For Preclinical students, the final days are a rollercoaster of emotions, just as much as the early days. On one hand, you’re looking forward to the next step. On the other hand, you can’t help but feel anxious about what’s to come.
As the end finally arrived, we asked the outgoing Preclinical students the following questions:
📍How do you feel about rounding off this phase in your med school journey? (+ a summary of your overall Preclinical experience.)
📍What part of Preclinicals did you enjoy the most or will you miss the most?
📍What part of Preclinical was the hardest for you 200L or 300L?
📍If given a choice, which would you pick? Practical exams or Viva exams?/ And can you share your worst viva experience so far?
📍What are looking you forward to in Clinicals?
Read their responses below👇👇👇👇
I can’t wait to get to the hospital environment, start clerking patients, going for postings.Anonymous
- My overall experience was exhilarating really. Preclinical has been a long ride. Blame it on COVID and ASUU. But I’m glad it’s over🥳🥳. I’ve seen different shades and grades of shege😂😂. My preclinical experience?? Omo🥺. It’s been an eye-opener although I love every experience that came with it.
2. Cadaver dissections?? Just kidding. The fact that it’s less stressful compared to clinical?? And yeah, I’ll miss seeing my buddies every moment.
3. 300 L??
4. Practical exams please😃.
Worst viva experience? I don’t think I have any😌. Not that I’m good or anything, but I’ve just been lucky😌. Yeah, luckiest kid on the block😂😂
5. Omo, definitely not the stress😩. But I can’t wait to get to the hospital environment, start clerking patients, going for postings🥰. Might regret saying this later, but yeah I look forward to experiencing every one of those things😃.
My worst Viva experience? I guess getting flustered in front of my Viva lecturer. I keep thinking back to it and cringing so bad.Gloria Omoike
1.To be honest, I thought I would be very blasé about it. I just wanted to write it and be done with it. But I’m actually so excited.
Preclinicals always felt like an extension of my secondary school and Jupeb. Just read and pass. And the incessant breaks didn’t help at all lol. It’s kind of crazy that it’s over but I’m happy I’m done with it.
2. Ohhh the free time. I miss just having a lot of time on my hands. I talk with a couple of senior colleagues and I know my free time is over😭😭. I’ll also miss seeing my classmates. I really love my classmates and I guess with postings and whatnot, we won’t be able to see them as often as in part 3. Also, it doesn’t help that we didn’t see much during part 2 because of online classes.
3. Hmmmmmmmmm. As for workload, part 2. I guess because I was new and getting used to how things run in college. But emotionally/mentally, I really saw things in part 3😂😂
4. For physio, I’ll pick Viva.
Bch has given me no choice 💀
My worst Viva experience? I guess getting flustered in front of my Viva lecturer. I keep thinking back to it and cringing so bad.
5. Mmm, I guess getting immersed in medicine. I really hope I can grow to love it fiercely as I see some of my peers do. I’m so envious of their dedication and I hope to work on that. I’m actually also looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and having a strict schedule (I love me a schedule ❤️)
I didn’t really have a hard time adjusting to any of the classes but like I said earlier, reconciling some of the scores and the efforts put in was really tough regardless of the level.Yahaya Isah
1. It’s been rough. I mean, trying to reconcile scores and efforts put into the mental instability it brings and all sorts. It’s been one heck of a journey and to think one is just starting…
2. For me, it’d be Physiology lectures or reading its topics. It was the most enjoyable part of my Preclinical years and maybe I’ll miss this a bit.
3. I didn’t really have a hard time adjusting to any of the classes but like I said earlier, reconciling some of the scores and the efforts put in was really tough regardless of the level.
4. Practical exams for BCH and Physio 😂. Hmmm! The worst Viva experience would be for Physiology in 200L when I was first asked a series of questions which I answered and was about to leave when the lecturer asked if I had read his book and I went ahead to say I looked forward to doing so, and then he sat me down again. A series of other questions followed which I didn’t really do well answering and then he said, “So if I asked you these questions first, you wouldn’t have been able to answer them” 😂
5. Well, I know it doesn’t get easier from here but I hope clinicians would treat us better.
What I think I will miss the most is laughing in class. I think we had some funny lecturers which I really loved.Adebayo Olusola
1.I honestly feel really excited about rounding off this phase. It’s been a long time coming, I mean, we were delayed for almost two years and so it feels good to finally be ending this phase of my medical school journey.
