Here I am in week eight, and I have no idea where the time has
gone. This week marked the start of midterms with Clinical Natural
Medicine and Dermatology exams.
Clinical Natural Medicine is comprised of weekly case studies in
which I need to come up with differential diagnoses, treatment
plans, and any other health concerns the patient may be facing. The
exam was a similar format with a series of case studies that I
needed to figure out lab tests, diagnoses, medical imaging, and
possible treatments that would work for that patient. The
Dermatology midterm consisted of mostly images of different skin
conditions followed by treatments for those conditions.
I only have one more midterm next week in my Jurisprudence
class, and after that I'm finished with midterms. That is such a
large change from midterms in past trimesters, where it seemed to
be a never-ending month long marathon of exams.
I was duty intern in Student Clinic this week. Duty intern is a
rotation that each intern needs to do twice each trimester. During
this rotation, you are in charge of checking patients into their
treatment rooms and keeping the clinician informed on when patients
arrive, if they don't show, and when they are finished with
treatment. You also have duties around the rest of clinic including
doing laundry, stocking rooms, and prepping for the next shift.
This week was also very historic with Prop 8 and the Defense of
Marriage Act both being struck down by the United States Supreme
Court. The statement "Equal Justice Under the Law" that sits above
the entrance of the Supreme Court was finally upheld for lesbian
and gay couples in the U.S. As a gay man and a man lucky enough to
have a loving partner of many years, these decisions were very
As a very exciting end to the week, we joined in the Chicago
Pride celebration and parade on Sunday with good friends. The city
of Chicago had record numbers; over one million people graced the
streets of the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods for the parade. It
was very neat to see the mixing pot of people there to show support
for the LGBT community, celebrate, and show their true colors.