Sunday, October 4, 2009

Organization Learning

Once again the Jewish holidays Yom Kippur and Sukkot have come around offering a respite in our studies. The extra time off has made life a little more bearable.

Time Management Strategy

When the school year started, I had no idea how much more difficult this year would be in relation to first year. I spend a great deal of my time at school late into the night preparing for exams, quizzes or simply studying recent material. The environment provided there helps to maintain focus, where the home environment can easily become distracted...especially if the refrigerator has been recently stocked.

I have found that spending a little time organizing oneself for a few minutes makes a significant difference when it comes to accomplishing the necessary tasks. It may be a simple check list or a detailed breakdown of how each hour is going to be spent. In any case, time management is critical to our success as medical students. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget to plan in the important things such as family, sleep and exercise. They all have their place and need to be considered into the equation. Thus when the days off come around, there is much rejoicing.

It is important to find what works for you. I break down my material into subject matter and then what I feel can be accomplished with the time I have. Commonly, it is by deadline prioritization - if the due date is coming, it gets top priority. Occasionally, I will complete a task simply because it can be done quickly, thus leaving one less thing on my list to worry about. Whether you make a spreadsheet with all your tasks, create an online task list that can be accessed anywhere or just write it down on an index card, being organized from the start will maximize your time and lower your stress.

Board Prep Question of the Week

An otherwise healthy 10-year-old boy develops blotchy areas of erythema that are pruritic over the skin of his arms, legs, and trunk within an hour every time he eats seafood, followed by diarrhea. These problems abate within a few hours, and physical examination reveals no abnormal findings. Which of the following immunologic abnormalities is he most likely to have?

A. Cell mediated hypersensitivity.
B. Hypergammaglobulinemia
C. Immune complex deposition
D. Localized anaphylaxis
E. Release of complements

Answer & Explanation


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