The pharmacology professor did the unthinkable: he used calculus. Also, he spent about 10 minutes on some derivations and antilogs and exponential math.
The near-universal class reaction:
Followed shortly by everyone miming suicidal motions at each other. (My favorite was the guy in front of me who elaborately mimed constructing a rope and hanging himself. Well done, sir.)
And on the other side of the aisle, The Reactions of the Engineering Majors:
Yeah, yeah – laugh it up, guys.
I realize that calculus isn’t exactly the hardest thing in the world, and really, there’s no good reason I shouldn’t be able to just follow along like a good student.
But it’s been 4 years since I took calc, so can you really blame me for forgetting everything but the basic concepts? Anyway, I stopped taking notes and just started flipping through BRS Pharmacology enough to verify that the USMLE writers don’t think I need to know it, and spent the lecture time studying the first chapter of BRS instead.
Call me irresponsible and a future bad doctor, but… at some point, you have to draw a line.