26 May 2016

my study week #12: anatomy

Anatomy is a huge topic - no matter how much you know, there'll always be something more to learn. At least, that's how it feels to me. I've been fairly lucky in that the way anatomy is taught at my medical school means that it is all applied to a clinical setting. You could argue that this causes holes in our learning but so far, I've done okay in the anatomy sections of exams and also on placement when questioned on the anatomy of x or y.

With anatomy, I think it has to be a visual thing - the dissection room definitely helps, plastinated models are also good if you can get access to them and for me, drawing things out with the addition of a bit of colour.

An invaluable tool that has also worked for me are the Netter's anatomy flashcards. Perfect for testing yourself and also visualising things in a two-dimensional way, ready to consolidate your knowledge in theatre/practical sessions.

Do you have any tricks for learning anatomy?

24 May 2016

book: you and me, always by jill mansell

Back at the end of January/beginning of February, I started reading this offering from Jill Mansell. I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and that's precisely this book to the T. I'm happy to report that the novel matches the cover though - it's a sweet book with a cute story.

It always bodes well when a book has a map on the inside of the cover! How dreamy does the village of Stanton Langley look?! When reading this book, Stanton Langley sounds like the type of place I'd love to live in - a place where everyone knows each other but are willing to help each other out when necessary. And it's in the countryside - perfect!

You and Me, Always revolves around Lily - a 25 year old girl who has been through an awful lot in her short life. We're introduced to those around her - Dan, Coral and Patsy being the main ones. Enter Eddie Tessler, a world-famous actor who has girls falling at his feet yet he only has eyes for Lily. Not going to lie - I think I found myself with a crush on him because he just sounded so dreamy!

To begin with, I found the book a bit confusing. Was the main plot about Lily finding out more about her mum or was it about Lily's love life? In spite of all this, it's still a good read and although it was a bit predictable, it's perfect if you're after something that is a feel good, happy book that will keep you reading. It wasn't one that made me super eager to find out what happens next so because of that, I'll give it a 6.5/10.

22 May 2016

my week #214

My penultimate week on geriatrics and exams are now just around the corner (eek!). Revision has kicked up a notch but I still found time to chill out with some friends on Friday evening. It was a lovely evening filled with food, drinks and board games - just my kind of (geeky) night!

How has your week been?