“Welcome to Medical School, Batch 2021.”
“This is just the beginning of your journey to your MD.”
“Taking up medicine is difficult. You have to make lots of sacrifices.”
“You should know how to manage your time well.”
“Prepare for no holidays and no going outs on weekends.”
These are the statements that our mentors and our Ates and Kuyas had been repeatedly telling us all throughout the week. Will it be really that difficult? Will I be able to survive? I still want to have a life, but how?
Basically, this whole week was filled with A LOT of orientation, getting-to-know activities and motivational talks.
This is basically an acquaintance party/team building for the freshman and sophomore prepared by no other than the Medical Student Council, the highest student organization in the College of Medicine. I enjoyed the games and made friends with almost everyone I talked to (introvert self conquered HAHA). Most of them are from big schools like UST, UP, etc. Some aren’t even science majors but still decided to pursue their childhood dream of becoming a doctor. It feels very uncomfortable at first because I was used to be just inside the borders of my comfort zone but getting to work with them I realized they are amazing people. All my expectations were wrong.
“Get A Life, You Know”
On Tuesday morning, we had this what they call PEP Talk wherein selected individuals from the higher years were asked to share their medical school experiences to us. Most of them also gave us some pieces of advice and how-to-survive-medschool-tips.
Among the many words of wisdom they left us, one that I really could not forget is what this 3rd-year student said: Get a life, you know. She is the top of their class but her secret for excellence isn’t study and study and study more. She said that it is possible to live a holistic life even when you are in medical school. Watch movies, go out with friends, do extracurricular activities—as long as the academic aspect isn’t compromised. So, get a life! But make sure to pass the exams!
Small Group Discussions
As a mandate of CHED, medical schools in the country are now implementing the Outcome-Based Learning/Competency-Based Curriculum. This is a self-directed learning wherein the students get to experience what they need to learn and not just absorb everything that the teacher says. It is somewhat the opposite of the traditional way of learning wherein the teachers spoon-feed the students. In this curriculum, the teachers act only as facilitators of learning while the students decide on their own how to learn a certain concept or solve a particular problem. This is best done by having Small Group Discussions where the students are able to share their learnings to one another.
We were oriented about this and some other significant stuffs about the educational system but I won’t elaborate much on that because to be honest, it’s boring (sorry, haha). But necessary.
Medical School Survival, Learning Styles and Time and Stress Management
What I really appreciate about MCU is that they make sure their students are well-prepared and are all sound-minded before they commence on the four-year-life-shattering (nah, that’s exaggerated) journey in medical school.
We had lots of lectures about time and stress management, how to stay motivated, how to study, what’s the best learning style, etc. I enjoyed this sessions a lot because it gave me a practical picture of what my life will look like few days from now (haha). It also redirected my mind-set to the real reason why I am in medical school.
But what really inspired me was the Motivational Talk given by Dr. Didoy Lubaton, a practicing Medical Doctor, Health Mentor and Motivational Speaker. His talk helped me get my life back into perspective. Because of that, I decided to write a separate blog about what I learned from him and what I realized after which you can read on this link.
On Friday, we had this event organized by Medici Omnes Duciens (Medicus) called Balik-Eskwela which is more of a reunion of the alumni of the College of Medicine and the Medicus in particular. Several Doctors from different fields spoke of their experiences both in medical school and in practice. ‘Twas inspiring to know how they were able to overcome the challenges and become successful physicians in the different fields they have chosen. There was one who practiced as a Military Doctor, some were practicing abroad, while others are in the business community.
Well I guess,the whole week was long enough to prepare us for the good times and mostly hard times ahead. For me personally, I was able to see a bigger picture of the medical world. And it’s fair enough to say I am now motivated enough to start this journey.
Thank you, MCU-COM! God bless us, Batch 2021!
Soon to be MD,