I went to Baltimore, MD with the other MSFC officers for the Annual National Meeting. We had a blast, met a lot of extremely impressive people, and left feeling recharged and re-inspired. One of my favorite parts about the conference was that we got to take home plastic uteri and IUD insertion kits (Mirena and Paraguard!). You're probably wondering why anyone would be so excited about something like that, but I was so giddy, so judge all you want! My plastic uterus has a very nice home, displayed out in the open on my desk now.
|Manual Vacuum Aspiration On a Papaya|
|Plastic Uterus For IUD Insertion Practice|
|I like this picture, even though almost everyone is blinking|
|They even did the Zoolander underwear trick|
Now back to some school related thoughts. As you may or may not know, the USMLE Step 1 exam (aka "boards") is coming up for me in April. If you don't know about this test, think about the MCAT, but on steroids. Yep, it's like that. At least the material on it is more interesting and relevant to my interests than some of the stuff on the MCAT (i.e. phySUCKS). Anyway, it's a HUGE deal, and the score we get on it determines what kind of residency program we will be able to get into, so it's pretty damn important. I have been dreading boards since we started our first year, but after meeting with one of our student advisors, I am actually feeling ready for it. I'm not excited to devote even more of my precious time to studying, but after the advisor encouraged me, I'm feeling pretty confident that I can rock it if I put in the effort, so I'm feeling pretty ambitious at this point. (I hope this energetic feeling stays for a while!) Now I just need to decide on a date! For some reason April 1 is sticking out for me - we'll see!
That's all for now. Look out for a "2011 Recap" post, and a "2012 Resolutions" post.