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The Daytime Drama Award Goes to … Me!

Kendracampbell472x721Kendra Campbell -- Excuse me for a moment everyone while I take a few seconds to freak out. The last semester of basic science instruction is HARD! It seems like there is almost double the material from last semester. We have a million clinical procedures to learn. The questions are all clinical vignettes (no easy primary questions). Our professors expect us to actually remember stuff from our previous classes (gasp -- the nerve of them!). And we’re expected to take an exam at the end of this semester, which will allow us to sit for the USMLE Step 1. If we don’t pass it, we can’t sit for the exam.

In addition to this overwhelming amount of academic stuff, I am the president of an organization, I’m volunteering at a local school, I write for this blog (as well as my personal blog), I’m in a Scholars program (which requires MORE work, and a much larger time commitment than the standard program), and I have approximately a million other things to do.

I’m seriously freaking out right now. I haven’t freaked out like this since the first week of med school! I’m going to die! AHHHHH!

Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled program. I feel much better now.

I’m realizing that I might have piled my plate a little too high for this semester. My time has become quite a precious commodity -- even more so than before. I like to consider myself to be very good at time management. It’s a skill that has served me well in med school. Many people have asked me how I manage to accomplish all the things I do in a day, and I’ve always chalked it up to good planning, and the ability to manage my time. However, right now I’m wondering if my abilities are starting to fail me.

Has Kendra bit off more than she can masticate this time? Will she find out that in her pursuit of achievement, she’s pushed herself too far? Will she even be able to make it to her first examination without losing her mind? You’ll have to stay tuned to find out. To be continued…

September 12, 2007 in Kendra Campbell | Permalink


Remember in times like these, fiber is your friend. Helps to cut down on the length of those annoying little disturbances in life known as basic bodily functions.



Posted by: Jared | Sep 12, 2007 10:20:16 AM


I would step down as president and reduce my volunteer time to 1/2 of what it is now. People do not learn well with high cortisol levels. Take care of the doctor, so the doctor is still able to take care of others well.

Take care,


Posted by: Castillonis | Sep 13, 2007 11:34:03 PM

dear Kendra,
i believe in something saying that any one love his\her work, he\she will be able to carry out all of this work easily and comfortably, even it is so hard as you disscused. I like learning, reading, working in Lab but my actual working is wasted in a stubid papers must be filled to be taken away, by the way iam working as a staff member at Cairo university, So i consider you as a lucky one for your practical work. i love that but i could not make it, because of limited budget ofcourse, so go ahead in your work, love it, be relaxed and iam sure that you can make it, but with a little patience.

with my best wishes

Posted by: mona | Sep 19, 2007 2:58:39 PM

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