BTW...if you haven't already, watch "We're the Millers" That one will cheer you up :)

       

    2. Function

      Function

      It surely depends from person to person ;) 2 others I know who've seen it were as affected as I was ^^ Sidenote: I'd never say someone overreacts. Someone reacts just perfectly according to their own references and needs of coping with shit (sorry Holy Overseers).

    3. koti

      koti

      True, true. In this case I'll give it to you.

      I just realised that I may have misused the word "overreacted" and you might have been offended by it. Then again, you overreacted a little to me saying that you overreacted so... :P

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  21. Remember that prof asking me if I were interested in helping another prof with statistical analyses of some data? Seems like all of a sudden I'm officially involved in an international study concerning socioeconomic demographics of medical students and health workers :)

  22. I don't want sweet dreams anymore. They constantly remind me of what could be, but isn't.

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    2. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      "Everybody's looking for something"

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Thank you String. The first 12inch single I ever bought. And it was by mistake - I thought I was getting the album cheap!

    4. StringJunky
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  23. I love my brain for having given me that wonderful dream last night and the persistent feelings when waking up. At the same time, I've seldomly been as angry at someone as I am at my brain. How dare it wake me up from that dream.

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    2. Function

      Function

      I sensed some sort of irrelevance in blue's reactions, so I didn't really know what to answer. So blue: sit down and learn English ^^

       

      Well, Sirona ... Research of my own as a person, perhaps. Aciman would describe it as "things that really do matter".

    3. blue89

      blue89

      :) :) String no doubt with anyone's honesty. I do not assess anyone's personality ,I only assess everyone's sayings. all of people are equal and worth for me ,none is better or worse than me. :) probably "cool" means this position :) :)
    4. Raider5678

      Raider5678

      Blue. You need to learn English, what's your native language? I'll try and help you out there.

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