I failed my first exam- Update: THANK YOU EVERYONE!

  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    in medical school. I made a 69, 11 points below mean!

    I know this is a small problem compared to others' problems, but I feel terrible. I lied and told everyone I did OK. I studied for this and the material wasn't even that difficult. I've never failed a test before. I've never even below a B. My next exam is in two weeks on head and neck. The class avg falls 2-3 points on this exam. Oh God!

    I have to meet with the lead professor and academic advising now. Ohhhh
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    Sep 01, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    Reality check. Failing is part of life. Good lesson in learning how to pick yourself up and develop a solution. icon_smile.gif Good luck with your second exam.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Sep 01, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidin medical school. I made a 69, 11 points below mean!

    I know this is a small problem compared to others' problems, but I feel terrible. I lied and told everyone I did OK. I studied for this and the material wasn't even that difficult. I've never failed a test before. I've never even below a B. My next exam is in two weeks on head and neck. The class avg falls 2-3 points on this exam. Oh God!

    I have to meet with the lead professor and academic advising now. Ohhhh


    Relax...it's med school. No one does as well as they want on the first exam, in all honesty. Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch...Anyways...Ask to see your test so you can understand what you got wrong, figure out where your lapses in the thought process were - what you can do better to study next time (are you missing points on anatomy, physiology, function, blood supply...whatever)...and just move on from there.
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    Sep 01, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    Huh? YOu're in medical school? And the mean is 80? Wow.. that is a lot higher than at my med school
  • nanidesukedo

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    GreenHopper saidHuh? YOu're in medical school? And the mean is 80? Wow.. that is a lot higher than at my med school


    Really? It depends on the course, but my school runs about 83-85 (but, that's only a pass at my med school and honors is 92+)
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    Sep 01, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    nanidesukedo said
    Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch.


    O you guys had head and neck first as well? Strange, I thought they changed that by now... anyways, yeah, its pretty much the hardest in anatomy
  • nanidesukedo

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    nanidesukedo said
    Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch.


    O you guys had head and neck first as well? Strange, I thought they changed that by now... anyways, yeah, its pretty much the hardest in anatomy


    No, it was our last section...we did musculoskeletal, abdominal and thoracic, and then head and neck (and penis and vajayjay, strangely enough)...but anatomy wasn't our first class either: We started with biochemistry, population medicine and statistics, genetics...and then something else. Anatomy didn't start for us until November...it made the winter that much less fun.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    nanidesukedo said
    commoncoll saidin medical school. I made a 69, 11 points below mean!

    I know this is a small problem compared to others' problems, but I feel terrible. I lied and told everyone I did OK. I studied for this and the material wasn't even that difficult. I've never failed a test before. I've never even below a B. My next exam is in two weeks on head and neck. The class avg falls 2-3 points on this exam. Oh God!

    I have to meet with the lead professor and academic advising now. Ohhhh


    Relax...it's med school. No one does as well as they want on the first exam, in all honesty. Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch...Anyways...Ask to see your test so you can understand what you got wrong, figure out where your lapses in the thought process were - what you can do better to study next time (are you missing points on anatomy, physiology, function, blood supply...whatever)...and just move on from there.

    Yes, it's med school. But what if this is the fist of many? I don't have it (back and posterior neck, thorax, and upper limb) now, 10% of the last exam material will be on the head and neck exam, then we take the NBME final not to mention the USMLE.

    I saw my test after we took it. Embryology killed me! Those congenital heart defects! I swear there were like 16 questions on heart and lungs and their embryology.

    I didn't pay enough attention to detail. In the practical, I would answer the question. But then I would look at the answer choices, and ended up changing my answer. Then they had things like identify gray rami from white rami-WTH? There were a lot of cross sections, I'm terrible at orienting myself on those, even though I studied. There were CT, MRI, and Xrays too. They showed these blobs and then expected me to know that this was the left atrium and not the left ventricle when the right ventricle was anterior.

    I only read my anatomy text book for the last exam. Now I'm going to do some practice questions too. That should help me out more.
  • nanidesukedo

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    commoncoll said
    nanidesukedo said
    commoncoll saidin medical school. I made a 69, 11 points below mean!

    I know this is a small problem compared to others' problems, but I feel terrible. I lied and told everyone I did OK. I studied for this and the material wasn't even that difficult. I've never failed a test before. I've never even below a B. My next exam is in two weeks on head and neck. The class avg falls 2-3 points on this exam. Oh God!

    I have to meet with the lead professor and academic advising now. Ohhhh


    Relax...it's med school. No one does as well as they want on the first exam, in all honesty. Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch...Anyways...Ask to see your test so you can understand what you got wrong, figure out where your lapses in the thought process were - what you can do better to study next time (are you missing points on anatomy, physiology, function, blood supply...whatever)...and just move on from there.

    Yes, it's med school. But what if this is the fist of many? I don't have it (back and posterior neck, thorax, and upper limb) now, 10% of the last exam material will be on the head and neck exam, then we take the NBME final not to mention the USMLE.

