Archive for March 2009

The Mediasite Experiment

March 17, 2009

After a not disasterous but still disappointing showing on Mini II, I have decided to switch gears in my study style. As was recommended by the people at as well as several upperclassmen here, I have decided to forgo all lectures for which attendance is not mandatory this week and instead, adopt a “my pace” mediasite-based study regimen. Apparently, the point of mediasiting is to save time wasted by sitting in class and absorbing (or “actively listening”) and get more things done. We’ll see how that works out for me. Incidentally, this week is one of my busiest weeks yet – supplementary patient interview today, suture clinic or ICM review tomorrow (haven’t decided which one to bail on), SNMA’s Mini Med School on Thursday, 6 or more hours of lecture a day…and it doesn’t get easier. It’s week 10 – there are 36 days left in the semester and I’m going to need all the help I can get to scrape by with something respectable at the end. Updates may be infrequent, but maybe the time I save mediasiting will allow me to have an extra few minutes here and there…

Bugs, Drugs and Intestines

March 4, 2009

Excepted from an online study session:

友達:  quiz me on helminths
自分:  what do you use to treat taenia solium infection?
友達mebendazole, since it treats cestodes and trematodes
自分:  okay, i should have given more info
pt. presents with seizures and neurological symptoms and has cysts in brain and taenia solium eggs in stool
what do you use to treat?*
友達:  hm
自分:  what is taenia coli?**
友達:  i should know it
and i keep saying it
but i cannot remember
自分:  it sounds so familiar
友達:  haha we’re idiots
the three bands of the large intestine
i kept thinking it had to be a bacteria or something
cuz of coli
自分:  me too
i was just looking at the list of microbes
they should’ve named it something else

* According to Lippincott’s Pharmacology Review, for this case, you’d use Albendazole, which is the drug of choice for this type of infestation.

** We just learned this, last semester in anatomy. What is wrong with my brain?


March 3, 2009
(C) Nina Paley

(C) Nina Paley

One of my classmates sent me a link to this test. Here are my results: