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Top 17 questions med students hate to be asked

This is a highly controversial blog post for me.  I’m quite sure all my friends and family have been guilty of asking me one, if not ALL of these at some point.  I don’t mind answering or giving a sarcastic response.  I’m so immune to it, I barely notice how irritated I am when people ask.

1).  When are you done?  You’ve been there forever!
I usually shake my head and give some sort of a half smile.  “Yeah, I have been here forever, I’ll probably never get out of med school, I’m planning to spend the rest of my life as a student.”

2).  Are you EVER going to get married?
Excellent question.  I love when people ask this.  I typically reply with “I sure hope so.”  I’m actually thinking:  “Yes, I’m going to get married, but it will probably be long after you’ve been divorced twice, had six kids and filed bankruptcy, best of luck friend!” 

3).  You’re running out of time.  When will you have kids?
Sometimes when I’m super stressed, I literally just say whatever is on my mind.  One of my friends had the unfortunate experience of this after they asked me this question.  I replied with:  “God willing (pause)… as long as my ovaries don’t rot and fall out of me by the time I get out of med school and hopefully by then I’ll still be able to reproduce, but even then if I’m over the age of 35 there’s a high probability that my kids would have some sort of terrible genetic defect causing them to have mental or physical deficits for the rest of their lives.”  (drops the mike).
oh kim

4).  How will you ever pay off those student loans?  How much debt do you have?
First of all, WHO says crap like this?  Oh yeah that’s right… my friends.  My response:  “I’m planning to have one of my fellow med students surgically remove one of my kidneys so I can sell it on the black market.”

5).  What if you fail?
“If I smack you across the face and no one hears or sees it, is it still considered assault?”
miley eye roll

6).  Where will you work when you’re done?
“I’m not sure, but while you’re at it, do you wanna go ahead and predict oil prices for me and how the housing market is going to fluctuate in the next year or so.  If you could write it down and email it to me, that would be great, thanks.”
oil prices

7).  Are you sure this is what you want to do?
“No not at all, I just simply decided to devote the next X number of years of my life to something that I don’t want to do at all.  Yep, you hit the nail on the head.”

8).  Are you going to be in school forever?
“Yep, it sure feels like it.”
ryan eye roll

9).  Why did you choose to study medicine?
Well at the time it seemed like a good idea, but now I just make jokes to keep from crying.

10).  Why do you want to be a doctor?
Somedays it’s easy to answer this question than others, but typically I just shrug my shoulders and say “I have no earthly idea.”

11).  Why did you forget about my birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby shower, etc?
How do I answer this?  I was studying for exams – surely you’ll be sympathetic to that.  MEH.  Probably not.  

12).  What will you do with all the money you’ll make?
Seriously.  I’m trying to figure out how to buy lunch in an hour with the $2.00 I have in my wallet.  It’s not like I hit the lottery as soon as I’m done with med school, I’m in tons of debt.   sideways eye

13).  When do you start making money?
I always answer this with “Not soon enough.”  Literally, it can’t come soon enough.
make it rain

14).  Where are you?  Why didn’t you like my Facebook post?  Didn’t you see (insert life event) that happened?
I honestly stopped responding to these people.  I don’t know how to respond or what they want me to say and I’m just done trying to please people.  (closes message window).
belle eye roll

15).  (Gives you a bunch of symptoms).  Can you diagnose me?  What do you think I have?
No idea.  You should probably go see a real doctor.

16).  Aren’t you in medical school?  Shouldn’t you know this?  What are they teaching you over there?
So before I dive across the table and strangle this person.  I take a deep breath and give them the stare.

17).  (After they tell you an exorbitantly long story).  I’m so sorry.  Are you in the middle of studying?
Nope, just sitting here painting my nails, nothing important going on.

I know this blog post is full of satire, sarcasm and cynicism.  I personally think it’s hilarious and most med students can probably relate to a lot of what I posted.  Hopefully, no one gets TOO offended.