Summary: Coming into preclinical 1 (200level), I knew it was going to be hard but I didn’t know it was going to be ‘this hard’. I do say that our seniors did not hype it enough for us, I mean how hard it was. But then I think it’s just that it’s not something you can explain, you have to experience it first-hand to understand.
2. What I think I will miss the most is laughing in class. I think we had some funny lecturers which I really loved.
4. Practical exams; just because I think viva exams are less predictable.
I’ve not really had a ‘worst’ viva experience, but if I were to pick one, it would be in 200-level physio viva. The first question I was asked was ‘functions of lysosomes’, it took me a minute or so to boot and search through all the letter L’s in my physiology jargon dictionary before I finally landed and then realized that lysosomes were from cells 😂. Even after this, I couldn’t really put into words the functions of lysosomes. You know that feeling when you know something but don’t know how to say it. I believe after that, I answered all the other questions really well but then you know what they say about first impression.
5. Being able to finally do more practical learning in the hospital instead of the theoretical work we did mostly in preclinical.
Preclinical for me was tough, ngl, especially preclinical 1. Everything I was doing wasn’t just working out, evidence no dey at all. I explain tire ehn…Olateju Iyanu
1.I feel happy and excited that this phase that started in 2020 but officially started in 2021 for me is almost over (95% over)
Preclinical for me was tough, ngl, especially preclinical 1. Everything I was doing wasn’t just working out, evidence of no day at all. I explain tire ehn… But at the end, I made it to preclinical 2 which was much better. I was not the sad guy that kept a happy face any longer. I was genuinely happy.
2. Let’s go with the part I’ll miss the most. It’s definitely going to be the casual dressing. You fit just show come class with shorts or sneakers or a round neck. Them comfy wears, damn. Buh everything it’s going to change in Clinicals, everyday ties and shoes.😪
3. Preclinical 1 was the hardest for me. I failed and failed and failed. I think I only passed l in-course out of 7. Crazy times. E reach make person ment😭. Coupled with you know, new courses that I’ve not done before, new classmates…
4. Omo, na Viva oo. I like Viva only because you have to dress coporate. I’m always more prepared for the dressing than the viva itself gan🤣. Na like fashion show for me and I love to drip even if I no get stuff.
“Viva is temporary, drip is forever.” -Abraham Lincoln, 1887.
I’ve actually not had any worst Viva experience. All my Vivas, one way or the other worked for my good. Either I was asked a simple question or the lecturer just pitied me😂
5. I know it’s going to be hectic and draining. I have a lot of paddy men and women there, so I have an idea of how it is. And I know I cannot escape the stress and everything. Instead of looking forward, I’m looking up to Jah to grant me the strength and grace to survive.
I heard we are more prone to “dazing” in clinical. I look forward to not being dazed.Adebowale Sheriffdeen
1.The journey had its smooth moments, despite occasional bumps and pot-holes. The reliable shock absorber, God’s grace, made the ride enjoyable. I’m grateful to see it end; may the new phase begin.
Quoting Passenger, “You only miss the sun when it starts to snow.” It’s not snowing yet, so I’m not sure. Based on the seniors, however, I think I’ll miss the free time. Practical classes were the best for me, featuring learning, competition and unity. I even looked forward to dissections.
2. Part 2
3. For me, it was marked with inexperience and confusion, causing sadness even with a decent performance. My confidence dipped, and I was really scared. However, Part 3, on the other hand, was bliss. I had developed better understanding, and more confidence and made more friends. I did better too.
4. Practicals, since it is easier to prepare for and pass. I enjoyed Viva too. With some lecturers, it’s a discussion. You move your stuff, I move mine.
The worst was physiology viva in part 2. I was so scared that I could hardly say anything till I was dismissed.
5. I heard we are prone to “dazing” in clinical. I look forward to not being dazed.
I don’t really know which was harder. In 200L, I had just come from physics and chemistry and suddenly faced with that volume of work with some words I couldn’t even pronounce😂Odumuyiwa Similoluwa
1.Well, I can say I’m very happy to finally be done with preclinical and most importantly, I’m very grateful to God because, without Him, I know I couldn’t have done it.
