1st Year in Medical School Survive and Thrive (Part 2)

Hello again!

So from the previous post I made, I described how to prepare your self in case you are planning to enter Medical School. In this part I will bend into few study tips and survival tips as well ๐Ÿค“

Let’s start!

1. Connect with other medical students in and out of the country

This is important in creating connections and possible sources of TRANSES, SAMPLEX, EBOOKS, AND A LOT MORE.

trans is like a reviewer made from the lecture of your prof. High yield trans will be really helpful.

Be nice with these new found friends not just because you’ll get something from them but because these people will be your future co-workers and it is so peaceful to work when you are friends with (almost) anyone. Also, sometimes your professors are or were the professors of your friends from other medical schools and this can help you in many ways.

2. Invest in office equipment

*these are not required but will help you a lot!

  • a continuous-ink printer (it’s up to you which model actually)
  • a ring binder machine (your transes should be kept well)
  • HIGHIGHTERSSSSS
  • pencils (for the lab manual)
  • color pencils
  • clip board

3. Ebooks or actual books?

Since I don’t have money to buy books, ebooks work for me. I just print the chapters I need and bind them. But if you want to buy books, C and E Bookstore (in Q Ave.), UST Bookstore, or Recto will be there for you. There are fb pages offering reprinted books for a lesser price ๐Ÿ™‚

4. Build your confidence

Yeah, cause there will be so many times in your medschool life that you’ll be asked to stand in front for a clinical case report. Mind you that you have to be as snappy as how doctors should be. Old school style of reporting (like reading from the ppt) is not welcome in medschool. This also comes with exploring more how powerpoint presentations work. Know the basics in making a powerpoint presetation (or prezi).

lastly,

5. Think of research problems

hahaha because there will be subjects that requires you to create a thesis workable for a semester.

There could be a lot of things I can share but I guess these are the things that are important in my 1st year experience. I hope this can help you as you prepare โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’–

Good luck, Doc!

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1st Year in Medical School: Survive and Thrive Part 1

Few months ago, I was a hopeful dreamer that bends myself to squeeze in the world of becoming a Physician. I really wanted to enter medicine.

And now, 1st year level is almost over ๐Ÿ˜ can you believe it? well, I got blessed with a partial scholarship from our school that’s why I was able to push through with this and also through the help of my mother. She applied to loan from different government services that she can.

Now, allow me to share to you here the things that you have to take note if you are about to enter medical school.

ready?

Alright, let’s begin!

1. How prepared are you?

Let me break this down to:

A. YOURSELF

See, entering medical school is one of the toughest journeys that you can choose. You have to be prepared fo the gruelling long hours of lectures, countless PPT slides, transes, school works, and of course sleepless nights. It’s like the emotional drama from highschool plus the academic demands from college all over again but times 10. Medial school is no joke. N O J O K E.

B. YOUR FAMILY

Ask your family for a bunch of support specially during the days that you are presently at home but they can’t talk to you because you have to study. You can’t even attend the birthday of your closest relatives because you have to study. Let them know what you are about to go on, so that once you are on the rough roads, you have your fambam to walk with you.

C. IMMEDIATE FRIENDS

This specially goes along with your non-med friends. Yeah you’ve been friends since who knows when, but you are now building yourself to become the doctor you are dreaming to be. Talk to them too, but reassure them that no matter how medschool get in the way of your usual friday gimik, they will still be your friends. Even if you are studying somewhere and they are all catching up.

Also, you’ll definitely have new friends in medschool. But choose wisely. Avoid drama, toxic friends, clingy friends, those type of friends you encountered in highschool! those who likes open forum all the time that instead of reviewing lesson, you review issues in the group๐Ÿ˜‚

D. FINANCES

ka-ching, ka-ching!

When you are in medschool, you most probably don’t have the time to work and earn because your 24 hours won’t be enough for you to finish all the transes you have to master. Use your allowance wisely. Don’t over spend on things you really don’t have to buy like that 3rd starbucks iced coffee you got. Or those sets of sticky notes that you only plan to display on your ig account and not realy use them.

