Day 100: Pause

Today’s inane image of the day:

Challenge: Can you guess what we’re modeling here? [Leave comments with what you think this is — no OUWB students, please!]

I apologize for the lack of updates lately — Mike flew into town late Friday and I have been busy relishing his presence since then [I even took him to school with me yesterday and today!]. Since things are still pretty hectic around here, I’ll just leave you with my PRISM reflective writing piece [fictional, about anatomy lab, not my best work but still something!]:

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Day 95: The OUWB family

Today’s inane image of the day:

THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I have to say… the U.S. is definitely missing out on these Coffee Crisps! [Kudos to my favorite resident/Big Sib program coordinator for passing these out during his Radiology lecture!]

Imagine this: 50 medical students dressed in various types of gym apparel sprawled across a large Beaumont Hospital classroom with every square inch of the carpet completely covered in colorful beach towels and yoga mats. As the lights are turned off, a meditation audio plays. Interspersed are extended moments of silence when suddenly every slight noise seems to make a racket. As time passes, you can hear the breathing rate slow to a steady, calm pace. After a few more moments pass, you hear one student’s slow, steady breaths turn into snores.

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Day 93: Thoughts on the OUWB curriculum

Today’s inane image of the day:

On Saturday we had the opportunity to practice taking blood pressure measurements at the Michigan Institute of Urology‘s Men’s Health Event. At the end of my shift, I felt like a pro at it!

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get is about the OUWB curriculum and how it works. Since our class is only a few weeks away from the conclusion of the first semester, I think it’s an appropriate time to reflect upon what our curriculum has been like thus far.

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Day 87: …but this rerun has an alternate ending

Today’s inane image of the day:

I absolutely *love* when holiday cups reappear at coffee shops. Especially when they have corny statements on them like “When we’re together snowmen come to life” [what is that supposed to mean, anyway?!]. Oh yeah, and that’s Robbins behind my cup…

I will start by saying that as of this morning, I officially passed my BFCP2 Midterm exam.

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Day 85: This feels a lot like a rerun

Today’s inane image of the day:

The wall of Starbucks that I tend to stare at when I’m sick of staring at my lecture notes. I never realized how calming the act of looking at this wall was until after I snapped this photo.

There’s not much more I need to say aside from I’m disappointed. There’s no one to blame except myself and there’s nowhere to go except forward. I could shower you with really optimistic quotes about learning from one’s mistakes or something like that, but I just don’t have the energy.
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Day 83: Maybe this is it

Today’s inane image of the day:

An activity Dr. Bee had us do during class on Tuesday… we placed felt “muscles” ¬†over the correct area of one of our dissection group members.

On Thursday, we had another patient panel. This particular patient is the mother of a daughter with a mild form of OTCase [ornithine transcarbamylase] deficiency. What caused my tears to flow during the presentation was that she watched her first born child [a son] pass away merely days after his birth due to this inherited X-linked metabolic disorder. [Because the mutation is X-linked, and males only have 1 “X” chromosome, they usually present with the full form of the disorder. Females have 2 “X” chromosomes, so they can be asymptomatic carriers and pass on the mutation.]

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Day 79: More sweets and exam rumination

Today’s inane image of the day:

A surprise gift from a dear friend [come exam-time, I tend to increase my intake of fried carbs… so this was extremely appropriate!]

This week really started off well — although I’m not a huge fan of Halloween [it stopped being fun when we got too old to go trick or treating…], our class found a slew of candy and treats sprinkled throughout the day [I feel my arteries clogging just thinking about how much saturated fat I consumed yesterday]. The weekend was relatively productive and I had a much needed lunch date yesterday [Palm Palace is amazing… did I ever mention that I love garlic?]. All in all, I can’t really complain.

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