TEST WEEK!

One test day down. Three more to go. Then, we will be officially done with 1/8 of our med school journey.

Of course, we all know the journey never really ends. Always more to learn. That’s our mentality now-a-days. In high school and college, it was feasible to master all the material. Now, we no longer memorize each detail before we go to sleep (which would require a superhero since in a one hour of class we could be introduced to over 30 genetic diseases. It’s so easy for the teacher just to flip through a slide with a list of diseases that we have to read up on ourselves.. but I digress). Instead, we put in our study hours and try not to stress too much. We’ve learned that stress can lead to mutations by affecting your alternative splicing. Not good.

However, if you want to get a head and just don’t know what to do with yourself over Christmas Break (We can’t wait!!), then you can start familiarizing yourself to diseases like

  • Achrondroplasia-Autosomal Dominant, FGFR3
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy-X-linked recessive, Gower’s manuever
  • Xeroderma pigmentosa-defect in DNA repair, specifically the thymine dimers that result from UV radiation–remember that from G-Bio?
  • Potter’s sequence-renal agenesis which results in  oligohydramnios and hypoplastic lungs
  • etc. etc. etc. comment us below if you finish these and want more =)

Another fun part of this set of exams is the cardiac and pulmonary sounds. And, Janna thought she had finally escaped the ear training she had to do for piano Certificate of Merits (Anthony’s always had a good ear, so unfair). We’ve attached a few review sheets below showing the cardiac sounds.

Here’s the short list.

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Here’s a bit more detailed list.

Heart sounds

Looks like fun right? Here’s  a musical version.

Musical hearts

Oh, and even if it looks easy, it’s really not. Well, at least we don’t think so.

Ok, we’ll get back to studying… well maybe not now.. but tomorrow morning!

-Janthony

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