Here’s something for the students coming in January – some pictures from around campus!
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Having survived the Fortnight of Hell (but not quite done – final grades are sent sometime next week), I have been taking advantage of the lovely warm weather and relaxing until my flight leaves for New York. Ah, glorious sunshine!
My fingers are still crossed for Neuroscience, the subject that I sacrificed on Mini III to ensure success in Physiology, but unless the MPS is high and I completely failed the Neuro shelf, I should be moving on to my second year of medical school in January. I’m afraid to be too confident because I felt awful about the shelf but I’m just going to hope that everything works out…
Sitting in the section of the library known as the fishbowl with bilateral sore quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, intermedius and lateralis) – it’s delayed muscle ache from the Salybia 5K charity run I completed yesterday. Although it was more like a charity half-n-half (about 50% running and 50% walking) for me, I’m actually quite impressed with myself, not only for doing it in the first place but for finishing in 34 minutes [official time: 33:30.5]. Not bad for a former asthmatic who didn’t take up running until last year. The run, from the gates of campus through Portsmouth to Cabrits National Park wasn’t exactly easy but I was able to appreciate some of the beauty of the island as the path took me along the coastline. Sun-dappled asphalt snaked along to separate vast blue ocean and lush green jungle, natural splendor on either side.
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:
While walking from the ATM at the campus center yesterday, I found two adorable little mangoes that had fallen from a tree near the seaside deck. They were perfectly ripe, plump and blushing, so I picked them up and took them with me to classroom 1, where I spent the bulk of my day, trying to make sense of all the histology lectures we’ve had over the past three weeks. Prior to that, I spent 2 hours in the anatomy lab, going over the muscles, nerves, arteries and clinical correlates we’d covered since the beginning of the semester. Foolishly, I hadn’t worn my scrubs and while I was poking around the muscles of the erector spinae, some body juice splashed down the leg of my favorite pair of jeans. I can still smell it. Guess these are the breaks…
Having been here for a month, I find myself occasionally reflecting on the good and bad of being at Ross. Attending med school on Dominica is kind of like being at a nature retreat. The beach is literally right in our backyard. Walking to and from campus and the annex provides good exercise. Succulent tropical fruit is available in abundance (and is cheaper than less-healthy snacks). Discounting the sleep-deprivation, caffeine consumption and other bad habits of typical med school students, it’s almost impossible not to live a healthier life. Unlike some Caribbean islands, Dominica isn’t overrun by tourists. It’s peaceful, quiet, isolated – a perfect study environment. Air conditioning and electricity on campus are free. Most apartments provide cleaning and laundry services so really, all students have to do is get up, get dressed, go to school and hit the books.
However, idyllic as it sounds, sometimes I find myself thinking what I thought that rainy February night as I walked home from the Ross information seminar at MIT. It almost seems too good to be true. And it is.
The White Coat Ceremony was kind of a big deal. I didn’t expect to feel as moved as I did but the simple act of donning a white physician’s coat – the cloak of my future profession – was quite profound.
In addition to the faculty, Dr. William J. Crump, our keynote speaker, and several local dignitaries, the President of Dominica and his lovely wife were in attendance, as well as an armed color guard. During the advance of the colors, I couldn’t help but compare the national anthem of Dominica (Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendor) with the Star Spangled Banner. Isle of Beauty is more like America, the Beautiful, a song praising the land and the people. Our national anthem is a fight song.
At the end of the ceremony, we recited The Morning Prayer of the Physician, attributed to Maimonides, the medieval rabbinical scholar and physician.
O God, Let my mind be ever clear and enlightened.
By the bedside of the patient, let no alien thought deflect it.
Let everything that experience and scholarship have taught it
be present in it, and hinder it not in its tranquil work.
For great and noble are those scientific judgements
that serve the purpose of preserving
the health and lives of Thy creatures.
Keep far from me the delusion that I can accomplish all things.
Give me the strength, the will, and the opportunity
to amplify my knowledge which yesterday,
I would not have dreamt of,
for the Art is great, but the human mind presses untiringly.
In the patient, let me ever see only the man.
Thou, All-Bountiful One, hast chosen me
to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures.
I prepare myself now for my calling.
Stand Thou by me in this great task, so that it may prosper.
For without Thine aid, man prospers not even in the smallest things.
I guess I spoiled you guys last week – there’s no way I’ll be able to have three updates a week regularly, especially now that the real work has begun. I’m currently in the library and though I’m supposed to be reviewing today’s lectures, I’m updating my blog, so we can see how diligent I am.
Goals for Tomorrow
1. Be more diligent
Today we had an introductory lecture from the coordinator of each department as well as our first full anatomy and biochem lectures. The anatomy lecture was especially fascinating, and even though I had a bit of difficulty tuning my ear to the professor’s accent, he was funny and engaging. There’s this awesome software he demonstrated, the visual human dissector (VHD), which is amazing, but only available for use in the anatomy lab. I heard that med schools in the states give this software to all their students – can anyone confirm this? Also sweet: six years of Latin coming back into play. Mr. Minden, Homer and Catullus would be proud.
The biochem lecture was actually mostly review for me: an overview of biochemical molecules, bond types and energies and the beginning of the stereochemistry lecture, which will be continued tomorrow. One thing that irked me – I learned the esterification to create Acetyl CoA from Acetic acid and Coenzyme A in Orgo but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember how to push the arrows…
Although we have dry lab this week, I can’t wait for next week’s anatomy lab when we get to “meet” our cadavers. Hopefully I’ll have learned everything there is to know about the superficial and deep back by then…
Here are the pictures from Saturday’s Island Tour: