Monday, November 2, 2009

Classes and Weekly Routine

Comparing my two blogs, I'm relieved that despite the uneven posting habits, I've essentially posted the same number of posts - go me. We're starting to get into the virus lectures, which is of course one of my main interests. I never really described our general weekly curriculum, so I'll delve into that briefly - I'm not sure how they do it at other schools, but I have a feeling we're somewhere in the middle as far as weekly hours. We also get an hour for lunch from noon to 1am.

Monday - usually a long day of lectures that set the tone for the week, lasting from 8am until 3pm-5pm. Tuesday through Thursday we have small group sessions in the morning and afternoon, and 2 hours of lecture each day. There are 3 divisions for the small group sessions, groups A, B, and C - I am group A, so I'll describe that arrangement. Tuesday we have morning small-group OMM lab, where we practice techniques, diagnostics, etc. from 8-10. From 10-12, we have lecture as a whole class. From 1-3, we sometimes have no class/independent study, it depends on how many classes are slated for that slot for those three days (2 classes, we have one afternoon off, 3 classes we have something each day). Usually it is a class-related workshop, working with new equations, concepts, etc. On Wednesday, we have morning "independent study" so we don't come in until 10, for the 10-12 whole class lecture. Our afternoon class is usually doctoring, where we practice clinical diagnostic techniques, examinations, etc. On Thursday, we have histology or pathology in the morning, and in the afternoon we either have more histology/pathology or another class-related workshop. Fridays we have lectures that may end as early as noon or as late as 5pm.

A few more observations as of late - one might think that after four years of undergraduate, some masters/higher level education, and clinical work, we would be desensitized to "sensitive" medical material, like genital warts or hypospadias. Nonetheless, I still catch a few students giggling at the mention of herpes and genital conditions. I'm sure by our second year most of the gigglers will have gotten used to it - or pelvic examinations will be extremely awkward for them (moreso than us non-gigglers).

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, somehow I don't imagine a doctor giggling over someone's genital warts to exactly go down well ...