You know you’re a med student when…
- You’re constantly going through anatomy flashcards on the bus, with the person sitting next to you awkwardly trying to look away from what you are studying.
- You look at an ad for a store called “ACE Hardware” and automatically think ACE inhibitors (Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme inhibitor).
- You come out of the anatomy lab after dissection smelling like a mixture of formaldehyde.
- “NAVEL to navel,” “3, 4, 5 keeps the diaphragm alive,” and “I 8 10 Vegan Eggs AATH 12” make perfect sense.
- You scour your email and put into your calendar exact places for free food.
- You go to talks and other events for free food, even if the topics don’t exactly pertain to you.
- On Friday and Saturday nights, you are often found studying while the rest of the world is relaxing.
- You look at small bumps on your veins and think you have thrombosis, or you look at small light-brown spots on your arms and think neurofibromatosis 1.
- “First Aid” is not just a kit filled with medical supplies but rather a book; “Step” is not a part of a staircase but rather a life-turning exam; “Gunner” is not a person who loves to shoot but rather a person who loves to… study.
- “High-yield” facts and “buzzwords” become crucial for passing exams.
- You’re “proud” of the number of Gold Stars you’ve collected off of your Starbucks reward card and use it to measure the amount of studying (and procrastinating) you’ve done.
- You try to make mnemonics for things that totally don’t seem to make sense, but they do when you put them in funny combinations together.
- You look at slingshots sold at toy stores and think IgG antibodies.
- Your white coat is filled with a bazillion things, from white coat clipboards to pens and pencils to penlights, reflex hammers, medical dictionaries (or phones), medical translators, etc.
- You have a gazillion badges for each of the hospitals/clinics you go to.
- Your idea of fun is going to suture lab and practicing stitches (perfect the art!).
- You’ve used a chain saw during anatomy lab.
- You’re incredibly sad if your computer crashes because all of your weeks of notes (or the ones you haven’t backed up) are gone.
- You can’t wait till your tests are over so that you can go back to the rest of your life that you forgot/neglected – catching up on movies, laundry, chores, cooking decent food, getting massages/manicures/pedicures/spa treatments, basketball/football games, or whatever.
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There is definately a lot to know about this issue.
I really like all of the points you made.