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Sun, Aug. 7th, 2005, 12:29 am
relliott: In the beginning...

My name is Ruth Elliott and I created the LJ group called Finalsitis.

Currently I am a student of Glasgow University Medical School and will be sitting the final degree exams for the medicine, MBChB, course next May. I know that I am not alone in this boat. What does perhaps make me a little stranger is that I've already passed the cases, the modules and the clinical exam. Due to ill health I didn't get by so well in the written paper so can't currently graduate.

While I was studying for my exams last time I found it very useful to write up cases, questions and even presentations on topics so that I would remember them better. It might sound like a lot of work, but when you are trying to get across what you have learned to someone else it helps clarify it in your own mind. I have heard it said that in order to learn effectively, particularly practical skills you have to:

1. see one
2. do one
3. teach one

For example, I got a hundred times better at putting in IV lines when I taught someone else to do it!

Having been on the approach to finals once already I also know how tough mentally it becomes to stay on top of things. I have seen the pressure of success and how it affected my classmates both individually and as a whole. I know how important it becomes not to feel alone.

This community, I hope, will serve two purposes; to provide an open forum to discuss topics and also a network of others having similar experiences. Sometimes it's easier to talk to a screen than it is to your classmates due to the competitive nature of medicine. It could be possible if numbers are sufficient to create real study groups at different universities over time.

Mon, Sep. 5th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Waiting around

Just had a really frustrating day, waiting for doctors to show up for teaching, and they never came... And then they complain about JHOs being unprepared. Everyone needs to take responsibility for everyone else, eh?

Hope your year's going well, Ruth. I'm trying not to freak out when I hear of everyone else having study timetables etc. People just work in different ways, I tell myself. Hmmm.

Peter (Hart).

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)

Hi ruth!
This is a fantastic idea but it seems that no-one is really getting into it just yet-typical glasgow lot lol! Maybe when the panic really starts to set in...Anyways, would like to get started and really use this journal not only to be all medical and academic but to let off some steam too. You've been through it so at least you kinda know what to expect. First things first. Have you started studying yet and do you have a, god help us, a timetable :p?

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)

Timetable? BLASPHEMER!!

You could say I've started studying, but not in some major highly structured kinda way. I'm on a surgical block at the moment where there are a lot of breast patients and hernia ops going on.... so what better time to give the ole hernia and breast stuff a going over!!

Most of the time in any hospital you can pick a topic you'd like to go over, ask around, and you'll find a patient, some test results, some x-rays.... all the kind of things you'll need a grasp of to answer questions. While ward rounds can be the most boring things this world has ever come up with, it is also a great way to be able to answer the "how would you manage this patient" questions.

It can be worth it, if you can create any enthusiasm in your classmates, to take your case for the week and turn them into a 10 mark MEQ for other people to answer. That way if say there are 5 of you in a group you each write one question a week about your patient and answer 4.

I'm probably only dreaming....*sigh*

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)

Aaah now can't imagine that ever happening. No-one has the finger out for long enough to get creative like that. Most we're doing is constructively criticising each others (lack of)examination skills. Just organising ECG tutorials and xray-oops i mean radiograph dahling -sessions at the mo. I'm absolutely crap at ECG interp. despite knowing the step-by-step approach blah blah and could do them in my sleep in 3rd year.
Ah well at least it's thursday- the weekend has started.

Thu, Oct. 13th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)

ah HA

I think I can help you there

I shall dig out my "idiot's guide to ECGs" and post it up

What you gonna trade me? :)

Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)

Think i could find it in my heart to post a couple of pharmacology SNQ's for you. If you don't fancy that, maybe could chuck in a "how to use an ophthalmoscope" tutorial woooo!!!! (OK, the trade's not that great but I'm gonna look out a couple of gems to post up...!)
At Inveclyde (blah!) just now so will do it tomorrow.