Friday, October 3, 2008

Studying, Studying, Studying

Unsurprisingly, success in medical school requires a great deal of conscientious studying and work. And then some more studying. I am definitely learning a lot, but I'm never quite sure how much of it is sticking at a given time. I guess that just means I need to study more. I sure wish I'd taken some bio above the cellular level, even histology would've been a great asset. In truth, though, I've been distracted the past week and a half by having to do some final edits on my research paper from Waterloo - I'm relieved to say that it's all done now and submitted, and could easily turn into an actual publication.

So all's well - I'm really happy where I am, and aside from my great program, I love Halifax and I really did miss Nova Scotia in my year away. However, I feel the need to make a few complaints as well:
  • The Chinese cuisine available in Halifax, while good, is on the expensive side and lacks the sort of selection I am spoiled with whilst in the GTA. The prices for comparable dishes are half again as much and the portions about half as small - the result, it's about twice as expensive.
  • Was it really necessary that humans have not one, not two, but three circulatory systems? I mean, can't lymph notes just attach right to veins? Whoever came up with that never had to study this stuff. (Of course, I'll admit that the lymphatic system is relatively straightforward, that it follows the venous system, and eventually drains into the junction of the left subclavian and left internal jugular veins. Yes, I'm writing that so I remember it.)
  • Formaldehyde (by itself) is not really the worst smell in the anatomy lab.
  • The lines at Tim Horton's in the morning are totally out of proportion with the quality of their coffee.
  • The nervous system is too complicated. Fortunately we don't need to know all the details just yet.
  • Learning about the limbs is fun, and thorax and (to a lesser extent) abdomen are fairly straightforward. The pelvis is convoluted.
  • I wish I'd taken Latin. Or Greek. Or, better yet, both!
  • I frequently receive upwards of 30 (non-junk) emails per day.
  • South End Halifax is really a very pretty place to live. I suppose that's not really a complaint.


Ladyjutea said...

I crave Chinese food too. I should really explore Chinatown one of these days before it gets too cold. Such a lazy butt. Hehe.

Josh G said...

I seem to remember there being some good stuff in Montreal's little Chinatown.

I need Richmond Court to open a location here.

Kevin Lau said...


I have always wondered about the wisdom in having one's airways directly next to the esophagus. Clearly the choking hazard aspect didn't factor much into the design...

Ben (The Tiger) said...

Halifax is lovely, but yes, its Chinese food leaves much to be desired.

Could be worse -- it could've been like it was when my folks immigrated, when there was nowhere to eat but taverns. (Mind you, I love taverns...)