So, things have been quiet for a while. Anatomy is winding down, with our final exams next week. We are all frantically stuffing knowledge into our heads, and working to understand the inner structural pieces of the body. As I sit here in the Plummer building library, I am reflecting on my experience throughout anatomy.
This is the block of school that will "make or break" you. Not that if broken we are done forever, but it's a tough course. We drink through the fire hose. And it would be one thing if we had to regurgitate all of our knowledge, but integrating and synthesizing our knowledge base in clinical application is where it can sometimes get tough.
So many times over these past few weeks, I've heard the phrase "This is where we find out who's dedicated or not." And that is absolutely true. I wholeheartedly believe you can get into med school without an ounce of passion for medicine. If you have lived out the premed life and commit to long nights of studying and MCAT prep, you can get in somewhere. But HERE. In anatomy. Is where the shit hits the fan. We are fully immersed in lab work with our donated cadaver and fully immersed in lecture material, along with ultrasound, radiology, and embryology. This is where passion is: in the pits. There are ups and downs of med school, and especially during these seven weeks when we are at our peak stress level, are constantly working with the same people over and over, and sleep is a rare commodity. But if you are not passionate about the work that you will soon be doing, or the practice that will change many lives over the course of your own, then you will never make it through.
On that cheery note, here are some nice pictures from my time in anatomy. I especially like the selfie with my board review book. :). XOXOXOXOXOXO
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