Recess Rehash: Tests, Tact, and Turpentine


Everyone gets anxious about tests.  And med school features a lot of tests.

chemicals photo[Dave’s on vacation, so here’s a rerun for ya.]

The news that students at Oregon Health and Science University will now be subject to ‘compassion tests‘  in order to graduate got Dave thinking about test anxiety.  As schools pile on the examinations, how do students deal with the stress?  Dabin Choi, Gabe Conley, Claire Casteneda, and Erik Kneller discuss meditation, sleep, prayer, and eating habits that keep them from letting the fear derail them.

Also in the news, a GQ interview with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish espouses an unusual cure-all the government doesn’t want us to know about: a teaspoon of turpentine.  Can this week’s co-hosts do her one better by convincing Dave that the effects of various other household and industrial chemicals are government-suppressed remedies?

This Week in Medical News

Why can’t Dave stop himself from succumbing to the lure of science’s newest form of clickbait: the ‘we-found-a-new-organ’ article? One man’s sexually transmitted disease clearly made the BBC’s headline editor clap his hands together with a gleeful tactlessness.

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One thought on “Recess Rehash: Tests, Tact, and Turpentine”

  1. I’m a bit disappointed with how dismissive you guys seemed when talking about text anxiety. Having text anxiety, even severe text anxiety, does not bar you from become a physician and people should consider seeking professional help if anxiety significantly interferes with their performance. There are plenty of options available – from counseling to medication (I know a few folks who were prescribed propranolol for before tests). With a formal diagnosis, people can also seek testing accommodations (reduced distraction environments, extra time, extra breaks) both through their schools and for the MCAT and USMLEs. I don’t want anxious pre-med listeners out there thinking that they should give up on their dreams of becoming a physician just because they are poor test takers.

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