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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

March 13, 2011: Spring break reflections

Author: Amber Robins

March 13, 2011
Dear Journal,
Wow! I feel so good! You have no idea how great it feels to have just finished yet another course in medical school. This time I finished a 10-week course called Molecules to Cells where we learned about genetics, biochemistry, and embryology. Let me tell you, this class really made me think about babies in a very different way. You would not believe how many times my classmates and I talked about babies. Monday we talked about babies. Tuesday we talked about babies. Wednesday we took a break and talked about engagement rings instead, but Thursday and Friday the baby conversations resumed!
The reason for all this baby talk was because the course focused on genetic disorders and treatments. Everything from Down Syndrome to PKU was discussed. The topics were interesting, but also very scary. We were constantly reminded that women who have children later in life are more likely to have babies with genetic disorders. As future female physicians, I know that I’ll probably have children later in life. Learning that my children have a higher risk of having a disorder can be hard to handle at times.  Hopefully, in my next course we won’t have to talk about the consequences of having children later in life as much. Our next class begins after spring break.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I’m on spring break. You have no idea how good it feels to just be able to sleep in without having to study. It feels GRrrrEAT! I love being home with my family and friends. There is no place like home.
Well, I will definitely let you know what happens when I go back to school, but right now I’m just going to relax and eat some good ole Louisiana crawfish. Life is good!
Future Female Physician On A Mission,
Amber Robins

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