clinical applications

Clinical Applications

I’m finally utilizing the student workbook that came with our course anatomy book and it’s fun for the most part and definitely helps you learn the material and then some. I’ve been going back and filling out the clinical application exercises and they’re really interesting to fill out, usually when you know what the said patient is experiencing and what the causes may be, as well as the risks. Even when I’m not too sure on what to fill the blanks in with, it’s fun to research it all, that’s when you really learn more than you set out to learn. 

Donating blood…I was looking forward to it, but when I saw how packed the campus was, there was no way I could wait around to do my good deed today…the lines were insane and it took me about 20 minutes to finally get a parking spot, making me a bit late for lecture too. Maybe next time.

We’ve been learning the heart and I would have to say that I’m enjoying this chapter and feel more involved than I have in any of the other previous chapters. I’ve had interest in the skeletal system and various other things we’ve covered, but this one is different. It could be the fact that I feel I need to get more focused on everything considering we’re past midterm and I just failed an exam for the first time in the class. It dropped me down to an 82 and I definitely felt more comfortable with the 86 I had beforehand. We’ll see how the chapters on the heart and the ventricular system go! :) 

There’s a limit on the PSB now, it used to be unlimited as long as you pay $20/each retake…but now you only have 3 times to take it. I’ve got 2 more chances! Trying to buckle down on this math, then I’ll have it! ;)

I'm struggling with chemistry in undergrad, but I really want to do medicine. How did you know you were on the right path?

To be honest, my undergrad years were full of uncertainty. I actually got a history degree and was thinking of getting a teaching degree instead. I struggled with my chemistry classes and nearly failed organic chem. And while there are moments in med school that use concepts from those classes, a majority is not directly applicable to clinical medicine. In short, don’t think being bad at those subjects means you will struggle with medicine. Being good at those things helps, but it isn’t necessary.

As for knowing if medicine is the right path, the best way to know that is to shadow a doc or volunteer in a hospital a few times. This will remind you of your end game. I rocked babies in the nursery and spent time on a chemo infusion clinic doing art projects with the patients. This reminded me of how much I wanted to help these people. It gave me a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak.