"I am so thankful for my cadaver," writes Lindsay Machen, Class of '11. "I am happy to be free from the smell of formaldehyde, that's for sure, but I know I will always reflect on anatomy as the most influential and exciting course I will take in medical school."
Lindsay, who graduated from Bucknell last spring with a degree in English and a minor in biology, is chronicling her experiences at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., on her blog, Med Quips: Life, Medicine and How the Two Intertwine.
She's written about topics as varied as memorizing the vast and complex system of cranial nerves, holding a colon in her hands and meeting a patient whom she'll be following to learn the lifestyle and day-to-day implications of a chronic illness.
"I want to show how I'm negotiating the delicate balance between life and medicine," says Lindsay. "Even though I don't have the time to blog daily, I have managed to sit down and reflect on all that I am learning and how this experience is helping me to evolve and develop in so many ways."
She says Bucknell prepared her well for her next academic experience. "I have carried the lessons I learned about time management and leadership through to medical school," says the former Bison Girl and Undergraduate Executive Intern.
"Bucknell provides you with every opportunity to achieve even the most demanding goals. Don't be afraid to combine somewhat disparate interests such as English and biology or ceramics and psychology. They all intertwine somehow. I think my approach and mindset toward my medical education is going to be much more balanced as a result."