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Clinical Foundations of Medicine (CFM) and our psychiatry sequence both seem like distant, beautiful memories! I miss them already! A few things that have happened over our last two sequences and since my last post:

1. I suffered from severe food poisoning and missed fall ball (aka med school prom)! I woke up that day feeling really sick yet pushed myself to attend our CFM evidence-based medicine small group. In retrospect, I should have just stayed in bed because I ended up being sick in the bathroom the entire time and finally asked my instructor if I could be excused. I went home and spent the rest of the night in my pajamas catching up with my DVR and enjoying plenty of red gatorade and crackers. Oh well, there is always next year!

2. After CFM week ended and before psych began, I flew to Puerto Rico for the weekend! I had been there once before, but never had a chance to visit some of the sights, so I finally did this time. I walked around Old San Juan, laid out on the beach, and went to Plaza de las Americas (the mall) for some retail therapy. I was very impressed with the island and their cultural richness! Here are a few pictures from my trip:

Old San Juan

In front of the Fort San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan

Walking around Old San Juan. It remind me so much of the Casco Viejo area of Panama!

3. Last night I finally celebrated Halloween at the annual Phi Rho party! Last year the cardio final kept me away from the festivities, but this year I refused to let an exam keep me away. I finished my psych final at 8:00 p.m., rushed to American Apparel for ideas and something to wear at 8:15 p.m., prepared my awesome kindergartner costume at 10:00 p.m., and walked out the door on my way to the party by 10:30 p.m. I was excited to show off my costume and see what all my friends were wearing as well! Some of my favorite costumes worn by some of my favorite people include: 80s workout queen, Gray’s Anatomy (anatomically drawn onto a dress and worn by Grace.. get it? Oh med school humor), Mexican cowboy, naked chef (ok, so he was only shirtless, but it was crowded in there so I couldn’t see his full costume!), and 1920s flapper. I’ve already started brainstorming costume ideas for next year!

Oh, how I wish I could relive those relaxing 3 weeks of travel and parties (minus the food poisoning), but the time has come to begin neuro! The real fun starts tomorrow! Our neuroscience sequence is rumored to be the most challenging sequence of the pre-clinical years, so I’m anxious to see if it lives up to its fame. Today I picked up my 1,066 page neuro sequence packet – a full 242 pages more than our massive cardiovascular sequence packet – no big deal. Normally when I prepare for an exam, I just study directly from the slides, but with thousands of slides, I may just have to re-vamp my study technique!

The blogging world will probably not hear from me until Thanksgiving when the stress of neuro is finally over and I’m back in my lovely Panama!

Here it goes.. Wish me luck, world!