TGIF–Thank God It’s Fourth—Block!

Normal 0 treacherous false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 “Block 3 determination bring you to your knees”–that’s what we heard the first week of 4th semester.  Could it indeed be that bad?  After favorably fumbling through first semester not well-informed what was really going on, by what mode to study, what to study, at the time that to study, and the constantly shifting schedules, we be possible to make it through anything right?  Right???

Block three was ushered in in successi~ the heels  of Hurricane Gonzalo and left through just as much fury.  Every lifetime from start to finish was like a inner reality in a vortex.  We had ICM 4 every.single.day!  I’m in all probability exaggerating by 1 or 2 days if it be not that it was all the time.  Along with ICM, we also started Pharmacology what one. included separate small group group sessions that last for 2 hours in the afternoon a scarcely any times during the block.

Gonzalo, was a actual life hurricane.  Hurricanes are unwelcome when you live inland in the winds route and worse when you live adhering a coast, but on this small island…ooooh honey!  It was a portion to witness.  Anyway, he managed to ~ out handedly shut down both countries up~ the body this island (French and Dutch sides), and besides importantly delay block 2 exams ~ dint of. 2 days.  Unheard of.  Many were on the outside of utilities for three or more days, in that place was plenty of damage including in greater numbers than 30 sunken boats, boats scamper aground, roofs ripped from buildings, mudslides, and of point of compass flooding.  Even now, 4 weeks later not all services are fully restored.

Here are a hardly any pics of the aftermath of Mr. Gonzalo. 

ICM is a numerous experience.  It teaches us to integrate that which we’ve been learning in classes with patient presentations and physical exam intelligence in order to come up through differential diagnoses for various medical problems.  We fright to really feel like doctors.  But work~ does it suck up a portion of time.  There’s pre-public recital for the small group classes, lectures, interviews by standardized patients, advanced interviewing workshops attached how to handle patients in home violence situations as well as those suffering from early dementia and we expert some additional physical exam skills. Sounds like a hap right? Well, it takes a fortune to be a doctor!  And convinced me, there’s still so abundant more to learn.  My colleague and I beasted the physical exam control-offs, which are graded evals in successi~ how well we performed neurological and musculoskeletal physical exams.  In the midst of whole of this, did I mention we habitually had our other “regular” classes to have in keeping and theoretically keep up with?  It was A LOT of drudge to say the least.

Think you bring forth a pretty good idea of the sort of my family will be subjected to past Christmas break??  I wonder who demise willingly let me practice on them against the ones who I’ll own to do a lot of convincing, hahaha.  I reliance no one comes with real questions for I still don’t really perceive what the heck I’m doing at the same time people!  Hmmm, I’m wondering whither I’ll set up my employment for physical exams.  I digress…

Even with all of the derangement going on, one of the effulgent spots was a visit from my house!!!  One of the perks of active in a place like SXM is that it’s a of the people vacation destination.  My family was put ~ a cruise and they stopped here for the day.  We got to hang out (around the ICM schedule of course) for a few hours.  

The binding selfie….

According to the uppers (students that came face to face with us), Block 3 is the greatest number dreaded block of the entire 5 semesters without interrupti~ the island!!!! Oftentimes, you have to take the sort of the upper semester students say by a grain of salt (or sand) because maybe those were the exams they didn’t fare as well as they hoped.  Maybe those weren’t their preferred subjects of interest.  Maybe it was re-echo material.  It could be put in fear tactics to make you study again and not slack off.   Well, this time about, I’m actually one of those uppers who agrees through the consensus.  All the hype was constant!!  It was a lot of act.  It was a logistical incubus made even more complicated by unusual classes due to hurricane Gonzalo.  At this epigram, we are all running on fumes.  We aren’t putting plenteous effort into our appearance when going to rank–it’s a miracle we fabricate it some days.  But imagine what…The most dreaded block at AUC is at once history!!!! (insert happy dance).  Now that we’ve completed make steady 3 and ICM-the final was today, we have power to get back to the old, slower go at a ~ of “just” going to class. I sorta kinda come short to slap myself for letting that in like manner come out of my mouth.  Who would hold thought that I would look foster to that as much as I did.  Don’t subsist fooled, the “slow” pace is to this time no joke.  I think everyone faculty of volition attest to the fact that in that place never seems to be enough time to go it all done but somehow we manage.  As with everything important, some aspects of our lives are life sacrificed in order to be while disciplined as we need to have existence to get to the next level.

                      

                       Forego the sort of you want now for what you lack most.

Last Tuesday (November 11th) was St. Martin Day.  Something to fare with Columbus claiming this island while Spanish territory back in 1493, which just so happened to be up~ the body Nov 11th, so he named the isle after St. Martin of Tours.  Nov 11th was already a day celebrated in different ways round the word in remembrance of St. Martin.  Around the terraqueous globe, people commemorate St. Martin in dissimilar way– there are often feasts featuring goose or duck, allowance exchanges, music, wine tastings, and children singing and collecting candy from neighbors (uniform to Halloween).  Here in St. Maarten/St. Martin the couple sides of the island alternate years at what time one side or the other hosts the swollen events.  There’s music, dancing, nutriment, and EVERYTHING shuts down so people people can freely enjoy time through their families and head to the rim!  This was the first time I’ve through all ages seen a casino shut down on this account that the day!  We had not on from school…Happy St. Martin Day!!! 

Here are a hardly any pics from the day.

Oh! Guess who’s blog is featured in c~tinuance the school’s website as a especially liked student blog??!!  What an honor! No added pressure there, lol!!!  I randomly place this out when I was browsing the seminary site while checking my student email.  I reliance the future students and visitors who decide to take a peek win a little insight as to the kind of this med school life is veritably like through my eyes and experiences.  You have power to check out other student blogs adhering the AUC Social Media Dashboard. 

I own big goals and even bigger dreams and I waiting under the possibility of fulfilment you do as well.  Whatever your illusion is: put a plan into situation, set measurable realistic goals, and shrink taking the steps  to make your dreams a truth!!  You can do it!  Time is going to do no matter what, so why not act the most of it. The hardest step is the at the outset one, after that, you know you can do it.  Every day in the present state on this island–very far from home, through what seems like endless classes, notes, and studying, brings novel challenges but also a new opportunities since growth & development–academically, professionally, and personally.  I’m doing my most profitably to make every day count.

I ween that’s about all that’s been going forward in my little corner of heaven.  Next thing on the agenda is to delineation our Caribbean Thanksgiving celebration.  I’m judgment a pool party sounds like drollery!!!
 
There are only 26 other days until winter break begins!  Until next time…

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