You’ll be hanging around broke for at least 4 more years, so rethink your expenses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are a lot of things I’ve been meaning to share, but I have to cut this till here and continue on my next blog post. We’ll catch ASAP!๐Ÿ˜˜

-end of part 1-

thumbnail photo is from Pinterest

My hanash while in medschool post #1

  1. Sana alam ng mga classmates ko kung paano pahalagahan yung chance na binigay ng parents nila para makapag medicine sila. Kasi sa totoo lang? Naiinggit ako dahil baka isang sem lang ako. Takot na takot akong magstop at bumalik sa dati kong buhay. Kahit may scholarship ako ay di pa rin sapat para mabayaran ng buo yung tuition fee ko for four years. Kaya sana alam nila na may mga kagaya ko na gustong gusto mag aral ng medisina pero di namin kaya. Kung pwede lang at kung gusto na nila himinto ay ako na lang oag aralin ng parents nila eh. Aba! Wala na yatang mas sasaya pa sa balitang yan. Lord, praying pa rin po ako sa provision at yung person na mag ssponsor ng tuition ko. Alam niyo po kung gaano ko kagusto itong ginagawa at gagawin ko pero di ko maiwasan na matakot kahit konti dahil pag walang pera walang tuition tapos po wala na sa medschool. Nakakaiyak. Nakakalumo.
  2. Sana naappreciate nila yung daily allowance nila na di sila namomroblema kung kulang na ba o hindi dahip andiyan si Mom at Dad. Ako kasi kailangan ko mag benta ng puto pao sa canteen para may extra budget. Lord, dumadaing na ako sayo please po. Sana naappreciate nila lahat ng meron sila. Di patas ang buhay.

My West Visayas State University-College of Medicine Experience.

West Visayas State University-College of Medicine is in La Paz, Ilo-ilo. It was one of my dream MedSchools because if I pass there, financial burdens wouldn’t be that much of a concern for my Mom. Why? It has the cheapest tuition fee (or 2nd to the cheapest)!! A couple of years back and the total matriculation falls under the range of 20 to 23,000 pesos per semester (compared to 109,000 to above your roof tf here in Manila) and according to a friend, last year tf was actually free ๐Ÿ˜€ Aside from that, the DOH partnered with WVSUCOM to provide scholarships for the students and this is the DOCTORS TO THE BARRIO program. Wherein the students get to have a scholarship to study medicine, and financial support as well but the catch is, the student should comply with the return service. Oh did I mention that WVSUCOM PLE rating was really impressive?๐Ÿ˜…

Going back to my WVSUCOM experience, I will share to you my journey during my application process, interview and the day that they released the list of accepted students. So please bear with this lengthy entry! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

Application:

  1. Like the usual preparation of requirements, everything has to be ready before I mail my application form to them. I downloaded the form from their website and followed the procedures indicated. Since the school is located in Ilo-ilo, a friend of ours (Hi Sir Perry and Fam!) paid the 400 peso application fee directly to the cashier and sent me the receipt here in Manila. But payment can be done also through bank deposits.
  2. I submitted my application form together with the receipt and other credentials 1st week of February so I can make it in the 1st batch. After three days, I emailed the registrar to follow up if they received my papers.
  3. So now we wait..
  4. The list of 1st batch of applicants for the Interview was released around 2nd week of April. And yeah, I got in for the interview. I was so nervous because I know there was an initial screening done ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  5. I immediately booked a flight since my interview was set on April 27. I was hoping to get a cheaper flight from Cebu Pac but boy, everything was above 4k per trip. So I tried Air Asia and got around 3,900 pesos for a roundtrip ticket.

