Thursday, June 7, 2007

A way to make a boards "a bit more interesting"

My proposal:

You should be able to mark whether you were just guessing. If you mark a question as a guess, then if you miss it, you just wouldn't get that point. If you get it right, you get 1 point.

Here's the interesting part. Say you were totally confident you knew the right answer. If you get it right, you'd get...2 points! But whoa now, if you get it get 1 point deducted from your score!

Want to make it even more interesting? Set it up to where if you played it safe and marked guess on every single question, you'd need like a 90% to pass. So you'd have to gamble on the 2-pointers at some point.


In years to come, COMLEX test writers will site this entry as the reason I was never asked to contribute any questions to the boards.

This is your brain on studying too much (much like being on drugs)

A song I wrote today:

"Macaroni and cheese for breakfast...mmm its sooooo good...I don't care its not normally for breakast...b/c its so fucking cheesy and good"

Note the clever rhyme scheme.

"Josh probably thinks I'm high, but I'm not...I've just gone crazy...[pause]...crazy for macaroni & cheese!"

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Best House quote EVER

House: "Now no praying, I don't want Him [God] taking the credit."

House does the test, figures out the problem, saves the day.

House: "One quick operation and you'll be fine."

Patient:"Oh Thank God!"

House:"Don't make me slap you!"

Oh osteopathy

So any of us that are DO students, or friends/significant others of a DO student know this conversation by heart. Yep, I'm talking about how you try to explain to a non-medical person wtf a DO is vs. an MD. My husband was visiting with some friends from the restaurant he worked at in college, and was trying to explain it to them. The conversation went like this:

Neil: Yeah, she's an osteopathic student, she'll be a DO.
Friend: So like a chiropractor?
Neil: Not a doctor who can do that.
Friend: So she's a bone doctor.
Neil: Kinda.
Friend: So what's she going to do? Orthopedics?
Neil: Actually she's thinking either family practice or OB/Gyn
Friend: Wait, so does she like bones or vaginas?
Neil: I guess vaginas.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

How To (Not) Successfully (Not) Fail the USMLE (or not) for D.O.'s

So I took the USMLE earlier today, and I thought I would pass along some tips for how to do as well as I did on test (mind you, score won't come back for six weeks, so I have no idea how I did)

1. Make sure you don't get enough sleep.
I worked really hard at this one. I recommend going to bed earlier starting several nights before the exam, and then toss and turn for a few hours before finally being able to fall asleep. But, be sure to wake up early every morning in hopes that by continually waking up early, you will be tired earlier. This plan should most obviously not be working when the night before the test, you go to bed at 10, toss and turn till eleven, go upstairs and watch 20 minutes of a Dateline show your brother's watching about catching child molesters, go back to bed, and then not actually fall asleep till after 2:38 (specifically).

2. Make sure you have trouble finding the testing facility. (I was really confused as to why building 2 came after buildings 1 and 3.)

3. Make sure you run into someone from your school who's taking step 2 of the COMLEX, and they start telling you how easy the test will be (sweet!), but immediately switch their pep talk to "dude, that's rough" when they find out you're taking the USMLE (ef!)

4. Almost pee your pants everytime you accidentally hit a key on the keyboard (it just takes you forward to the next question.)

But really it wasn't that bad.
Onward to the COMLEX!

Either I love being a doctor...

...or I'll do anything not to study.

I spent a good 40 min today removing a friend's bloody earwax. And I was disappointed when the other ear was okay.