September Studies

September 25, 2015

Hello again,

I can't believe September has basically slipped away. My last post was at the beginning of September and now October is right around the corner. Where does the time go?

Well, time is certainly flying by around here. Our immunology block ended the second week of September and we promptly began anatomy. Naturally, I got sick during our immunology class, so I went through many -a-tissue and day-quill tabs. Glad that's over with!

I was warned that once anatomy started, any semblance of free time would disappear. And that's correct. I find myself at a point in medical school where things just start piling up.... I have my normal stresses and tests with whichever block class I'm in (which is anatomy right now), cadaver lab for anatomy, labs for both osteopathic medicine and clinical medicine, tests for my core classes (informatics, ethics, clinical medicine and osteopathic medicine), and all the other little assignments/quizzes that get thrown in on top. That's a recipe for not a lot of free time. Talk about time management!

The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind... which is why I'm about to finish typing and take a nap :) I had a standardized patient encounter yesterday afternoon, a written anatomy exam, and a practical anatomy cadaver lab exam this morning. My brain is demanding some rest.

The standardized patient encounter was really fun. People from the community are paid to come in and act like patients for us to practice our clinical skills. The sessions are video-taped, the actor provides feedback after our exam about how well we did, and we later have to evaluate our own performance. It can be painful to watch yourself on video! :) Nonetheless, I have found it to be a great way for me to evaluate my clinical skills. Yesterday, we had a 20 minute patient encounter, 15 minutes to write a SOAP note (basically a note that summarizes what's going on with the patient), and 10 minutes of feedback. I wore my snazzy white coat, got all dressed up, and played doctor with my new (and very expensive) medical equipment. I took a full history, obtained vitals (pulse, blood pressure), did a full dermatological exam, an osteopathic exam, and wrote up a SOAP note. It went well overall and I had a lot of fun! (p.s. he had lyme disease!)

Then today, we had two anatomy exams (written and practical). I'm especially excited about our anatomy block because I'm such a visual person and it's nice to be studying something on a larger scale (compared to studying proteins within a cell!). We will start the upper limb on Monday, which means that I have a FULL WEEKEND to myself. No test on Monday. HORRAY! I'm so excited. I'll be spending the weekend with friends, cute babies, drinking a few adult beverages, and potentially hiking in the mountains. A well-deserved break!

I'm planning to do a "day-in-the-life" post in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open for that one, and I'll do my best to keep on updating the blog whenever I have free time! I'm off to catch some zzz's and start enjoying my weekend.

Thanks for reading! Oh and in case you didn't know, you can follow @tatedoesthings to keep up to date with my medical school journey and all the other things I do!

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