Preclinical was stretched over a long period so I can’t vividly remember some things that happened in Part 2 but I just know that it was a lot of reading😂. Sometimes being happy after coming out of the exam hall to disappointment after the result comes out… Well, it was just a lot. I’m happy I made it through though😊
2. I heard Clinicals is harder so I might miss the lesser volume of work(though I thought it was overwhelming when I was there)
3. I don’t really know which was harder. In 200L, I had just come from physics and chemistry and suddenly faced with that volume of work with some words I couldn’t even pronounce😂
And in 300L, I knew better but I know I read more and harder than my 200L
And during this MB preparation where we had 2 weeks after our last Incourse, not to even mention we were constantly preparing for Incourses for months before that. I was sleep-deprived and it wasn’t funny😂.
I thank God for the Holy Spirit for guidance, for my mom for the constant calls and for my friends. It got to a point we were reciting Psalm 23 in the middle of the night😂. I’m done sha.
4. Practical exams. Of course, at least I read the manuals and it would likely come from there. I haven’t had bad viva experiences, thank God😂 However, I had one that the examiner told me to keep guessing😂… What?
5. I’m just looking forward to moving to the next class really. And I would love to know what postings are like.
Formal dressing is one of the challenges that comes with clinicals. Why do I have to wear shoes everyday?Abdullahi
- It feels very emotional because one doesn’t even need deep introspection to replay the ups and downs as well as the beautiful moments in one’s head.
The whole preclinical experience was far more strenuous than could have been forseen. When I say strenuous, I refer to not just physical stress but the mental strength to keep going.
2. I’m not really sure about what I enjoyed the most but I’ll definitely miss informal dressing. Formal dressing is one of the challenges that comes with clinicals, why do I have to wear shoes everyday?
3. I think it’s definitely 200L because preclinical was a new world entirely and definitely wasn’t as interesting as envisaged.
4. Oh my, I’ll pick practical exams. As long as you are familiar with the practical, I believe you’ll be fine. Viva is too unpredictable.
5. Well, I just look forward to exploring the world of science and medicine, I think clinicals is just the beginning for those of us with passion.
My overall preclinical experience is actually a blood, sweat and tears (figuratively) experience.Paulo
1.It’s cool to move on to the next class.
Not to be pessimistic, nothing really much because each class has its own stress and hurdles. And I personally do not attach excitement to stress, lol.
It feels nice moving on actually.
My overall preclinical experience is actually a blood, sweat and tears (figuratively) experience. I put in the effort. Sometimes, it shows sometimes… well, we all know the story.
2. I actually enjoyed my 300lvl more and I won’t be missing anything cos I’m looking forward to a more exciting adventure that lies ahead.
4. Viva and the reason is cos of the tension and mystery that comes with it, lol.
Worst viva experience? None
5. In clinicals, looking forward to becoming a better me and that encompasses everything I have as plans
I enjoyed Part 3 better because . I understood myself better and what works for me,Anonymous
My preclinical experience ~is~ was a roller coaster. Hills and valleys, tears and laughter, highs and lows, but through it all, I had a God who held my hands through men
I enjoyed my part 3 better. I understood myself better and what works for me, so I could easily navigate the class. What I would miss🤔🤔most definitely the free time. News has it that clinicals would steal my time.
Has to be 200 level. I was a newbie and college didn’t take it easy on me. 300l on the other hand was better because college and I had struck a deal, so we were doing great.
Practical exams oooo…most definitely. Viva is too unpredictable for my liking.
Worst viva experience? Thanks to God and my parents for giving me a lovely name, it has prevented bad viva experiences.
In clinicals, I look forward to getting closer to the end of medical school
I’ll miss the ample time we had. I’m not sure we’ll enjoy that luxury of time going forward.Anonymous
My goodness! I haven’t felt such relief in a while. The preclinical experience was a lengthy one filled with a lot of uncertainties. One is the worry about the incessant halts in the session, among other academic-related issues. Notwithstanding, I wouldn’t downplay the little fun that came along.
Part 2 is the academic year I enjoyed the most. If at all there’s anything to miss in preclinicals, it’s certainly the ample time we had. I’m not sure we’ll enjoy that luxury of time going forward.
300L was my most challenging preclinical year. It was just a weird academic session altogether.
Practical exams are chill. They are definitely a go-for. I sincerely haven’t had a bad viva experience.
I’m pumped about the hands-on experiences in clinicals.
Whew! It truly has been a long ride for these ones with a roller coaster of emotions. Well, it is all over now. As they look forward to what lies ahead, Medivoice wishes the Unicus class the best of luck.
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