Switching Gears

Last Monday we started a Hematology/Oncology or Hem/Onc. The Friday before we finished Infectious Disease. After a week of Hem/Onc I am beginning to realize how difficult it is going to be to switch between classes so quickly.

You just start to get into a groove, everything is starting to click, then boom you’re done and onto a different course. New professors, new material and a whole new approach to studying.

This last week was hard but I think I’m getting a grip on Hem/Onc. It is more conceptual than ID which means less brute force memorization. This is a change of pace I appreciate. But it is still an adjustment.

Do you readers have any advice on how to adjust to the changing pace of second year?

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  1. My advice is be open-minded and always do a quick outline early on in the block. By the end of medical school, you get pretty good at learning new topics, mainly out of practice.

    But whenever I start a new block, I set out a time schedule of all the topics I would like to cover. A brief cursory reading, followed by in depth details afterwards. Get the big picture down first, the skeleton, and then fill in the small stuff after.

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