As you know, after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, I had the opportunity to come back home and finish my first semester of medshool remotely.
Let me tell you, it has been a challenge. Studying at home next to my family is a blessing. No doubt. But I am the kind of student that wakes up, gets ready, and goes to class (with the ocassional day where I need that extra one or two hours of sleep in the morning).
Going to class is my way of actually waking up and getting started with my productive day. It is my way of learning. For all these reasons, I felt that after I had learned how to study for every class (because in medicine it is a thing to study differently for every class), I had to figure it all out all over again.
So my first semester in medschool has been as atypical as it could be and still to this day, a process of adjustments and uncertainty.
For new students:
Medicine will always be difficult. It will always be challenging. Thus why not everybody can and want to become a physician. You need to get ready mentally, emotionally, and even physically (eat well and workout), to get through it in one piece. You can read about my transition to medschool here.
Obviously, I don’t know when things will get back to normal. I don’t know when I will be able to travel back to my school. Nobody knows what will happen at this point. But you might as well get ready to either study at school or remotely.
So this was my experience:
Anatomy lab online🧠– this was probably one of the most radical changes the school had to make. I LOVED going to lab to see the cadavers and actually learn the spatial organization of the organs, vessels, and nerves inside a body instead of in a diagram. In order for us to finish lab, put school sent us a very reliable source of cadaver pictures, quizzes, and videos to learn the body. TAs also helped us alot with tutoring slides and practice questions.
TBLs👥- Team-based learning exercises had to be done using Zoom (like many of you might be using right now too). This was actually nice 😊
Histo lab 🔬– our histo lab assignments had to be done via google drive documents in order for every member of the groups to do their job and quizzes were taken remotely at a specific time.
Exams📝– the exams are probably the most challenging aspect of these changes. Back in school we had our testing center, which had a perfect exam-taking atmosphere (at least for me). Back home, you can’t necessarily control certain aspects of the atmosphere like pets, some noises, internet not working well, and other technical issues.
At the end of it all, I believe that this first semester experience can only make us better and more resilient students. It will also have a strong impact on whether this is what we actually want to do or not. The doctors that are in the frontlines of COVID-19 are what we will become in just a few years. So I believe that above it all, in our case, we should be asking ourselves if this is who we want to become.
I wish you success in your studies and projects.
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
#washyourhands #stayhome #besafe