If I forgot any annoying questions, let me know in the comments below!


My Med School Memory Tricks, Tools & Techniques

Through trial and error I am learning what it takes to run this seemingly never ending marathon race called med school.  I find myself constantly experimenting with new and better ways to understand memorize, and learn material.  Here’s my top list of Medical Memory Tools that helps me pack all the information and retain it in my overtaxed brain.

1).  Medical Mnemonics – this is always a good fall back.  When I have a list or an order that’s essential, I always rely on mnemonic shortcuts.  The great thing is you can create your own or by searching the web you’re likely to find a good one that was created by another med student.
Oh Oh Oh To Touch And Feel A Girl’s Very Soft Hands = Cranial Nerves
Some Say Money Matters But My Brother Says Big Brains Matter More = Sensory/Motor/Both

2). Storytelling – the stranger and funnier it is, the more likely you are to remember it.
When you go to Vegas (CN 10), remember to bring your Jug (Jugular foramen/ internal jugular vein) of wine, your lip Gloss (Glossopharyngeal CN 9) and accessories! (Spinal accessory nerve, CN 11).

3).  Slide Pumping – going through the PowerPoint slides MULTIPLE times to absorb material is a long tedious process, but by meticulously going over them, you discover more and more details you missed.  I utilize the “Rule of Three Views” – Preview – Review – Re-review!

4).  Flashcards – I’ve been using flashcards since I was in grade school.  When I learn a new subject that’s very straight forward, I use flashcards to help me memorize the facts.  It helps me keep the information straight so I don’t get confused on an exam.  Embryology is perfect for this technique!
Front side of the flash card:  What is derived from the uretic bud?Back side of the flash card:  Renal Pelvis, Major Calyx, Minor Calyx, Ureter and Collecting Duct

5).  iPad – this is essential for me, especially for anatomy.  I have several different apps to help me memorize name, location, innervation, arterial supply and venous drainage.  The apps “quiz” me on everything I need to know – especially for lab.
Netter’s Atlas for iPad
Visible Body – Anatomy Atlas
Pocket Anatomy – The Interactive Human Body

6).  White Board – I always use my white board when I need to memorize a process or sequence of events with several complex parts.  I draw the process out multiple times explaining it to myself as I go.  I also add something additional each time I draw it, to make sure I keep expanding what I already know.
Renin – Angiotensin – Aldosterone System
Arterial Flow in the Thorax
Branches of Nerves

7).  Group Study – after I’ve reviewed a topic a few times, I’ll partner up with someone and do a question/answer session to see what I don’t know.  It’s a great way to test knowledge and see where you need to focus.  A lot of times someone may have a good way to remember a topic that you didn’t think of.  Or, they’ll teach you a topic you didn’t know or understand.

8).  Practice Questions – at the end of every chapter, there’s always a section of questions to test your knowledge.  These are perfect because they always test the main concepts brought up in lectures.  I try to do practice questions every night, I’m not always 100%, but they’re practice- that’s how I learn.
BRS Questions – perfect for anatomy

9).  Games – online there are a variety of games that are available to help you improve your understanding of a topic.  This is a good way to relax and learn at the end of the day.

10).  Videos – I am a huge fan of videos.  If I don’t understand something, it helps me learn when I can watch a video.  I primarily use YouTube videos to help me remember clinical correlations.  For some reason, I can always remember patients in the videos and it helps me identify the clinical correlation.
Khan Academy
Shotgun Histology

Memorization has been criticized by those who say that being able to reason is more important than knowing facts.  My response is that of course reasoning is important, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know facts as well. Memorizing facts give you a foundation upon which to reason.  As we study we end up doing both.  In any case, we don’t have a choice.   Memorization is a huge part of the learning process during the first year of med school.

Funny thing about memory . . . I may not be able to remember today’s date but I can remember the name of every bone in the human hand!