This and That

Site Visit

The site visit wasn't as bad as everyone made it sound like it would be. I think the university and the students were well prepared for the members of the accreditation site team. The program has made improvements since they last came and I feel confident we met their standards. The program is still new and it does have its growing pains (such that I felt with having to make up an extra credit of Biomedical Science). However, the school itself is prestigious and the teachers in the program are top notch. 

Nutrition 101

Speaking of top notch, our Western Nutrition class is great. Dr. Keith Hartley, a National DC grad, teaches the class. He makes the class enjoyable because he lectures in terms not above our head and shares clinical information useful in real life encounters. There are some classes that give all the facts but don't present them in a manner that can be utilized outside the classroom, but not this Nutrition class. It is enjoyable because not only do we learn but also Dr. Hartley loves to answer questions.

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We have learned about digestion and all the mechanisms involved. We also have learned amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, and my favorite, the vitamins. We discussed water soluble and fat-soluble vitamins as well as minerals. We have talked about the different forms of vitamins and why some brands are cheaper than others, probably because they don't have the active form of the vitamin, which makes it almost impossible for the body to utilize and therefore is flushed down the drain.

Journal Club

Another neat thing we do is something called Journal Club. Dr. Hartley used to do these in his undergrad days, and what they are is just that, discussing journal articles. Each student gathers an article based on nutrition that they are interested in and passes it along to each student and Dr. Hartley. The next week, after having read the article, the chosen student also gathers articles that either support or disregard the topic. They then present the additional articles to the class and everyone discuses the topic.

For instance, Dr. Hartley prepped us with an article about the Atkins diet. The next week he shared articles that were in favor and against the diet. It is a fun way to keep up to date on research and not have to do all the work.

So needless to say, now that the trimester is coming to an end, it's the 14th week and finals are near, I won't mind studying because I really like all my classes this trimester. I hope you all had fun learning about my classes this trimester and let me know if you have any questions.

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The pictures posted are of Dr. Hartley teaching and Dr. Jia Xu, my Friday clinician, who I have blogged about in the past.

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