    I saw my test after we took it. Embryology killed me! Those congenital heart defects! I swear there were like 16 questions on heart and lungs and their embryology.

    I didn't pay enough attention to detail. In the practical, I would answer the question. But then I would look at the answer choices, and ended up changing my answer. Then they had things like identify gray rami from white rami-WTH? There were a lot of cross sections, I'm terrible at orienting myself on those, even though I studied.

    I only read my anatomy text book for the last exam. Now I'm going to do some practice questions too. That should help me out more.


    Oooh...you have one of those curriculums where your embryology and anatomy sections aren't separated...that sucks lol. Our embryology class grade was part of our overall anatomy class grade, but we just had a whole month course on it on its own after we finished with the cadavers.
  • laxdude25

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    I was at Stanford Business School, and got a 45 on my first Cost Accounting exam. I had never done remotely that badly on any test. And I thought the end of the world was near. I survived, have actually had a great career, family, friends. Life goes on. You'll do great.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:11 AM GMT
    nanidesukedo said
    GreenHopper saidHuh? YOu're in medical school? And the mean is 80? Wow.. that is a lot higher than at my med school


    Really? It depends on the course, but my school runs about 83-85 (but, that's only a pass at my med school and honors is 92+)

    The final class average is around 83-85 at my school-this is pass for us as well. But our honors is 91+. Obviously can't get that now.
  • laxdude25

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    Now I'm confused. Your profile says law school?
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    laxdude25 saidNow I'm confused. Your profile says law school?

    I was going to do JD/MD. JD would have been the first two years followed by 4 of MD, but I changed my mind about the JD.

    I never changed my profile.
    Thanks, it does feel like the end of the world. I haven't even eaten since morning and have to study cranial nerves now.
  • calibro

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    commoncoll said
    laxdude25 saidNow I'm confused. Your profile says law school?

    I was going to do JD/MD. JD would have been the first two years followed by 4 of MD, but I changed my mind about the JD.

    I never changed my profile.
    Thanks, it does feel like the end of the world. I haven't even eaten since morning and have to study cranial nerves now.


    I thought you don't start law school until your third year in the program at Baylor.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    calibro said
    commoncoll said
    laxdude25 saidNow I'm confused. Your profile says law school?

    I was going to do JD/MD. JD would have been the first two years followed by 4 of MD, but I changed my mind about the JD.

    I never changed my profile.
    Thanks, it does feel like the end of the world. I haven't even eaten since morning and have to study cranial nerves now.


    I thought you don't start law school until your third year in the program at Baylor.

    I don't go to Baylor College of Medicine. I did go to Baylor University. I actually still have a choice. I completed one year of law school. I did fine it, but didn't care too much for it. I can still go back and complete the 2nd year if I choose to.
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    Sep 01, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Hang in there; you'll do better on the next one. And if you don't, the next one after that. icon_wink.gif
  • calibro

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    Sep 01, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    commoncoll said
    calibro said
    commoncoll said
    laxdude25 saidNow I'm confused. Your profile says law school?

    I was going to do JD/MD. JD would have been the first two years followed by 4 of MD, but I changed my mind about the JD.

    I never changed my profile.
    Thanks, it does feel like the end of the world. I haven't even eaten since morning and have to study cranial nerves now.


    I thought you don't start law school until your third year in the program at Baylor.

    I don't go to Baylor College of Medicine. I did go to Baylor University. I actually still have a choice. I completed one year of law school. I did fine it, but didn't care too much for it. I can still go back and complete the 2nd year if I choose to.


    so you were doing a dual jd/md, and did your first year at baylor, but somehow you are not part of the dual program? unless you're no longer in waco, that doesn't make any sense (especially because i don't remember there being any medical schools in waco).
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    Sep 01, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    Don't worry, if I remember right USMLE step 1 has very little anatomy.
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    Sep 01, 2011 1:54 AM GMT
    11 points below mean is quite a bit. But it looks like you know what you need to change. Don't worry too much about it. At least 3 or 4 other people failed too.

    Definitely do BRS, Pre-Test, and Lippincott's questions. They also have embryology along with anatomy. Your instructors get inspiration from these too. Read High-Yield as well. But do this after you read your book. Do you use Moore or Grey's? I know Moore has a few questions online. If you don't want to buy them, your library will probably have them too. You can also find links to download them. I have BRS and Pre-Test, if you want, I can send them to you.

    Don't worry about the USMLE. You have your entire second year to worry about it. You need to get better at reading images. Those are very important.

    University of Michigan has an excellent website for anatomy. It has practice questions, which may be too easy, but nonetheless, they are practice.

    You don't need to study extra for the NBME. Your exams will have similar questions. But make sure you do practice questions!

    See if you university has access code for Anatomy.tv. This is great for lab practical.

  • commoncoll

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    Sep 01, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    calibro said
    so you were doing a dual jd/md, and did your first year at baylor, but somehow you are not part of the dual program? unless you're no longer in waco, that doesn't make any sense (especially because i don't remember there being any medical schools in waco).

