I thought since I've chilled out all holiday so far (except a little bit of bar work), that I should probably spare a few moments to think of medicine. Not wanting to do something too stressful I decided to make a list of revision topics so that I can make a proper revision timetable.
My list of revision topics spans 17 pages.
I have until the beginning of May to write revision notes for and learn 17 pages worth of topics.
This isn't including OSCE (practical exam) revision.
I got a Kindle for Xmas so I've got even more reason to be distracted.
On the plus side I've booked 4 different revision courses. My bank manager would probably argue when I say this is a positive thing.
I'm going to both the medicine and surgery days from the MDU and Ask Dr Clarke. These should not only fill me with knowledge, but give me a pile of extra notes to revise from too. Apparently they're also partially OSCE orientated, so it'll relieve me of the worry that I'm not going to have the time to revise for OSCE until after writtens.
I need to work out some kind of attainable revision timetable now. There's nothing worse than aiming too high with revision and then getting all disheartened and wanting to quit once I'm a day or two behind. I need to balance this with not aiming too low with revision and sauntering off to the pub after 10 minutes. Oh how I love the pub more than the library.
As anyone who follows me on Twitter (@studentdocdiary) will know, I got into my first choice foundation school. This is a HUGE foundation school, so I now have big thinking to do about which jobs to rank and where.
My family home and my uni home are both within the foundation school. This means I'd like to think I know a fair bit about the area. This isn't necessarily a good thing. I have a lot of preconceived prejudice about some areas.
I've seen one job I really like the look of. It's near my flat so I wouldn't have to move. It's got paeds in it (YAY!), but unfortunately it also has obs and gynae... the only thing that makes me want to faint! On the plus side the FY2 jobs linked to it are either at my home trust (where my Mum died) or in Crapsville. I might go an spend a day visiting Crapsville to see if it really is as bad as I think?!
Again it's been over a week since I blogged. Sorry.
Partly this is due to the rubbish internet connection which frustrates me for hours each day, partly this is just because I am rubbish.
It's been a varied week.
I spent last weekend at home. Well what was left of the weekend after the exam on Saturday. It was surprisingly OK considering I had done no revision. Psych wasn't. I was asked to ilict the first rank symptoms of schizophrenia. Great if I had remembered thought insertion and withdrawl. Oops. I was also annoyed at the ECG station. The examiner was convinced that I had the pads in the wrong place and that v1 and v2 should be in the 2nd intercostal space. Wrong. It's the 4th. I stuck to my guns and was marked down, but then went and checked afterwards. Bloody cheeky cardiology SHO.
Had the results yesterday and I did OK. With no revision I passed all except 2 stations. I didn't pass them as well as I would have liked had I have done revision, but it's allowed me to breath a sigh of relief. I'm clearly not as rubbish as I could be and I can spend the next few months getting things perfected.
The rest of the weekend was spent drinking too many vodka's with the new boy and his mates, at a naked photo shoot (arty, not pornographic) and then battling through the snow back to placement.
I spend the first 2 days of the week ill in bed, and the second 2 working very hard indeed as we seemed to have so much snow no-one could get to work and the poor new fy1 was abandoned to look after over 30 patients on his own.
I have another exam today. Great. On pharmacy and prescribing. Even better. I'm actually dreading it....
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