Let me explain what I mean by "passing." At MSU CHM, the first two years are done Pass / Fail. That means that, as long as you get at least a 75% in each class, you pass. Yeah - it's that hard. We throw ourselves at this material for about 10-14 hours every day of the week, all in an effort to get above a 75%. For most of us (and yes, I'm including myself in this) we do this because even though it doesn't matter to our academic record if we get a 75% or 80% or 95%, it matters to us. So even though I scored enough above the 75%-mark to be comfortable, there was still a little part of me that was pissed that I didn't perform at the same level I was used to in the undergraduate level. I know, I know - I need to think of it as Wife said it. "Honey, this is med school. You passed. That's really, really good."
I guess I'm still convincing myself of that.
In other news, Dr. Abraham Verghese, MD is coming to the Lansing campus to present a World View lecture on Monday, October 8th 7:30pm-9:30pm. I'm very strongly considering attending (I can go for FREE as a med student), but there's just one problem. My electric bike is awesome, but I can't exactly bike from Grand Rapids to Lansing - a distance of 68.2 one-way via the highway. Time to find a med student to carpool with... Anyway, check out the video below if A.) you want a great example of Dr. Verghese's speaking style and story, and B.) you'd like to understand some of what makes me happy and proud to be attending a school that puts such a solid emphasis on training physicians to see patients as more than just malady-carriers in need of a treatment/diagnosis. Enjoy!