As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, second year curriculum entails going through various body systems so I thought it’d be cool to chronicle my experiences as I tackle each one! First up, neuro/neuroanatomy.
Day 1 – HOLY CRAP, neuro is a lot. With all the resources we’re given and all the vocabulary words introduced, I already feel behind. Not to mention, my brain is about to EXPLODE (which is ironic since we briefly talked about stokes). Between attending lecture, watching online modules, reading the textbook, and going to small groups; there aren’t enough hours in a day 😦. But to have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of the human brain, the organ responsible for controlling literally everything that we do, is something I’m eager to dive into. Word on the street from upperclassmen is that neuro/neuroanatomy is a rough 6 weeks but I’m amped and ready to learn! Continue reading “Review of Systems: Neurology & Neuroanatomy”
“How was your summer?” “I can’t believe we’re back!”
That pretty much sums up everyone’s conversations and how we feel being back, starting their 2nd year of medical school (whoooo for starting 18th grade)! Walking into the lecture hall, it was great seeing everyone back. Everyone looks tanned, happy, and refreshed (we’ll see how long that holds up haha). Our “Orientation to Second Year” made it less of a dream and more of a reality when we say that we’re SECOND YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS (whoa). It’s crazy to think that one year ago, we were sitting in the same room, beginning our first year. One year later, we’re orientation leaders welcoming the incoming first years and “ready” to learn material to tackle boards (and to become excellent physicians of course).
And that’s a wrap! One month in the wilderness of Vermont. Alright, “wilderness” is a bit of a stretch but when you don’t have WiFi and unstable phone service, it seems that way.
For those wondering, a couple of months ago some classmates and I put together a research proposal and applied for a grant and were fortunate enough to have been funded! In short, our project focuses on the usage of Medication-Assisted Treatment therapy for individuals with Substance Use Disorder while looking at patient demographics between different hospital sites in differing locations.
While in Vermont, I not only had the opportunity to collect data for our research project but also had the incredible opportunity to shadow and rotate through different specialties; to give us a feel on what area of medicine we’d be interested in and to give us exposure to what practicing in a rural area is like.
Surprise, I’m alive and still in disbelief that I’m a quarter of the way done with medical school! I’ve been meaning to blog more but the workload of Spring Semester picked up and didn’t slow down. If you would have told me from the beginning that the past 44 weeks were going to fly by and that I was going to make it through, I would’ve laughed.
Now that I basically have the next 2 months off, I feel kind of lost. For the past year, I was essentially in the routine of waking up, going to class, and studying for the next assessment/exam (because let’s be real, there was always one exam or another right around the corner). But now that I’m “free”, I feel overwhelmed with all the possibilities of things to do (you could argue that boards are “around the corner” but I would say that you’re out of your mind).
I survived! Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to go on a preceptorship at a pediatricians office, and all I can say is it was an eye-opening experience and exceeded all of my expectations. Going into the clinic, I expected to follow the physician as she tended to one sick child after the other. And to an extent that’s what we did. The number of Rapid Flu, Rapid Strep, and Strep culturesordered were too numerous to count. What else was too numerous to count? THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T GET THEIR FLU SHOTS! It’s funny, the correlation between people who were diagnosed with the flu and whether or not they had gotten a flu shot was uncanny. Moral of the story, get your flu shot.
Aside from the strep throats and runny noses, I didn’t realize people just came in for wellness visits. Maybe it’s because I’m a few years out of seeing my pediatrician but I don’t remember ever going into the pediatric office just to tell them I’m doing well.
One visit that stuck out in particular was a child with a history of hyperactivity and inability to concentration in school/tendency to interrupt others. Because this had been going on for quite some time (and based off outside feedback), the doctor diagnosed the child with ADHD. The conversation of medication came up and it was intriguing to see the personalities the pediatrician had; one that was tailored to children and another towards parents. The child had no clue what was going on and the parents were concerned that being on meds would take away from who the child really is.
Six months ago, I started my first day of medical school. Last Friday marked the end to my first semester, how nuts is that? There is so much to reflect on.
Over the past 6 months, I have learned an insane amount of information. Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, … the list goes on and on. I have learned how to take a detailed patient history (don’t forget your LOPQRST, ICEE, and ROS folks!), perform physical exams (anyone need their upper extremity, lower extremity, back or thorax checked?), dissected a human cadaver head to toe (alright more like neck to toe; head/face will be next semester’s hurdle and neuro will be a Year 2 problem). I’VE HELD A HUMAN HEART AND LUNG IN MY HANDS! Each day I’m reminded of and amazed by how complex and incredible the human body is. Mechanisms such as pressure differences drive our hearts to pump blood to where they need to go and allow our lunges to expand and deflate to allow for gas exchange. We have an army inside of us, ready to attack foreign invaders should they enter our body. If there is anything I’ve learned this semester it’s that I have so much more to learn.
Block 3 started a couple of weeks ago and we’ve finally started to learn about organ systems. Blocks 1 and 2 were more of our foundational sciences; learning about the cellular biology, biochemistry, immunology (and so many more -ologies) of the human body, and now we’ve made the shift over to learning about organ systems; cardiac in particular.
If there’s 2 things I’ve learned so far this block…
1. The physiology of the heart is FASCINATING. There are so many regulatory processes and intricate ways the heart can respond to different situations
2. I don’t want ANYTHING to do with cardiology
Block 3 has been relentless with information being constantly thrown at us with little time to fully understand it all (at least that’s how I feel). We took our first progress test just a week and a half into the block and second progress test today (yikes). Yes there’s a lot of info but what I’m loving about this block is that all my classes seem to build off each other.We spent time earlier in the block learning about cardiac physiology; understanding how blood fills the different chambers of the heart, understanding when and how the heart contracts to get that blood to different places in the body, what happens when our blood pressure gets too high or too low and how our body reacts to that change and brings it back to normal, etc.