唇 and Bags of Hemoglobin

Apparently, the most popular post on this blog is one that has nothing to do with my journey through med school – it’s the one about how lovely my lips are. And while I do maintain that they are quite nice, it kinda creeps me out that the picture of them gets searched almost every day. Coincidence? Or internet sheistiness? In any case, that post has been protected. I can’t think of anyone I know who’d really want to stare at a picture of my mouth everyday but if you’re really interested, leave a comment here and I’ll reveal the password.

In other news, it’s Blood Week for Semester 1 students – it started with the Mini on Monday and has continued with lectures about blood in biochem and histology (and will continue through Friday). The Mini I answer key went up yesterday – I was so anxious to know my score, I tabulated it last night. The good news is that I didn’t get all the histology questions wrong! But, I did get enough of them wrong to realize that I really ought to have spent more time reviewing those lectures. In any rate, I’m not unsatisfied with my performance. Next time, I’ll procrastinate less and spend a bit more time on histo when I prepare.

My advice for incoming students on Mini I:

1. Even though they make it seem like Mini I is the most difficult insurmountable challenge you will face, it’s not. It’s a tough exam because you’re being tested on a lot of material but for the most part, the questions are fair.

2. Be sure to review everything thoroughly. Yes, there are twice as many biochem and histo questions as DPS and anatomy questions on Mini I (this changes for other exams) but don’t neglect subjects because they’re only 10 or 15% of the material on the exam.

3. Do prioritize the heavily-weighted subjects during your pre-exam study period.

4. Make a study schedule and REALLY stick to it. You don’t need to sacrifice sleep and study 16 hours a day but if your schedule says it’s time for you to study, you should be studying.

5. PreTest and BRS are good resources for shelf exam and step I-style questions but PACE quizzes are gold when it comes to Mini-prep. Do as many related PACE and Scholars quizzes as you can to identify weak areas for targeted review. Old PACE and Scholars quizzes are available from upper class students, on the G Drive and at Academic Success Cognitive Skills MCQ sessions. Bonus: the questions sometimes get reincarnated on exams!

I really need to get off the pulpit and practice what I preach for Mini II.

Back to erythrocytes – don’t they look sort of like plump little fruit loops?

Well, except for the fact that they’re actually biconcave discs…

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