Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy



It often amazes me how daunting something can be the first time, and how much easier it becomes the second. Not to say that congenital heart diseases are easy, of course.

Every time I sit in class and the prof chugs through 20 diseases I've never heard of, I freak out quietly. There is no way in hell I will ever know all of this information, I think to myself. 1 hour later it happens again. And again. And again, all day. And then the next day, and the next week, and the next month.

The funny thing is, I just opened my path notebook to study the congenital heart malformations (and yes, I'm blogging rather than commit them to memory), and something about the second time is just... easier. Coarctation of the Aorta? Never heard about it before a week ago, but suddenly it looks a little bit more familiar.

I wonder if the difference is that the first time, I wonder if it will ever end. The parade of diseases never seems to stop. But the second time I see it, I know it DOES stop, because I've sat through the end of the lecture. Maybe deep in the annals of Robbins Pathology there are lists of hundreds of congenital malformations, but we only need to know the most common 15.

I really wish it would stop, though. I've lost most of the excitement I had when I first started med school. Back then I wanted to know everything about how neuro, anatomy, and histology worked. I would spend hours going off on tangents. Now I just want to know how much I need to study for the test, because forcing myself to sit in the library is getting harder and harder to do.

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  1. I’m already there (fed up with this) and i have 4 weeks left of 1st year. Is that a bad sign?

  2. Oh Achary, my NC buddy, you are going to do GREAT things! No worries—you rock tests and you will rock at being a doc. Those little silly details somehow stick in your mind and wait in order for you to use them later!

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