Hey, remember when I complained about all the random alpha-numeric memorization in pharm? That was cute of me. Next time I try to complain about pharm, maybe I’ll remember how much worse embryology is.
So, right. I’m in trouble right now – the test is on Thursday, and if I took it now, I would fail decisively – not because I haven’t studied enough, but just because I’ve been studying wrong. I spent the bulk of my time trying to understand untestable general concepts – and I didn’t memorize any details, so it turns out that I never magically absorbed that knowledge. And if I had done the practice problems ahead of time, I would’ve realized that those are the details they’re actually testing us on.
In other words: … Damn.
Pharm had a fairly 1:1 correlation between ‘diagnosis’ and ‘appropriate drug class’ – but embryology uses the same 5 signaling cascades for every possible thing that you could ever want to pattern your body for, with no apparent regard for whether these things intuitively go together, which is just unwieldy and ridiculous. You can force yourself to memorize ‘diagnosis – drug’, but it’s hard to write a flashcard for the 200 different developmental pathways FGF is involved in.
After the uncertainty of the first test, I’ve never since felt like I might fail one. But this one will be touch and go. (I have to admit, I still don’t think I’ll fail it – but that’s only because I do my best studying when under pressure, and I’m worried enough to know I can hammer out a marathon day tomorrow. Still, I will need that marathon day.)
Frustrating. Sorry for the whiny post. Here goes.