Skip to main content

A Journey From The First To The Last Bench!

This blog won 1st Place in the All Pak Blog Competition, 2017 in Humorous Category.

By Anum Khaliq, Final Year MBBS

When I entered the med-school after bearing sleepless nights and matchless hardwork in matric and F.Sc, it was like a dream coming true. However, my era (time) to date has rightly compelled me to say that life in a med-school is not more than a set of missions and u have to accomplish most of them without any *leavemealone or *betterthanwalking cheat-codes! :p
Lets have a look at how I am a sucker at most of things! You can always grab a cup of tea before starting!

1. Mission Waking-up in the Morning! 
“Press your clothes in the night!”
“I have, mommy”
“Seniors nae tang tau nae kiya?”
“Nae kiya”
“Allah hafiz”
“Yeah, do wake me up before sunrise!
And Allah Hafiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzz” (I have a bad habit of slanging “hafiz” I always do!)
Was my first conversation with my mother on my first night in hostel. A conversation in which worry was clear in my mother’s voice and fear was evident in my tone since tomorrow was gonna be my first day to KEMU, Dream of many,  Destiny of a few, and I had not developed a habit of waking up on my own as yet.
Although the night passed without any seniors trolling the corridors thanks to the new hostel building we get, yet I had a trouble in sleeping and hence a trouble in getting up! I remember Going to the washroom where all basins were occupied rather over-occupied :p I kept standing there doing nothing for next 5 minutes when a friend of mine said, “Kya dekh rae ho jaldi mun hath dho! Dair ho rae hae”. And I exclaimed,” Ab mein itne saare logon k saamne daant brush kroon” :p
And she bursted into laughter. What she said in the reply is not cool enough to be written publicily!
I was a total failure at waking-up early in the morning!

2. Mission 90% Attendance:

When I reached university (on my very first day), a whole bunch of new-comers was coming out of Anatomy Lecture Theatre and my eyes became wide open!
“Oh My Goodness! Pehla lecture ho bhi gya! Ab tau pakka attendance short ho jani hae” (yeah that was me being over-dramatic after having missed my first ever lecture) :p
And in my sorrow of having missed my first lecture I missed the train of new-comers heading towards its next destination leading to my late arrival in the next lecture which by the way was of psychiatry and upon reaching there 15 minutes late I was like, “Ab yahan bhi attendance nae lgni” It was only revealed later on that the first week was an introductory week for us to get acclimatized with the environment and attendance of that week did not matter much. Anyhow I felt like a total failure at mission attendance cuz we go to university for attendance above all, don’t we?

3. Mission First-Bench is mine:
Upon entering the university as a theeta the urge to sit in the first row was high! From getting up an hour early for the first lecture to pushing everybody aside while shifting from one lecture theatre to the other to writing my name on the back of first bench I tried everything. Every single attempt went in vain. I always ended up sitting in the third last row sometimes even the last! Again I was a complete failure at mission-first seat.

4. Mission Anti-Ragging:

In my early days I never got fooled or ragged by any senior. I felt like a Gunther in this domain. We, I and my room-mates, used to be cautious much to keep the door of our room locked thereby surviving the attacks of seniors many a times until one day I was leisurely talking to my mother on phone in the corridor with the door of my room opened when I felt mysterious roaming of some monstrous-creatures i-e; seniors. I hung up the call, rushed to my room, slammed the door, bolted it, screamed “seniors are here” and turned my face to my room-mates just to notice that the zombies had already reached home! :p Anyhow, they turned out to be the coolest seniors ever! But, I felt like failed again!

5. Mission Sath Sath Parhai:

Being a born-theeta I made this firm promise to myself that I would continue my parhai with the same zest and zeal I used to have in matric and F. Sc. So my struggle in hitting the spot right on target in this field started with taking notes during lectures, getting every damn slides from the lecturers and reading every single detail, buying the original junqueira for histology, doing general anatomy from four different resources, downloading the original version of Grey’s Anatomy ( I am not talking about the TV show here) :p and the list is long and gets funny and funny along! :p
Well, I appeared for the cell-module assessment and I attempted all the MCQs on In Pin Safety Pin basis was proof enough of how I was a total failure at sath sath parhai.

6. Mission Stay Focused:
I Have always been a fan of “Regularity defining Perfection” So I decided to stay motivated for my studies back in first year. But gotta say this university atmosphere is always lingering with distractions and I am kind of liable to all kind of distractions! I mean this blog is a proof enough of my misery! :p I cannot maintain focus! :p

7. Mission Getting through without red-mark:

Well that is every body’s dream to go through all the tests and professionals without any red mark or reattempts. I decided to pass my tests by hook or by crook! :p Honestly I have tried my best to say “this is my area” by the end of the day. But we all have our ups and downs! I happened to have passed all the tests in my first year except for the last one- the test of GIT! :p Well, that was a bad day! Anyhow I moved forward with “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” look on my face. :3

Anyhow, the list of my missions is long, and the list of my plans on getting done with my missions and list of how I failed at every single spot is even looooonnnnnger! So lets just stop the writer here! Unlike many others who work hard because of infamous slogan of “buss yae char saal agay aram hae”, I worked hard because I wanted to get what I got! Gotta say this that medical life is full of its charms and glory! The momentary problems are toubles we face every day are not worthy enough to be categorized under the heading of “problems” In my opinion, pain is felt when you see your loved ones in pain and loss happens when you lose your loved one! Every other hurdle that comes in your life is just to boost up your energies! J                          


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