Skip to main content

A Day Well Spent; Behind The Last Bench

by lubaba mukhtar

There’s a fun in doing things that are unconventional and different. An onlooker, an ordinary student who sits “on” the bench and listens to lectures thinks that a student who hides behind the last bench is doing so just for the fun of it. But alas; not many can understand the dire circumstances and heart wrenching problems that pushed that poor soul behind the last bench.

Imagine for a moment the agony of sitting “on” a hard bench; imagine the pain that a person has to go through when he has to fake concentration on his face during a mind boggling, boring to death lecture; imagine the trouble he has to go through to stifle a wide, open mouthed, ugly yawn.

Yes, this is exactly how stupid you look when you yawn “on” the bench…

Nobody; seriously nobody looks pretty when yawning; it is an ugly phenomenon

 I admit that plugging headsets for music to avoid listening to the lecture can be easily accomplished while sitting “on” the bench, but just imagine the freedom, the liberty, the exuberance of sitting on the cold stone floor, away from curious staring eyes behind the last bench.
Sitting and enjoying the trip behind the last bench is not as easy as it looks, it is a very complicated procedure.

You need to have the right motives to go and sit in this awesome place. I can give a few good instances; you started a novel the previous night and you can just not wait for the dragging lecture to end and you need a little privacy from the world to finish off the novel: “behind the last bench is the perfect place to go.”

A class test has been announced or perhaps a stage is looming right ahead; “behind the last bench is the best place to concentrate on that bright red conspicuous BD that is so easily visible in the physiology lecture.”

You didn't have your required beauty sleep the previous night and you hate arching your back and lulling yourself to sleep with your head on the hard bench and the fear of becoming suddenly visible to the teacher; yes, again the best thing to do is to wipe off some off the dirt with your overall from the floor, use your bag as a pillow and lie down to a peaceful one hour nap behind the last bench (what’s a better lullaby than the sound of a boring lecture?)

I forgot to mention that you can take a small blanket in your bag; books can stay behind for a day, they won’t die without you!!

 You are extremely hungry, really want a snack; the best picnic spot is again behind the last bench.
Some of you would be confused as to why these behind the last benchers just don’t leave the class. Pretty simple; they sit in class to show their solidarity and harmony with their fellow students (and of course for the process that is absolutely life threatening for a poor medical student: THE attendance)
There are certain precautions to be taken if you wish to become a behind a last bencher.
You need to have loyal friends who will sit on the second last bench and hide your vast mass from the eyes of the teacher and will give you a back kick in warning if the teacher decides to tour the back benches out of the blue.
You need to have a very important weapon with you; it is impossible to become a behind the last bencher without this weapon: “a little courage and daring.”
You also need to possess some important qualities:
The ability to never feel humiliation or insult if and when you are caught,
And to tell the most beautiful and honest lies if and when you are caught.
You can perform all kinds of important tasks behind the last bench and believe me that a day behind the last bench is not a day wasted.

P.S: try this at your risk and any problems that arise should not be blamed on this innocent article.


Here's more you should read...

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)

USMLE Step 1 Experience by Ayaz Mehmood (Score : 99/266)
Salam everyone, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. I am going to write a detailed composition regarding preparation for USMLE Step 1. I am a final year student at King Edward Medical University and I took my exam on June 10th. Final year is the year before internship/ house job in Pakistan. I just got my scores: 99/266

Let me introduce some myths surrounding USMLE Step 1 which are especially prevalent within Pakistan; I am not too sure about India because I heard their students typically appear in their final years.

 Myth number 1:Do not appear for USMLE Step 1 within your graduation

 Verdict: Baseless, illogical reasoning

Explanation: This is so prevalent in Pakistan it’s almost pathetic. One of the biggest concerns surrounding our students is that Step 1 is a huge risk to be taken before graduation. Let me put it in another way: Step1 would always remain a risk whenever it is taken, …

Australian Medical Council AMC Part 1 Guide - Experience and Tips

AMC Part 1 by Dr. Asad Khizar Malik (Rank : 77/620) Australian Medical Council  Guide - Experience and Tips
Salam people, let me start in the name of Allah who’s the greatest benefactor of all mankind. Hope everyone is doing great. I'll try to write as much as I can for the people who are due to various reasons more interested in joining Australian Hospitals for post-grad training as compared to the USMLE pathway.

I am a graduate of King Edward Medical University, class of 2004-2010. I did my 6 months house job after graduation in Mayo Hospital, and after that, i gave my AMC Part 1 in November, 2010 from Brisbane. With the grace of Allah, I passed that in first attempt.


First thing in mind that comes with post grad training in Pakistani doctors minds is: Which way to go after graduation? That is a very tough decision that is …

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high..

FSc Premedical Guide - How to fly high.. Unsa Athar Your 40% needs to be excellent to get into KEMU or  some other good place.
(Dedicated to my teachers who not only taught me the fsc books but also many priceless lessons of life)
(Unsa Athar)
The tree that never had to fight For sun and sky and air and light, But stood out in the open rain And always got its share and rain, Never became a forest king, But lived and died a scrubby thing… Good timber does not grow with ease, The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
Getting yourself educated in the desi manner i.e. through the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education is one of the top most challenges of today’s society. Matriculation seems difficult at that time, but when you enter FSc, you realize that matric was the easiest job in the world.  Those obese books of intermediate part I and part II are the worst enemies one can ever have.  People say Medical is tougher, but I find one basic difference in both. When you enter a medical college, y…


Anatomy/Histology Gallery
Read the instructions here 1st Year

Histology Slides for Professional Exams
Folder 1- Labelled Folder 2 - Labelled Folder 3 - Labelled
Histology Revision Slides Updated (2011)
by Laiba Khalid
Lower Limb Anatomy Spotting Labelled

Embryology Models Some models are labelled and others mentioned in comments

Anatomy Museum Models (unlabelled) This album covers Upper limb, Lower limb and Thorax regions of anatomy

2nd Year
HISTOLOGY Diagrams Hand-drawn CARDS 2ND YEAR MBBSThese are hand-drawn histology diagrams by Demonstrator Dr. Shaista (Dept of Anatomy, KEMU) and submitted by Anosha.NEUROLOGY/ Neuroantomy SPOTTING  (LABELLED SPECIMEN) 2ND YEAR  Each structure is labelled and a great job done by Anosha. Neuroanatomy / Brain 2nd Year Important topics by LaibaNeuroanatomy Models Labelled  Gross models labelled by Maryam Shahid Abdomen & Pelvis Anatomy Spots Labelled Excellent job by Maryam Shahid
Anatomy Learni…

USMLE Step 2 CK experience by Rizwan Khan (254)


     I recently got done with Step 2 CK exam & I want to elaborate my experience and the mistakes that I made during my prep so that any of my colleagues who are preparing for this exam might benefit from them. I wont go much in detail about how to prepare and where to prepare from since it is already highly debated on the forum and in the previous posts but would focus more on my personal experience and the bad choices which I made during the preparation phase.
SELF-ASSESSMENTS AND QBANKS Uworld 74% Kaplan Qbank 69%
Kaplan diagnostics  = 80% (70 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 1 = 71% (50 days before exam) Kaplan Simulation Exam 2 = 76%  (40 days before exam) Fred simulation for CK = 84% (39 days before exam) NBME 2 (offline) 21 mistakes (30 days before exam)
NBME 4  =    263 (13 days before exam) UWSA =  259 (2 days before exam)
Real exam = 254