Posts tagged studying

And of course…

…the fire alarm must go off. 

Colours In The Sky by Miami Horror featuring Cleopold.

I am going to the hospital library to study for my upcoming clinical exam this weekend. This is my motivational song of the day.

Case Study.
Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.
The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 
The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.
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Case Study.

Studying in the clerkship years is a challenging task. Study times gives way to working time; working time gives way to sleeping time. Somewhere in between we need to create time for ourselves to build our knowledge.

The transition into third year requires quick adaptation to studying on the go. Bring a pocket book or load an ebook onto your phone or tablet computer. If you have few minutes to catch your breath, take out your study material and read a little. 

The best way to maximize your learning in these circumstances is to read around the cases you see each day. Was there something you did not understand about the pathophysiology for patient A’s condition? Not sure what the management plan should be for patient B? Make a case study out of these patients and read around what you do not know or cannot remember. Not only does this help you relate your readings to an actual experiences that help solidify your knowledge, but it will help you manage that patient’s care better. It is a win-win.

Next pearl: ?…
Previous pearl: Photos & Videos Prohibited…

Jeopardy / Millionaire

If you find yourself wanting to do a group study session but want to bring some excitement and competition to the table, why not set up a game night for your friends?

For academic medical students, try a hand at adapting Jeopardy. It takes some time to build up enough cards and factoids to make a late night session worthwhile. Do it in teams or fly solo. Can you answer fast enough?

For clinical medical students, adapt a game of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Put yourself in the hot seat in the audience of your friends and try to rank up in a certain topic. Find help with the 50/50 option, poll your audience, or call a friend (e.g. a dermatology resident for a skin lesion question). Rewards can range from free meals to switching prized call shifts to just good old fashion prestige. 

Have you ever played a study game? Share your ideas below.

Phases of the Bipolar Spectrum.
Our mood is always in a constant state of flux. In patients with bipolar disorder, the mood can swing quite dramatically into the highs and lows. They can be pleasantly but intensely perked up one visit or severely and suicidally depressed the next.
This diagram, adapted from the citation above, hopes to illustrate this.

Phases of the Bipolar Spectrum.

Our mood is always in a constant state of flux. In patients with bipolar disorder, the mood can swing quite dramatically into the highs and lows. They can be pleasantly but intensely perked up one visit or severely and suicidally depressed the next.

This diagram, adapted from the citation above, hopes to illustrate this.

The studying never ends.
Took a few moments today to flip through some questions and read around the topics before carrying on with the rest of my day. It is all about lifelong learning.

The studying never ends.

Took a few moments today to flip through some questions and read around the topics before carrying on with the rest of my day. It is all about lifelong learning.

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks about learning mathematics from the Great Debate: the Storytelling of Science.

I watched this last night and I think it is advice that applies to many of the readers who have asked through the years what to do about their struggles with math, chemistry, physics etc. Certainly, I feel that it applies to those who question if medicine is too hard for their passion to stay alive.

With practice, you can become better at your craft, no matter what discipline you pursue. It takes time, it takes work, and it takes practice. But you do eventually get there.

Watch the full Q & A session linked above for other responses by Dr. Lawrence Krauss and Bill Nye to this question.

Getting Ready.
A morning cup of coffee. A pen and notebook of clinical pearls. A computer full of study resources and questions. It is time to start the day.

Getting Ready.

A morning cup of coffee. A pen and notebook of clinical pearls. A computer full of study resources and questions. It is time to start the day.

City Life (Moods Remix) by Ashtraynutz.

So much to study, yet so little time. Hopefully some mood music will help me be more efficient and get into the mood to study. Every little bit helps at this point.

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The Fall by Rhye.

Two weeks from today, I will be writing my final exam for third year. The stress levels are mounting. The stakes are high. The end is near. This song’s calm and smooth rhythm is helping me calm my nerves.