First month complete and all have to say is… Med school is freaken hard! I didn’t expect it to be easy but for some reason my naive mind thought I’d be able to study on weekends and have fun every night on weekdays after class. I was hoping it would be like undergrad where I only studied the week before the midterms and aced it. Just to remain average (I’m probably below average), I have to study a minimum of 8 hours a day on top of going to lectures, labs and case studies. Everyone is insanely smart and I always feel behind. Right now I’m about a week behind since I didn’t take the first week seriously.
I’ve also been testing many different study strategies over the last two weeks to find which is helping me learn the material the most efficiently. I think I’ve finally found the best method and I’ve picked out my territory in the library which I will live at for the next few years.
As for the culture here in medical school. Australians are really nice but much more relaxed that America. If you go up to someone in the grocery store and ask for their help, they will say “sure one second” finish what they are doing and then come help you once they finish their own task. Also, drivers get the right of way here. If you cross the street, prepared to be hit or honked at if there is a car coming.
Besides the stress of school, I live it here in Brisbane. I have the best roommates who actually make me feel guilty for not studying hard enough and cook me amazing food. Also I have my lovely friends and family who listen to my constant moaning and long rants late in the night (you know who you are and I am infinitely grateful for keeping me sane)
I had so many goals before coming here such as posting youtube tutorials for pre-meds on how to study for the MCAT and documenting my journey in medical school but I absolutely have no time. I think once I finally catch up with everything and have some spare time, I’ll definitely keep my word and post a few videos. Anyways, I just killed about 15 minutes of my studying time writing this. Back to the books!
Recently I’ve been watching a new show “Emily Owens M.D.” I’ve finally hit the realization that I’m actually going to medical school and I’ll be in her shoes in the near future. Normally I don’t take medical shows seriously as they are nothing like real practice. However, her character is so much like me as we both always put our self in awkward, embarrassing situations and I can really relate to her.
After spending over a year literally studying for my life and nearly giving up on medicine, I’ve forgotten the feeling or registering for classes and actually getting ready for school. I am, at this moment, registering for my first semester’s course load and I’ve hit reality. I’m starting to get nervous and my stomach is sinking, yet I am excited. A new chapter of my life is being written.
My course load looks like this:
1. Medical Science 1
2. Clinical Skills 1
3. Ethics & Professional Practice 1
4. Global & Community Medicine 2: Evidence Based Practice
Anyways, lets hope a little nerves are normal.
How your brain likes to be treated at revision time
If you’re a student, you rely on one brain function above all others: memory.
These days, we understand more about the structure of memory than we ever have before, so we can find the best techniques for training your brain to hang on to as much information as possible. The process depends on the brain’s neuroplasticity, its ability to reorganise itself throughout your life by breaking and forming new connections between its billions of cells.
How does it work? Information is transmitted by brain cells called neurons. When you learn something new, a group of neurons activate in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. It’s like a pattern of light bulbs turning on.
Your hippocampus is forced to store many new patterns every day. This increases hugely when you are revising. Provided with the right trigger, the hippocampus should be able to retrieve any pattern. But if it keeps getting new information, the overworked brain might go wrong. That’s what happens when you think you’ve committed a new fact to memory, only to find 15 minutes later that it’s disappeared again.
So what’s the best way to revise? Here are seven top tips to get information into your brain and keep it there.
Crazy mob running towards the stage at Alice Now and Zen
I love Alice events! This is my 4th or 5th consecutive time going and I always have a lot of fun! Nothing like beautiful weather and free food to complete an amazing day.
Grrr… Not sure why tumblr keeps rotating my photos
Woohoo! What a fun day cooking cream puffs with Hermizzle! The pastry part didn’t turn out as the recipe showed but I guess we got close enough. Heres the recipe.
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
*Recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cream-puffs/
How To Cook A Perfect Steak
If you hate cooking or happen to be the laziest person on earth, then cooking steak or any kind of beef is the meal for you. I’ve seen so many people try to do too much to make their expensive cuts of beef taste good by heavy marinating or doing unnatural things which ruins the meat. Here is a quick guide on how to cook steak.
1. Buy Organic. Honestly most organic foods taste the same. You are just paying twice as much for something that is ethically correct and chemical free. However, organic steak tastes completely different from non-organic steak. If you don’t believe me, buy a small cut of each and cook it the exact same with without marinating and taste the difference.
2. Let the steak sit at room temperature before cooking. This is your perfect opportunity to sit on the couch and watch TV while telling your significant other “don’t worry honey, I got dinner tonight!” Equal temperature allows for even cooking.
3. Seasoning. All you need is to sprinkle some salt, pepper and smoked paprika on both sides of the steak and use two fingers and rub olive oil all around. Again, the steak itself has a lot of flavor, all you need are these seasonings to make the outside crispy and savory while the inside remains juicy.
4. Pre-heat the pan. Just like how you pre-heat your oven, pre-heat your pan for about 5 minutes on medium before placing the steak on. This will allow both sides of the steak to cook evenly.
5. Place the steak on the hot pan and grill for 5 minutes on each side by flipping the steak ONLY ONCE (for medium rare for 1.5 inch thick steak). No need to put any olive oil on the pan since the steak should already be saturated and covered evenly. It is critical that you only flip it once to allow both side to get exactly 5 minutes on each side. Add or subtract about 1 minute on both side if you want it more or less rare. Ex. rare= 4 mins on each side, medium= 6 mins on each side. You can also use the finger test for more accurate results.
6. Let it rest on a plate for 5 minutes before eating. More resting… my favorite words. This is probably one of the most important steps to a 5 star steak. You’ll notice that after the 5 minutes, the plate will be saturated in au jus for dipping. This process allows the juice to spread within the steak and for the inside to become more tender.
7. Enjoy and tell your significant other how hard you worked in preparing such a “difficult” meal.
90% of cooking a steak was leaving it alone and sitting on the couch. The only time the steak needs attention is when you take it out of the fridge, season, place on the grill, flip and place on a plate. Less than 5 minutes worth of work. So now that you know the “secret” in a perfect steak, go impress someone with your magnificent “cooking skills.”