Dr. J is Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban.
Dear Dr. J,
I’m having trouble sleeping because I’m having issues with financial aid. Is there someone I can go to talk to about that?
— Sleepless in Solano
No sooner did we post an item about a free speed reading tool than we found out the program had helped a current Touro student!
Christina Choy is a first-year student in the College of Pharmacy, class of 2020.
Legentas was very helpful at introducing me to speed reading. I had always thought that I read quite quickly, however after starting the program I realized that I was reading inefficiently.
This program offers various eye gymnastics exercises and trains you to increase your visual span, as well as read in a rhythm that allows for better retention. Before I started Legentas, I was reading 204 words per minute. By lesson three, I was reading at 334 words per minute!
“Grad school also is a unique experience,” notes Carol Williams-Nickelson, Ph.D, former associate executive director of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students in the helpful article “12 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Grad School.”
It’s unlike college, where classes are of chief importance, cramming the night before leads to decent grades and there’s plenty of time for play and extracurricular activities. Being a graduate student is a full-time job that requires you to sharpen a variety of skills — and learn some new ones.
It has been recommended to the College of Pharmacy students that they take a speed reading course before school begins. This recommendation may be helpful to all professional and graduate students. In the next two years you will have a mountain of reading. One way of managing your assignments may be to speed read. This is a link to a free speed-reading program called Legentas: https://www.legentas.com/eng/
Graduate school is different than college! Do you remember memorizing and regurgitating, studying into the wee hours of the morning to take an exam in a few short hours and scramming to write that paper the day before it’s due? Unfortunately, this rings true of many students and it may not be the best way to be successful in graduate school.
Some students believe they can skip sleep ahead of exams and spend that time cramming. Since sleep loss is believed by scientists to be detrimental to memory formation, this can be an inefficient learning technique; particularly if you will need to retain that memory for future work, such as the medical boards or actual practice.
However, as will all generalizations, your mileage may vary: A new study shows that sleep loss affects memory formation differently depending on differences in the brain structure of individuals.
Congratulations on your daughter’s acceptance into medical school. Like the first day of kindergarten, this launch is notable for parents as well as children. You may have some concerns about the stresses she will face. Having been there, I can tell you there will be many. Not to worry, though. Times are changing.
So begins an open letter to the parents of female medical students (but really written for the students themselves, natch) by Dr. Kathy Stepien writing for the blog KevinMD.com. The rest of the message paints a dark picture of what women faced in the bad old days in medical school, residency and beyond: Rampant sexism, extending from hazing and mockery to outright assault and career sabotage.
We asked recent MPH alum Mey Saephan some questions about her time here at Touro — What did you find helpful? What did you find not helpful? What do you wish you knew before starting? — and this is what she had to say!
Public health is a broad field. Graduating with an MPH enables to you help people and hone in your skillset. Here are a few tips for how to be successful while you are here at Touro, finding your career path.