You know you’re a second year med student when…

Hayley, Second Year Medical Student

  • You’re out for a walk at 8:30pm and wish a passerby a cheery “good morning!”
  • You diagnose a bush with a cavernous hemangioma.
    Bush with undue proliferation of vessels
  • Your cookie reminds you of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.
    If this cookie was in your blood you’d be having some problems
  • Palm trees may look myelinated.
    Is the palm tree mostly myelinated or demyelinated? That probably says something about your outlook on life.
  • You wake up terrified in the middle of the night because you can’t remember the difference between Orthomyxovirus and Paramyxovirus.
  • All of your Cheetos remind you of tetanospasmin.
    Cheetos are toxic in a different sort of way, I guess.
  • The last voice you hear at night and the first voice you hear in the morning is Dr. Cao’s.
  • Everything green seems like alpha hemolysis on blood agar.
  • When the pastor reads Psalm 23 you think of a penumbra zone of infarct.
  • Your recreational activity is tracing the veins on the back of your boyfriend’s hands.
  • You diagnose every singer on the radio with a personality disorder.

*These things may or may not have happened to me…

I would also like to make a shout-out to my mom. Now, you have to understand that I LOVE my mom’s chocolate cake. Recently I celebrated a birthday and this year marks the SIXTH year in a row that she has mailed me a build-it-yourself home-made chocolate cake for my birthday! Thanks mom! You’re the best!!

All the parts of my cake ready to assemble. Yummmm...

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About Hayley

I am Hayley, a second year medical student at Loma Linda University. I grew up outside of Seattle, in the small cow-dominated town of Carnation which is famous primarily for its breakfast products. I graduated from Wheaton College in 2010 with a degree in biology. When I am not studying (which is not very often) I enjoy running in the dark, eating sushi, doodling on my notes, and climbing to the tops of mountains. Some of the things and people I love include trees, rain, my family, my boyfriend Brian, green tea, grapes, and my friends in the class of 2014. Through this blog, I hope to provide you with a bit of insight on my life as a 2nd year med student; what I am learning, seeing, and realizing as I travel through this year of school.

2 thoughts on “You know you’re a second year med student when…

  1. This whole thing made me smile. I’m a pre-med student and I’m currently cramming for a biochemistry test tomorrow. For this reason I especially got a kick out of the Glc-6-phosphate dehydrogenase. Unfortunately, I tried looking it up in my notes, couldn’t find it and spent several minutes convincing myself it must not be a part of the glycolytic cycle #nerdproblems.

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