Interview:

  1. I arrived at Ilo-ilp Airport on April 26 around 4pm. Thanks to Sir Perry and fam again for fetching me from the airport and to the place where I will stay. Since my Mom has a lot of friends in UP Visayas, I got free accommodation in UP High School (thank you, Sir Jules and Ma’am Sydna๐Ÿ˜€)
  2. I woke up (or maybe I wasn’t able to sleep) at 4am and prepared myself for my 9am interview. I was rehersing my answers to the common questions an applicant will hear.
  3. I arrived at the school around 8 to 8:30 AM and there were a lot of students and parents waiting. Most are freshgrads and some are like me, young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‚ Initially, in the list for April 27 interview (because there were 2 sub-batches that were already interviewed; we were arranged alphabetically) has only 80 students. But on that day there were 160 students ๐Ÿ˜‚
  4. There were quite a lot of instructions posted. We have to go to the 2nd floor first for us to fill out 7 pages of basic info sheet, answer a couple of essays and get our name tags. We were divided into 6 groups (surname basis) and we went back to the 1st floor where the rooms were located.
  5. I was included in the 1st seven students to be interviewed in our group. Wew! There were also 7 doctors inside waiting for us. They seemed friendly and welcomed us with warm smiles.
  6. After the introductions the first question was “how can you sell yourself to us?”. So avoiding the “bida-bida” and “bibo kid” in me, I let another bibo kid answer first ahahahaha each of us got a chance to answer and the doctors will ask a follow up question if needed. I think 3 out of 7 lives outside region 6 and this means a lot for a hopeful student residing far from Ilo-ilo because WVSUCOM only gets 20% of the total accepted students from outside region 6. Anyway, other questions asked were “what was your biggest regret in life? And given the chance, what would you do to correct it?”, “who will support your schooling?”, and the craziest was when we were given a situational question about seeing our dad in the cinema with some girl watching Avengers. It brought out answers on how we value the truth and our family. After 30 mins. we were told that we’re done with the interview and we just have to wait for the list of applicants who are accepted for SY 2018-2019.

The dreadful weeks of waiting for the result came out.. and nope, I didn’t make it ๐Ÿ˜… out of 540 applicants for batch 1 (and I’m not sure with the total number of applicants for batch 2) only 120 students were accepted. 80% were from region 6 and the remaining was comprised of students from other regions in the PH.

Honestly, I was really sad because I mentally prepared myself to live there like it will be my first time to be away from my Mom (it’s just the two of us na lang kasi so kinda hard even mag dorm) it will be my first time to live alone. But that’s life, there are more people that are better than me, but it won’t be the sole basis if I can be the best doctor that I aim to be. Time to move forward and check the next opportunity. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Speaking of that, I got a Scholarship from another Medschool here in Manila before I had my WVSUCOM interview so maybe that school is where God will plant me and mold me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sorry for the lengthy post ๐Ÿ˜… It’s never too late for that MD dream as long as you are decided and you want to achieve that despite the hardships included in the package. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค

NMAT 101: Tips and Reminders in taking that Golden Ticket

NMAT season is just about to come and I have here few points to ponder about while you are preparing to ace that test!

Remember that a very impressive NMAT percentile score is your gateway to your dream Medschool. NMAT has two schedules in a year; the first is every March and the second is every October. Usually there are more NMAT takers during October. You have to register online at the CEM’s website then follow the instructions indicated there. You have to read it thoroughly because there are specific instructions that you have to follow.

After your successful registration and payment you will now wait for the room assignment and the test day itself. Of course, you will not wait in vain, you have to armor yourself with all the things that you need to study for the exam. Anyways, NMAT will send you a review material so this can be enough but if you want more resources then you may do so. Some students enroll in a review center so it really depends to you.

NMAT covers 2 parts: Part 1 is for the mental ability and the part 2 covers your academic proficiency. In the Part 1, you have to prepare for Verbal, like word analogy, and reading comprehension. Inductive Reasoning is about tricky figures, letter and number patterns, some of it you never seen before. So practice! Practice! Practice! This part also includes Quantitative Reasoning or simply your Arithmetic skills, algebra, graphs, and questions from different Math topics. Lastly, the Perceptual acuity (my fave!), you have to familiarize your self of the technique that will work best for you to identify what is being ask. There are mirror images, hidden figures, and identical information.

