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Amber Robins: Diary of a Med Student

May 15, 2011: Whirlwind of a week!

Author: Amber Robins

May 15, 2011

Dear Journal,  
Wow! This week has absolutely been a whirlwind; so many things to do with so little time.  Thank goodness that all the tests, assignments, and events turned out just fine.   
The beginning of the week began with two tests in the areas of Parasitology and in our Primary Care Clerkship. The Parasitology test went well. I must admit that learning about all of the worms and protozoan really has changed my view of the world. It kind of freaked me out. Although the information was very interesting, I know that some things that I learned will being go to the back of my mind in order for me to function on a daily basis. The other examination of the week was that of Primary Care Clerkship. This was an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) where each first-year medical student interviewed two “standardized patients” and were recorded. Remember that “standardized patients” are really actors who were given a role for each interview. All of the interviews were rooted in the topic of prevention in medicine.   
Along with all of the tests, commencement was this week for our fourth-years at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. As you can imagine, the week was very busy because of it. Our Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted a banquet for the fourth-years and the event turned out wonderful. It was very inspirational to all underclassmen. It was amazing to hear the many trials and triumphs each and every fourth-year went through in order to get to where they are today. I did not hear anyone say, “Medical School was a breeze. It came naturally to me.” No, that was not the case. There were, however, many testaments of endurance, strength, weak moments, love, friendship, growth, sacrifice, and so much more. 
Class of 2011, if you’re reading this, please know how proud I am of all of you. You all truly mean a lot to me and have definitely helped me get through this year. I know each of you will do great in your residencies and will be extraordinary physicians.
Wait, there’s one more event that we had this week! (I did tell you that it was a very busy week, didn’t I?) On Friday, we had our first-year class play which featured many of my classmates as well as myself. It was hilarious! We had several skits and videos that gave a great reflection of my class. This was definitely an excellent event with an extraordinary turn out. I really love the class of 2014.  
Well, those were all the events for the week. I told you that it was a lot. I am just glad that I made it through the week.   
Amber Robins, MS1

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