mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make organized notes.

  1. Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
  2. Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
  3. Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
  4. Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible. 
  5. Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
  6. Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
  7. When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

General tips on how to keep them organized:

  • Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that. 
  • Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
  • Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)

"In quiet moments, when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life, and what isn’t."

— Elder Richard G. Scott (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

thisfuturemd:

OUR SHARED STORY: A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

“What is it that I’m fighting?”

That simple but fundamental question was posed to Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee by a patient who had just been diagnosed with cancer. As he considered the magnitude of the question, Sid realized that we, as a society, had not yet provided an answer.

Thus, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer was born.

Four years after Sid’s biography of cancer became a New York Timesbestseller, I am honored to adapt his Pulitzer Prize-winning book to film. The Story of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event that will chronicle the past, present and future of cancer at a moment of enormous promise in the search for a cure. Our film looks back over thousands of years, from the first documented appearances of the disease, through the many moments of real and false progress, to the much-ballyhooed “War on Cancer” in the 1970’s. At the same time, we delve deeply into the experiences of a set of cancer patients as they undergo their journeys with the disease; and we explore the very latest breakthroughs in treatment and prevention that are creating enormous excitement in the cancer field. (Source)

The film will premiere on PBS in Spring 2015. Click here to learn more about the film and production. Click here to learn more about Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee’s, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make a study schedule.

  1. Make a reference sheet with separate lists for each subject. This reference sheet is used to orient your daily studying.
  2. List the material you need to study for each subject. Be more specific than you would be on a study schedule and make sure you put down everything you need to go over.
  3. On your schedule, highlight the exam dates and deadlines and put down any relevant information.
  4. Using your reference sheet, assign certain material to go through each day.

Scheduling tips

  • If you haven’t been working on study material throughout the semester; schedule days before your study leave to work on study sheets for revision, flash cards, summaries, whatever you use to study. 
  • Take a day to gather your study material before your study leave begins. Like the weekend classes end or so. This will save you a lot of time when you sit down to study every day.
  • Schedule your studying so that you start studying for the last final first, and the first final last. Make sure you start this early enough to give yourself time to revise for the subjects you need to.
  • If you have a day between each of your finals, take the night of the final off and revise for the next exam the day after. If not, take the couple of hours after your exam off then revise for the next one.
  • Schedule the harder/heavier material in a subject first, so that you work on that material when you have more energy.
  • If you’re taking subjects that you have difficulty with, or subjects with a heavy workload; schedule catch up days. However, don’t let that encourage you to slack off. Try to stick to your schedule and only rely on the catch up days if you really need to, and if you don’t; then it’s a day off!
  • Also, schedule days off… a day or if you can’t afford it, half a day. I can’t stress how important it is to take time for yourself, it’ll help you avoid burnout. 

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making study schedules since I started college. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

I’m sorry I’m posting this by the end of the year when a lot of people are already done with exams, but perhaps it’ll be helpful for people taking summer courses now? And also for next year :)

the fight.

docedace:

fight one more round.

when your brain is so tired that you can barely read another word,

fight one more round.

when your eyes are bloodshot and blurry, and you are so weak that you wish your opponent would take you out of your misery,

fight one more round.

remembering that the man who fights one more round is never defeated.

(via thenotquitedoctor)

Happy father’s day and happy birthday! This is my uncle :D

Happy father’s day and happy birthday! This is my uncle :D

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One step closer to my ultimate goal.

One step closer to my ultimate goal.

digiti-minimi:

Officially registered for the PANCE! Three months left - this is the home stretch! I also applied for my temporary license today, which will allow me to start working between graduation and receiving my PANCE results. I am now $780 poorer. Ouch.

Congratulations and good luck on the exam! Can’t wait for my turn :)

digiti-minimi:

Officially registered for the PANCE! Three months left - this is the home stretch! I also applied for my temporary license today, which will allow me to start working between graduation and receiving my PANCE results. I am now $780 poorer. Ouch.

Congratulations and good luck on the exam! Can’t wait for my turn :)