Highlights and Lessons Learned from the Second Month of Medical School

The second block of medical school is complete! We just spent the last 5 weeks learning about lung structure, function,  diseases, diagnoses and treatments, interspersed with a few lectures on clinical method, epidemiology and genetics. My favorite parts of this block were the anatomy and histology labs, and learning how to interpret chest X-rays and CT scans. We also learned the basics of how to perform bedside ultrasound. I love how hands-on the curriculum at my university is!

In mid-October, I had the wonderful opportunity to shadow a pathologist and two pathology residents for half a day and I loved it! The atmosphere was very welcoming and I was allowed to sit in on some cases at the microscope. Fascinating!

During one of my clinical sessions at a private Family practice, I got to perform my very first physical examination on a patient. I was a little nervous at first (especially since I have very cold hands) but the patient was very gracious as I stumbled along trying to figure out how to use my stethoscope and the blood pressure machine.

My final exam on this block was tough but I felt good about it overall. The week before the exam, I started to recognize signs in myself of feeling a little burnt out so I took a break from studying and went for the women’s fellowship at our church during the week. It was so rejuvenating to exercise with the ladies, chat and study the Bible. What I was challenged about most was resuming my daily devotional time with God (particularly first thing in the morning). I have to admit that with the busyness of school and  family, I have not been as consistent with my quiet time. I was reminded how important it is to have daily reflective time alone to recharge and gather my thoughts! Whenever you suspect that your life may be going out of balance, acknowledge it and try to address it as best you can. Medical school is demanding and it’s important to take care of your emotional and spiritual needs too.

The other item that challenged me during the bible study was to reflect on what things I can improve on in my character. There is always room for improvement. For me, the 2 areas I would like to work on are patience (particularly with my children) and humility (it is important to remain teachable, humble and remember that every person is valuable).

As I start Block C of medical school (Circulation), I am so grateful for all that I have learned during the past 2 months! It’s been both challenging and fantastic!

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14 thoughts on “Highlights and Lessons Learned from the Second Month of Medical School

  1. Great writing and you are so right about quiet time. If you can get out into nature, even for a few minutes to clear your head, it’s great. So proud of you.

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  2. Wow! What a nice reflective post Malaika! I begin to appreciate why health professions programs demand that their applicants are well-rounded.

    Also, that rapid pace sure is like “drinking from a firehose!” But, you have the chemical formula to yield a product that your patients will appreciate and respect: a complete physician! 🙂

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      1. Hi Malaika, my favorite course this semester is structured query language (SQL) regarding databases–a fascinating subject with many applications (E-shopping, electronic health record). Also, I’ve been reviewing the pathophysiologic basis for disease. It’s fascinating what the body does to bring about homeostasis!

        Our family is doing fine and our charming children, they’re such joy! That said, a lot of patience is still needed. 🙂

        Have a safe commute and productive week!

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  3. Thanks for being so honest about the areas you feel you need to work on. Sometimes it’s easier just to sit back and pretend that nothing needs fixing because changing can be difficult! God’s blessings in your new block!

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