    I'm not in Waco anymore. I didn't update my profile. I went to Baylor university (Waco) for undergrad.
    I go to another medical school that offers a dual JD/MD. They let me do my first year of law school at Baylor Law School (Waco) because I had my acceptance from Baylor and then went and cried buckets in front of the medical school committee about having no one else to care for my son and all that. Things worked out and they let me do it away from the med school affiliated university especially they didn't have to give me the scholarship this way. I completed the first year. I had good grades, but I really didn't like it and couldn't see myself suffer another year in it. I will probably have to complete it at some point at the current university. I know at least four or five other TX medical schools also offer dual degrees like MBA or MPH/MD, JD/MD, and PhD/MD.
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    commoncoll said
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    commoncoll saidin medical school. I made a 69, 11 points below mean!

    I know this is a small problem compared to others' problems, but I feel terrible. I lied and told everyone I did OK. I studied for this and the material wasn't even that difficult. I've never failed a test before. I've never even below a B. My next exam is in two weeks on head and neck. The class avg falls 2-3 points on this exam. Oh God!

    I have to meet with the lead professor and academic advising now. Ohhhh


    Relax...it's med school. No one does as well as they want on the first exam, in all honesty. Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch...Anyways...Ask to see your test so you can understand what you got wrong, figure out where your lapses in the thought process were - what you can do better to study next time (are you missing points on anatomy, physiology, function, blood supply...whatever)...and just move on from there.

    Yes, it's med school. But what if this is the fist of many? I don't have it (back and posterior neck, thorax, and upper limb) now, 10% of the last exam material will be on the head and neck exam, then we take the NBME final not to mention the USMLE.

    I saw my test after we took it. Embryology killed me! Those congenital heart defects! I swear there were like 16 questions on heart and lungs and their embryology.

    I didn't pay enough attention to detail. In the practical, I would answer the question. But then I would look at the answer choices, and ended up changing my answer. Then they had things like identify gray rami from white rami-WTH? There were a lot of cross sections, I'm terrible at orienting myself on those, even though I studied.

    I only read my anatomy text book for the last exam. Now I'm going to do some practice questions too. That should help me out more.


    Oooh...you have one of those curriculums where your embryology and anatomy sections aren't separated...that sucks lol. Our embryology class grade was part of our overall anatomy class grade, but we just had a whole month course on it on its own after we finished with the cadavers.


    Hmm are you in a Caribbean med school ? Lol, they just implemented the embryo-anatomy fusion down here.. it sucks...

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    carminea said11 points below mean is quite a bit. But it looks like you know what you need to change. Don't worry too much about it. At least 3 or 4 other people failed too.

    Definitely do BRS, Pre-Test, and Lippincott's questions. They also have embryology along with anatomy. Your instructors get inspiration from these too. Read High-Yield as well. But do this after you read your book. Do you use Moore or Grey's? I know Moore has a few questions online. If you don't want to buy them, your library will probably have them too. You can also find links to download them. I have BRS and Pre-Test, if you want, I can send them to you.

    Don't worry about the USMLE. You have your entire second year to worry about it. You need to get better at reading images. Those are very important.

    University of Michigan has an excellent website for anatomy. It has practice questions, which may be too easy, but nonetheless, they are practice.

    You don't need to study extra for the NBME. Your exams will have similar questions. But make sure you do practice questions!

    See if you university has access code for Anatomy.tv. This is great for lab practical.



    How is 80 the mean though? Im less than that and im 20 above mean.. :/ Not to mention an 80 in USMLE is like a 99th percentile
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    nanidesukedo said
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    Also, in all honesty, head and neck is a bitch.


    O you guys had head and neck first as well? Strange, I thought they changed that by now... anyways, yeah, its pretty much the hardest in anatomy


    No, it was our last section...we did musculoskeletal, abdominal and thoracic, and then head and neck (and penis and vajayjay, strangely enough)...but anatomy wasn't our first class either: We started with biochemistry, population medicine and statistics, genetics...and then something else. Anatomy didn't start for us until November...it made the winter that much less fun.


    Huh? But Anatomy is the funnest class of the entire school!!! Wow, population and statistics and genetics before anatomy? Biochem I understand... o well, every place has such a totally different system.. in Holland and Canada I understand they do a body part inside and out, anatomy to pharmacology, and then move on to the next body part
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    carminea saidUniversity of Michigan has an excellent website for anatomy. It has practice questions, which may be too easy, but nonetheless, they are practice.



    I have heard of this.. thanks for remindig me! I need practice and I'm staying far away from Kaplan, way too costly ;/
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    Sep 01, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Try to negotiate with the professor to see if there is anything that you can do to make up your grade during the semester.

    Medical school, or any graduate school, comes as a lot of shock to many ex-undergrads. You're in there because you chose to be, and therefore should be your major burning passion to be there (as are your classmates who are also your competitors). So it's no longer just the brains anymore, but rather how deep your passion runs and how much fuel you have in the tank. If you are still treating it like the college days of cramming everything two days before the exam, it will never, ever work.

    Sorry to sound harsh but as a college professor myself that's what I tell my students all the time.