Starting off strong & White Coat Ceremony excerpts

Today’s inane image of the day:

They weren’t kidding when they said that we’d delve right into work!

The OUWB School of Medicine charter class of 2015 has officially finished its first day of class — how do we feel? Well, I think I speak for the majority when I say that I am tired. We really started off strong with a Pharmacology lecture [that to our dismay did not contain the Powerpoint slides that we had all studied the night before], went right into physiology, did some serious iClicking in microbiology then ended the day with the Capstone course. I should have taken a picture of my binder of lecture notes… it is definitely has a 1″ stack of papers just for today’s lectures [though, they are printed single-sided].
I had my first minor “freakout” last night when I realized that I was not prepared for our first scheduled assessment in Anatomy on Tuesday. After combing through the Moodle site, I also realized that I did not have the required reading text either and that aided to my anxieties as the night progressed. Fortunately, I conversed with a few of my peers and realized that I was not alone. Today, I happily discovered that our assessment had been pushed to a later date [whew] and that we still had to wait for the textbook to come into the bookstore. Crisis averted.
While I was not expecting our first day of classes to run completely swimmingly, it did go [impressively] smoothly. As I had expected, there was a bit of an uproar because we did not receive course-packs [and the administration was not planning on providing them] and the mere 400 pages per year is not nearly enough to get us more than a week’s worth of lecture slides. Thus, everyone spoke out, and it sounds like we’re trying to get the wheels turning on changing this… somehow. I believe that the original thought was that since each of us were provided with a laptop that they would not need to provide paper copies of anything… but let’s be honest here, it’s a lot harder to read/study from a computer [taking notes, drawing arrows, drawing images… all a lot harder to do electronically]. 
Oh and a great classmate of mine figured out a way for us to stay caffeinated… woohoo!
Anyway, Beaumont Health System so graciously shared some excerpts of our White Coat Ceremony from Friday that I thought I’d pass along to all of my viewers. First off, we have a view of all of us while taking those thousand or so pictures:
Can you find me?

I wasn’t kidding when I said we recited the Declaration of Geneva:
Hey front row people! [We were actually arranged in PRISM mentor groups, not alphabetical order]

It’s kind of exciting to relive Friday’s events… I think these video clips will really come in handy when we’re knee deep in lecture material or exhausted from rotations since they’ll remind us of how bright and excited we were to start medical school.
Congratulations again, class of 2015!