Monday, July 2, 2007


"Shut up!"

Sorry. It's reflexive. Let me try to explain.

Imagine. You are in medical school, which means that you are probably a bit high-strung and anal retentive. You are under intense pressure to learn (i.e., memorize) a million facts about human histology, physiology, embryology, anatomy, etc., every 2-3 weeks. You are presented with this information during 50-minute lectures five times a day, five days a week, for approximately 40 weeks. It's a terribly fast pace so you try to pay attention and jot notes as the professor flips through their 100-slide presentation. If they don't get through the whole presentation, it is up to you to go over it yourself at a later time (yeah, good luck). This is why questions should be asked sparingly and only to clarify key points or discrepancies. Three of my classmates, however, felt compelled to ask at least three asinine questions during each lecture hour.

"Question! You just said that blood enters the right side of the heart, so does that mean that blood enters the right side of the heart?"

"Question! You keep saying 'intracellular' and 'extracellular'. . . does that mean 'inside' and 'outside' the cell?"

"Question! My friend has long legs and a short torso, so does that mean they have Klinefelter syndrome?"

"Question! --"


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