Day 39: One Block Down, Four To Go

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“Survived” Block 1

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a blog post. The past 2 weeks of med school have been rough. My daily routine consisted of waking up, studying, going to bed, and repeating.

Aug 16 – Progress Test 2
Aug 17 – HERPes exam


Aug 20 – Live Donor Exam and Donor Exam
Aug 21 – Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
Aug 24 – Osteopathic Medical Knowledge and Osteopathic Clinical Skills

Week 7 of med school began with studying for Progress Test 2. There was only about 2.5 weeks worth of lecture on this test; less than the first progress test but just as much information. Following PT2, I had to CRAM for our HERPes exam the following day. HERPes stands for Histology, Embryology, Radiology, Pathophysiology (I know what you’re thinking…the school just loves their acronyms). How did that go? Let’s just say that I went into the exam not confident and left feeling the same. It definitely put a damper on my morale but you learn to move on.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did nothing but eat, sleep, and breath anatomy in preparation for our Donor Exam Monday. All I can say is I remember walking into the anatomy lab and walking out 2.5 hours later. After the exam, I was brain dead. In undergrad, it was usually alright to take the day off following an exam. But I guess med school is a different ball game. Right after, I had to scramble to prepare for my clinical skills assessment. In all honesty, this was probably the most stressful 45 minutes ever. An oral exam in which you had to be able to examine a standardized patient and be able to demonstrate a variety of techniques for some reason, was (imo) more stressful than anatomy. Something about making sure you hit all the key points on the rubric and having someone with a clipboard evaluating you just adds an extra layer of pressure.

Med school in a nutshell.

To finish off my first Block Week, I just got out of a 4 hour exam. Two of those hours were dedicated to medical knowledge and the last two dedicated to clinical skills. It’s nuts to think that I’ve only been in school for 2 months and there is already so much to be tested on. How did I do? I’ll keep you updated as I wait impatiently for grades to be sent out. In the meantime, I think my friends and I deserve a night (or two) out away from schoolwork.

Who says med school is all work and no play?

Medical Knowledge – 86
Clinical Skills – 84



2 thoughts on “Day 39: One Block Down, Four To Go”

    1. Thank you so much secretmedicalstudent, you have no idea how much it means to me to know that people overseas are reading my posts! I’d be really interested to see how med schools/education in the US are similar and different to those in the UK!

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