Exam Week, as told by Michael Scott

During the first semester of medical school at UAB, students take a course known as “Fundamentals” (sometimes abbreviated as “Fun”… oh, the irony!). The course is intended to be a massive, semester-long building block of the basic sciences that will be needed later.

For most students with biology-related degrees, many of the concepts in Fundamentals are somewhat a review (of course, 4 years of review at once, so not as “fun” as it sounds!) while others are completely new. The course is broken up into 5 “blocks”: biochemistry and bioenergetics, development and anatomic structure, pharmacology and cell biology, pathology/immunology, and microbiology.

Currently, we are in the midst of block 3. Fortunately, I have thus far escaped unharmed and able to laugh at myself every now and then. With the help of Michael Scott gifs and memes, I hope the crazy antics of studying for medical school exams become laughable to our readers as well!

Here’s a typical exam week saga:

 

You begin by trying to understand MEDMap, the online system with assignments and schedules for each medical student.

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You finally figure it out, but then you see your schedule for the next week or two.

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Attempting to stay afloat, you comb through all of the PowerPoints, recorded lectures, and other materials.

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Fortunately, your Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) small group is awesome and they help lead you through Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions and other work.

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The days of studying leading up to the exam are… rough.

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Sometimes, you feel like quitting.

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And it only gets worse when you find out you’re in the earliest possible exam slot.

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But then your studying pays off. You see a passing grade on the screen!

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Then, of course, you realize that this really only means you’ll restart the same cycle tomorrow. 🙂 

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Happy Exam Week to all, and to all a sleepless night!
Emily Hayward, MS-1

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