We survived our second sequence!! Cells and Tissues was sans training wheels and we certainly felt the difference. We also experienced our first anatomy practical which, while scary in its novelty, was not all that bad in retrospect. This additionally entailed planning our class’s first practice practical immediately prior to the real thing. Along with Joey, my Component Representative partner-in-crime, I spent many hours in the anatomy lab both planning and actually setting things up. Our classmates were awesome about expressing their gratitude for our time. There’s nothing quite like having a horde of medical students personally thank you for your hard work.
**We’re not allowed to take pictures in the anatomy lab, but I’ve included a dramatic reenactment for you to get a taste of Practice Practical Pandemonium.
Following the end of Cells and Tissues we had a week focused around CFM, the Clinical Foundations of Medicine. We each had three visits organized for us that included a traditional clinic shadowing experience, a health disparities experience, and an alternative medicine shadowing experience. There was already a great deal of diversity just among our own three visits, but we then gathered together to discuss our visits with each other to gain even more perspectives. Our experiences sparked some insightful discussions, both about the good and the bad things that we saw. We also had some lectures scattered throughout the week about topics that aren’t traditionally well-represented in medical school curricula. I personally found our lecture on health policy very enlightening as this is a topic that I’m relatively ignorant about.
We’re currently in the midst of our Cardiovascular and Respiratory sequence. In terms of content, we’re really starting to delve into what you’d typically think of as medical school “stuff.” I’m largely bewildered by graphs of cardiac function. Many of the things we’re discussing nowadays sound dangerously akin to physics. (Physics and I are not on good terms.) Even so, it’s exciting because it seems more readily relevant to patient care. Our two main lecturers also happen to be particularly lively individuals; all bets are off when these two are in a room together. The title of this post is the catchphrase of one of these gentlemen and is now our collective answer to any question ever.
I can’t wait to see what adventures await in November and December!