All About Med 1: The Block Is Hot

Block Exams Are Coming

I’m 4 weeks into term 1 and I’m about to start study week.  We get 4 weeks of lectures, 1 week to study uninterrupted, and then a block exam.  The block exam is a combined test that covers all the materials from the beginning.  Last week, we had a 35 question formative exam kinda like a “sneak peak” of what our actual block exam will look like.  The formative counts for 2% of our grade and benchmarked where we stood with the material.  I’m glad they gave it to us because it showed me my strengths and weaknesses.  

The first block is a general review of undergraduate material.  There are a few new things, but nothing from left field.  My biggest challenge thus far has been allowing break myself to take a break.  My friend told me that having a glass of wine at night with my notes before bed doesn’t count as personal time.  

Breaks are important

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I use a daily calendar to track my daily activities and my iOS calendar to track my time.  Since this week is study week, I’m about to go “hard in the paint.”  Meaning, this next week is no joke.  Since I understand the benefits of time off, I made sure to schedule some down time.  

I spent the weekend preparing for the week. My meal prep included pot roast, taco salad, ginger chicken, spaghetti and meatballs.  I made the roast and the ginger chicken in the crock pot.  Both are really easy to do.  I’ll post directions when I get more time.  I froze half of the meals so they would last unit the end of the week and beyond.  

Your girl won’t be hungry this week.  On top of meal prepping I went grocery shopping, filled up my gas tank, checked my tires, did my laundry, cleaned my house, changed my sheets, washed my hair, and shaved.  I don’t need any distractions this week.  The plan is to pray, eat, workout, study, and repeat.  Check it out below. 

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The Block Is Hot

Okay, so I know this schedule looks insane.  But, “The Block Is Hot”.  Which is a Lil Wayne’s reference from his hit jam in 1999.  Every time I sit down to study I start singing that song.  LiL Wayne is referencing police on the corner preventing him from participating in discretionary activities.  I’m referencing my professors literally saying it’s my job to “F” you on this exam.  YES!  One of my professors actually said that.  So the block extra hot!

The good news is, I feel comfortable with all of the material.  I need to work on memorizing the small details and cross-referencing topics.  Hopefully things will go in my favor over the upcoming week.  

Weekly Wins

I’m still sticking to my personal goals.  Things haven’t been prefect but I haven’t completely fallen off either.  

  1.  I’m only a few days behind on my daily devotional.
  2. I still work out.  Although the past few weeks has been intermittent (1-3 times per week).  The goal is at least 4.  This week.  I want to workout everyday.  It will help me sleep and it clears my mind.  I need every advantage during study week.  
  3. My diet isn’t terrible.  I’m cooking more than I have been and that’s always better.  
  4. My sleep has been so so.  I need to be more strict with forcing myself to sleep before midnight.  
  5. Blogging fell off.  I trying though.   

If I haven’t completely failed I consider it a win, even if it’s small.  

Check out my article on eating real food and find me on pinterest.

Striving to make practical changes for healthier lifestyle.  

Tiffany Rebekah

St. George’s University

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Maurice Bishop International Airport in the beautiful St. Georges, Grenada.  Local time is 3:08 p.m. and the temperature is 81 degrees.”  I looked out the window and thought to myself, “OMG, I finally made it.  I’m actually here.”  St. George’s University school of Medicine, here I come. 
St. George's University

On September 16, 2015, I received my one and only acceptance letter into St. George’s University Medical School.  Considering this was the only school I applied to I was ecstatic when the letter came.  Why did I only apply to one school?  Well, there are many reasons which I’ll address later.  What I will tell you is that I really wanted to go SGU and I got in.  Yay me!

St George's University Medical School

St. George’s University Medical School is arguably the most respected medical school in the Caribbean.  The school out ranks all other Caribbean medical schools with residencies.  It also has a higher first time pass rate for the USMLE step 1 exam that rival US and Canadian medical schools.  With this type of reputation, I didn’t want to be any where else.

On top of SGU’s outstanding test scores and residency placement the campus is gorgeous.  SGU is located on the beautiful island of Grenada in the West Indies.  How lucky am I to be able to study medicine in such a beautiful place?  I’m so thankful.  

St. George’s University Medical School

St. George's University

St. George's University

St. George's University

St. George's University

St. George's University

My journey took me on many detours before I landed here.  However, all the hard work and studying has paid off.  The admissions committed saw something in me and I’m so thankful St. George’s University decided to take a chance on me.  Many people stress and struggle getting into medical school and when you finally make it the feeling is unparalleled.  

SGU started me in the Charter Foundations Program, aka Foundations to Medicine.  It’s a 6 month program, to prepare you for term 1.  After successful completion of the program you go straight into the school of medicine.  Here I plan to document my journey.  I’ll talk about the ups, the downs and everything I’ve learned.  I’ll even tell you what I’d do different if I could start over.  

Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle.

Tiffany Rebekah