Saturday, March 10, 2007

Medical School Nerd Scale

(I borrowed this from this website)

The following scale has been developed in close cooperation with the UVA psychiatry services (Well at least I was thinking of some of their characteristics and used some of their class time to compose it). It is designed to test if you have spent too much time in medical school and whether you are having adverse side effects due to prolonged exposure.
Score one point for each statement that applies to you. [My answers are in bold]

1 You have ever said "Netter is god".
2 You can discuss autopsy/ anatomy over a meal
3 You own a 4 color pen
4 -it just isn't enough colors for you
5 You use more than one color to take notes
6 You have use up more than 6 highlighters in the past 6 months
7 you have ever highlighted something YOU wrote
8 you retype handouts given in class
9 you haven't had a date in 3 months
10 you haven't had a date since entering med school *[I was engaged/married, so it didn't matter]
11 you have not been able to remember the normal term for something because you were thinking of the medical term (ie reflux for heartburn)
12 You get more sleep in lecture than at home
13 You know the correct spelling for pruritus
14 - you also know what it means
15 You have ever asked a question in class *see below
16 - The prof. didn't understand the question*
17 - you didn't believe the answer the prof. gave*
18 - you went to look it up to see if they were right*
19 You can't hold a conversation on anything other than med school
20 You skip class to study
21 You've said you didn't do well on a test on which you beat the mean
22 You spend more than 15 hrs a week on e-mail
23 You have a callus on your finger from writing
24 More than one professor knows you by name
25 When you ask a question, a new professor has said "Oh, I've heard of you"
26 You can name more amino acids than past presidents
27 You use more than 5 acronyms an hour when talking
28 you actually know what PERRLA stands for
29 You know all the steps of the TCA cycle
30 You do not read PTA as parent teachers association
31 You can remember the muscles in the forearm
32 You know the structures in the urea cycle
33 You know the dermatome distribution
34 You can't remember what you had for breakfast
35 You can't spell world, much less backwards *[Only because I'm a spelling geek; I definitely fail other parts of the MMSE: the only way I know today's date is to look at my watch]
36 You've ever been sexually aroused by the breast shadow on an X ray
37 You equate "morning stiffness" with Rheumatoid Arthritis
38 You actually know normal values for plasma Na
39 -K
40 Missing class causes you extreme stress
41 You have seriously asked someone "So how does that make you feel?"
42 You have asked will this be on the exam
43 -Just after the prof. said it wouldn't
44 You identify with Deb on E.R.
45 You have made a medical joke
46 -no one laughed
47 -You figure they just weren't that far in their studying
48 You wear your stethoscope around your neck on the bus
49 - you don't even know which way the thing goes in your ears
50 "SOB" means short of breath to you
51 You have gone to student health with suspicion of a disease you have studied
52 -within 3 days of the lecture
53 You have answered a question in class
54 -asked by the professor
55 -it was a rhetorical question
56 You can quote lines from the movie "Malice"
57 -you believe them
58 You can flip your pen over your thumb
59 - with both hands
60 - you do so throughout class
61 You have corrected a professor in class *
62 -the rest of the class didn't understand the lecture to begin with
63 You know how to calculate specificity
64 -positive predictive value
65 - anion gap
66 -you can't balance your checkbook
67 You don't know what the weather was like for the past week
68 You don't know what the weather is like right now
69 You actually talk in open ended questions
70 DIC isn't a slang term for the penis in your book
71 You think B- is a bad grade
72 you have stressed about a pass/fail class
73 You study during most of your meals
74 You saw nothing abnormal about the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
75 You draw all of the slides not already provided in the handouts
76 -including the cartoons (humorous type)
77 Anatomy makes you hungry
78 You would even consider saying "Ease back on my finger at your own pace"
79 You know the size of a RBC
80 - you don't know the size of a football field [I was a marching band geek]
81 Your eyesight has worsened by 10 pts or more in the last year
82 You have the library hours memorized *
83 You have your own seat in the library
84 You score more than 95 on the Epidemiology final
85 You own more than one white coat *[I wish I did, mine is no longer white]
86 You have debated between giving up sleep or eating in order to find more time to study
87 You started studying for boards more than 2 months in advance
88 You have never received a personal invitation to discuss your grades with the dean
89 A tie is the only addition necessary to what you normally wear when you go to see patients
90 You wear scrubs to tests
91 You have made plans to study on a beach during vacation [Insert "mountain" for "beach"]
92 - you actually did
93 You have a designated seat in lecture
94 - You have ever asked someone to move from "your seat"
95 You sleep less than 4 hrs a night
96 -you think that is plenty
97 -you have thought about cutting back
98 You study more than 35 hrs outside of class [especially during 1st-2nd year]
99 -you think you are a slackard
100 You think everyone answers yes to most of these questions

<20>seƱor doctor"
35-45 Gotta love that Primary Care
45-60 Well, I never really thought about MD/Phd, but now that you mention it...
60-75 Your social life is shot, might as well try to earn lots of money (I got 62)
75-90 Which surgery subspecialty did you say you liked?
90 All hail, great Med School Nerd master.
There were a few more I considered counting. Like, I doubt I would have dated much in med school if I had been single, for lack of time. I've never corrected a professor in a first or second year course (except the one that said "you, sir in the back"--I did holler "I'm female"), but I've probably corrected attendings on wards, and I KNOW I've asked attendings questions, didn't believe their answer, and looked it up myself later. I didn't have the library hours memorized, because I didn't study in the library. The library at my school is open 24 hours, and I often studied at a 24-hour coffee shop. If I add these points, it's 9 more, putting me at 71. Man, med school will screw you up!


The Peanut Gallery said...

I didn't count how many I had, but I think it is probably "senor doctor" level or Primary Care at best. I never really got into the first two years of medical school. I might copy and paste the quiz onto my blog and highlight my answers.

frectis said...

Yikes, what does it mean if some of these things are in MY life and I'm not a med student?! Maybe if I could figure out math I could be!

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