Friday, April 11, 2008

Besieged by Reviews

We had a couple of GI path seminars on Wednesday and a really cool pancreatic surgery seminar today. I think I am about the only sucker in my whole class who is still doing the assigned readings for seminars. I brought up something in PBL that I had read in the articles for today's seminar, and I swear the rest of my group was looking at me like I had two heads. It turned out to be good that I had read that article though, because it helped us understand the case. We also had a domestic violence screening communication class on Wednesday. It wasn't bad, but I thought they should have done it about a year ago. I've been doing domestic violence screening on my clinic preceptor's patients since about halfway through last year.

We were supposed to have a Dean's Dinner on Wednesday, but it got cancelled since most of my classmates couldn't go. The first years had their Dean's Dinner last week though, and I got permission to go. As it turns out, my research preceptor was the speaker, so I was glad that I got to be there. I had seen part of his talk before last fall at the conference, but some of it was new.

Today was also the first pathology review session for Step 1. I went to this one, but I don't think I am going to go to any more review sessions. I really didn't get very much out of it, mainly because I have not started studying at all for the boards yet. Being suddenly bombarded by so many review sessions is making me feel a little stressed out and overwhelmed. There are reviews being set up for everything: path, pharm, micro, anatomy, embryo. But right now, I am more worried about getting my summative portfolio done than I am about studying for Step 1. This is the portfolio that will be used by the promotions committee to decide if I am promoted to third year. I feel a little bad about not attending the review sessions, because the faculty are really going out of their way to try to help us prepare for Step 1. I don't want to seem ungrateful. It's just that I am not ready to start studying for Step 1 yet!


Anonymous said...

Everyone feels stressed about boards. That's awesome that your school does so much to help you prepare.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to post some advice about studying for Step 1?

CCLCM Student said...

Yes, I will post some advice after I get my scores back.