Learnin’ pathways, debatin’ neocons and USMLE’in round the world

USMLE'in round the world

Born in Palatka,  Gator to the core, a hot-headed doctor named Brian Wells, he loves to debate but he loves one thing more – USMLE’in round the world! He studies his biochem, he studies his path, just go and ask him ’bout Brandt-Daroff, if there’s two things he loves  it’s USMLE’in and… USMLE’in round the world! Learnin’ pathways, debatin’ neocons, and USMLE’in round the world!
(to the melody of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-DblXaqQMk)

Well, another week is here which means another set of days of USMLE Step 1 studying. The studying is going ok, it just feels tedious most of the time. Who would have thought that reviewing all the material covered in the first two years of medical school would be so “exciting.” Luckily, I have more than just my First Aid and Kaplan books. I never thought I’d be so glad to see a video lecture or hear Dr. Goljan’s voice after a few straight hours of reading, memorizing, reading, memorizing,… and so on. The “not thinking” part is getting to me because I’m definitely a critical thinking/ideas/concepts person and can think of nothing I dislike more than rote memorization, especially when I know my iPhone is laughing at me because it can “learn” all this information after about 10 seconds of uploading. However, it MUST be done and thus I press on. I’m not one to back away from a challenge but I will say this: I’m sending a cookie to the first person to figure out how to get neurons to interface with silicon chips.

Which brings me to my next topic: iPhone programming. There are LOTS of opportunities out there for mobile medical software that just require doctors and engineers to get together. I’ve got a few myself but right now I don’t have the expertise in objective C. I guess that’s what April and May will need to be for. If I could complete a product and push it out before starting 3rd year, I’ll consider that a huge success. I have the whole thing mapped out in my head, the look of it, the functions, the backend environment, etc. What I’m missing right now is time to really master the iPhone (and ultimately a port to Android).

So that’s where I stand right now. I haven’t written in this thing in a long time so I figured there’s no time like the present. I have my gym workout everyday to which I look forward. Weights and cardio have become a great stress management tool. Speaking of which, since this morning was consumed by Gainesville and my yearly MD checkup, I think the USMLE can afford to wait another hour. To the gym!

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