As it turned out, the Powers That Be were not trying to be tricky. Everything on the Immunology test was straight from First Aid – so the many hours I spent this weekend learning molecular cascades and memorizing the more obscure interleukins – just in case – weren’t exactly time-efficient.
(But who knows? Maybe I’ll be on a game show someday and they’ll ask me to explain the 2nd messenger cascade behind CTLA-4 inhibition of T-cells, and damn it, I will know the hell out of that answer.)
Also, looking back, I was incredibly vague in my last post. For the title, I should’ve written “Cramming” for a test that doesn’t count is shady business”, instead of studying. (Full disclosure: I actually started studying for Immunology during winter break and got a fair share of “wow, over-study much?” remarks about my over-highlighted and well-worn review book notes. On the bright side, I think I hit a happy medium somewhere.)
Basically, balancing 4 medical classes at once is unbelievably tricky, I don’t know how everybody else manages it, but thank all that is holy that we’re at least now down to 3.
Random link spam: There’s a fascinating and telling post by squid314 about a modern hospital charade that’s like a fairy tale myth come to life. He’s a great medical writer, but he writes about other things as well (he’s internet-famous for a hilarious post he did on history/lazy writing cliches).