Posted March 9, 2011 by
There’s nothing like a massive physiology exam that sucks all the words and thoughts out of you. They’re somewhere inside my brain, but the nuances of respiratory/cardiology/renal/GI/endocrinology keep rising to the top. That, and the desire to nap for the umpteenth time today.
I believe this is the first course that has broken the barrier between student and student-doctor. It’s not biochemistry, or anatomy, or epidemiology, or health policy–it’s medicine. The nuts and bolts of how our bodies function. The exquisite mechanisms our organs and cells use just to stay normal. Integration. Complexity. Regulation. Secretion, absorption, growth, flow. Feats of chemistry, physics, engineering (premed requirements make a cameo!). How we can meddle with it all when something goes awry.
It’s fascinating how far research has come in explaining how everything works–and still, how much is conjecture, yet to be elucidated via a precise pathway or even concept. It is humbling to learn about the big picture… but frustrating to study the pixels.
We’ve covered a textbook’s worth of physiology content in just over a month. Some sticks, some bounces away. Thank goodness they tell us we’ll re-learn this in future classes, and on the wards as well. My brain’s RAM is nearly maxed right now. The last few days have been mundane–hanging on by a thread to pass that next exam. I suspect I’m not alone, but others seem to be hiding it well.
As one of my classmates said, “Med school just got real.”