This post is a little bit late since I actually completed histology on Halloween, but better late than never!
The first thing most people would ask me whenever I’d tell them I was taking histology was “What is that?” For those of you who don’t know, here is the definition of histology according to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
histology: 1) a branch of anatomy that deals with the minute structure of animal and plant tissues as discernible with the microscope. 2) tissue structure or organization.
Basically, histology is the study of anatomy that you can only see with a microscope. I personally enjoy gross anatomy more than histology. The trouble with gross anatomy is the magnitude of information, but I’ve always found that I enjoy a course with a heavy workload that I’m interested in much more than an “easier” course with a lighter workload. I thought aspects of the course were interesting, but overall I am happy to be done with it. Interestingly, with the ease of technology today, we never even looked at actual slides through microscopes. All of our lectures, labs, and studying were presented by PowerPoint presentations and digital images. It definitely made studying for the lab portion much easier though!
I did learn one extremely important thing that I plan to remember for the rest of my medical education… don’t dig yourself into a hole! When histology first started, my entire class was pretty excited to have a reduced workload in comparison to anatomy. Unfortunately, I took this a little too far and failed to study much for my first histology exam. Needless to say, I did very poorly and had to spend the next couple of exams making up the difference. I was able to raise my grade and did well in the end, but it was definitely much more stressful than it needed to be. For any future medical students out there, be sure to avoid digging yourself into a hole! I would much rather do extremely well early on in a class and be able to relax at the end than feel pressured to do well when the final exams come around.