Part 2 as mentioned is about your academic proficiency so those subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Social Science and Physics. My tip to you is to focus more on the subjects that you are not good at or having difficulties with. Expose yourself with questions from those subjects and try to find out why a certain option is not the correct answer.

The exam will be very heavy and can build up pressure in you. This is like your golden ticket in that dream Medschool. In addition, there are few more things that you have to be aware of.

During the test day, the CEM people are now very strict in giving the test. So please take note of these:

  • Don’t bother to bring any type of wrist watch. They will just ask you to remove it.
  • Remove the label in your water bottle.
  • No calculators, other gadgets or CPs guys!
  • You can buy your lunch prior to the start of the test but the guards will not allow you to eat it inside. They will be asking you to leave your food outside the building. What i did was to place my well covered food together with other foods and just leave a mark on the cover so I know that it is mine.
  • Make sure to bring at least 2 valid IDs.
  • Bring a jacket or sweater.
  • Be time sensitive. I know I told you not to bring any wrist watch but you can kindly ask the proctor to remind you in the room how much time if left for you.

I think I said it all but if I missed something you can read other blogs or watch vlogs about NMAT tips. ๐Ÿ™‚

You cannot control the content of the exam but with preparation, prayer and that motivation to start the steps in becoming the doctor you dream to be, I believe that you will ace that test! If you didn’t get the score that you want, you can always take it the next time, plan another strategy (uhm not cheating) and do well in the test.

Good luck future doctor!

Sincerely,

Christine

Medstudent but not yet enrolled hahaha!

UPDATE: Yey! Enrolled na ko! ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you, God for the blessings!

When things should be over.

When things should be overย between that job that kills your potential to be that best employee that you can be, remember how hard you prayed for the employers to set you an interview and hire you. Remember how good it feels to tick off your to-do list while aiming for that career growth. If it is really what you want as a career then give a good sigh and then go on.

When things should be over with that over weight body of yours, then you should be motivated enought to be healthy. Healthy in all aspects of your life. You will be committed in the beauty of discipline in keeping your calorie intake balanced, exercising, avoiding vices, and in choosing healthy thoughts over desastrous ones.

When things should be over with that toxic friend, then cut it off. You don’t need that source of drama in your life. If all he/she sees are issues that are way too petty to begin with then run far away. This is on top of advices if the friendship involves financial dependency. If that “friend” uses you for him/her to borrow money from you and forgets the payment details? Then cut some strings.

Finally,

 

When things should be overย with the one you love, then think again if being apart from him/her would be the best solution. Like if this involves cheating honey, R U N! Or if this is on the verge of physical abuse and other red flags. But if you have issues that you keep on fighting about to the point that all you see is the ugly phase of your love, think quite long. Assess if the issues are worth the time. If you feel that love is the only thing that keeps you together then stay. I personally believe that love is such a powerful drive to change people for the better. That love is a force apart from the wonders of Science that shapes an indivudal to be an infectious source of encouragement, belief, inspiration, forgiveness, and resilience. If choosing that person over and over again is the best part of the day, then hold on. If you lose the illusion of that person to be the perfect-the-one and all you see are fragments of broken self, then be gentle in picking him/her beacuse you might get wounded too. Help in rebuilding. Nurture in healing. Stretch every ounce of patience that you have because one day, it will all make sense. One day, that person will thank you for staying and for being his/her best support through all the things you both went through . Stay. Please stay and always choose the proper action for the ‘I love you’ that always tell him/her about.

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ang aking gunita’y mula’t kahit hindi pa handa. 

Nagigising sa mga patak ng luha

na akala ko’y tapos nang madama.

Mga bagahi ng puso’y nagkalat sa kama, 

pagpulot ‘di alam pa’no magsisimula.

Tuwing alas kwarto nang umaga,

bumubuhos ang iyong mga ala-ala.