With the first years on spring break, it was left to the second years to give tours to the visiting applicants. Last night, an email went out asking for tour guide volunteers. I was an avid tour guide during my first year and I am not one to turn down a free lunch. It was so refreshing and rewarding to be in front of those future medical students. I remember the day I interviewed and how it seemed like the most important day of my life. Now, I look back and it feels so insignificant compared to what has happened since then. Last year, I was one to empathize with their nervousness, but now I have enough stress and anxiety on my mind to keep myself occupied until June. As a second year, with only 5 weeks left in my curriculum, I was able to provide knowledge about first year, second year, the board exams and third year rotations. I am at a nexus in the medical school career where many events have happened or will happen very soon.
The tour at UCLA takes students through special areas that make our school unique to other medical schools. We start in the Graduate Reading Room where medical students have 24 hour study access. This room is only accessible to Dental, Medical, Nursing and Public Health students. This is one of my favorite study spots because it is: quiet, open late, private and food friendly. Next, we head to the Histopathology room. UCLA students no longer use microscopes to view their histology slides. We view them on high definition computer screens with built in magnifying glass and marking tools. The obvious next stop is the Ronald Reagen Medical Center.
Reagen is one of the top hospitals in the country and performs some of the most amazing operations not done anywhere else. Though the students are not allowed to see patients, they can see the next best part of Reagen, the cafeteria. Lastly, we make a stop at the Wilson Student Lounge, my second favorite study spot. Although it is not open 24 hours, it is open late and only open to medical students. Wilson has a pool table, ping pong table, foosball table, microwave, comfy couches and vending machine. All are essential for my rigorous study schedule.
This textual tour of UCLA does not do my school any justice. So feel free to schedule your interview here for a real life tour some time.