Studying Medicine

You Think You Know…

In our first year, we had a professor who always used to say this:

It drove us nuts. She had a tendency to be pretty rude to students, but she was scary too, so we never openly challenged her. But I think this quote of hers largely contributed to many of us not grasping her subject (although most students argue that it wasn’t such an important class, I still wish I understood more of it).

Thing is, the running joke in our class now (four years later) is that the further we get with our studies, the truer the statement becomes.

Last week’s Clinical Skills OSCE was such an example. You practise in the lab for hours, and then again on computer systems after the lab has closed, and then you walk into the OSCE and things come flying at you from nowhere.

Or you get pimped in a ward round on a subject you think you understand, and suddenly there are three extra textbooks’ worth of information on this single topic.

We used to swear that the long-ago professor made no sense. But maybe she did.

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2 thoughts on “You Think You Know…”

  1. Hi Barefoot Medical Student!,

    We are students at Temple University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who have a deep interest in medical education, which is what attracted us to your blog. We appreciate your thoughts because there are so many ways med ed can be improved upon. As a medical student you probably agree.

    One of the ways we’re working to do so is through a medical education app called Osmosis that close to 5,000 medical students across the nation have signed up for (http://invite.osmosis.org). Our goal is not only to provide medical students a free or low-cost alternative to the really expensive question banks they currently rely on, but also to deliver these questions via a novel mobile app that pushes out questions for review.

    It would be great to speak with you about this and other areas of medical education. Please let us know if you’re interested in having a brainstorm session. We’d also be happy to give you early access to the app to check it out.

    Thanks!
    Brandon Scott
    Temple University

    Shiv Gaglani
    MSII, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    shiv@osmosis.org

    1. Hi Brandon,
      your proposal sounds amazing. Just know that I am in South Africa so if we were to brainstorm, it would have to be via Skype or such. Also, we don’t do USMLE as a rule and don’t really have question banks… but I think our students would use a question bank if it were available!
      It’s wonderful to hear from you! I’ll send you an email soonest.

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