OK, I realize it's midterms and probably not that happy of a
week, but remember--we're now over halfway done with this tri. At
the very least, we're checking off boxes and meeting milestones.
That alone, is an accomplishment.
Also for those that just received board scores back,
Congratulations. Just getting to this point is a HUGE
It's a big week down here for Tri 6. Those taking an elective
(not me) have 6 exams. The rest of us have 5. Three of those exams
are for different radiology courses--which are admittedly not my
forte. Sometimes all the radiopaque and radiolucent areas look like
blobs, swirls, and blurs, rather than tumors, cysts, and sclerosis.
I'll do what I can. Sometimes that's all we can do. Do what we can
and hope for the best. Maybe by the end of my education, I'll be
conditioned to be prepared for the amount of exams at midterms and
finals. Right now though, it's still a shock. I would much rather
have one exam a week. Wait. Let me think about that some more.
The master's program is going fairly well. There's a LOT of
work, but I'm learning a tremendous amount. One of the most
difficult tasks was trying to redesign and interpret the functional
medicine tree--which basically outlines all the factors involved in
considering a patient and their conditions. I ended up redrawing
the entire tree and turning it into more of a schematic, adding a
bunch of stuff in there. It's not pretty, but I'll include that
here for your perusal. Let me know what you think. I'm definitely
open to feedback. Did I leave anything out?
(Click image for full size version.)
That's it from me. Good luck with midterms and everything else
you have going on. We'll see you next week. You'll be fine.
Everything's gonna be fine.
Greetings and Salutations, blog readers!
It's been an interesting week. I can honestly say I don't much
know what to do with myself since there aren't any boards to study
for, and it's early in the trimester so there aren't exams (not
that there aren't things to study--mind you). We have had quizzes
and assignments already. The professors certainly aren't wasting
any time! Last week was the first full week of school for me--since
we were taking boards the previous week. It was a LONG week.
The 6th Tri schedule is pretty long and involved. I feel
like we're moving classrooms and changing topics every few minutes.
Everything from Pediatrics to Rehab is on the docket. But, we have
a couple of projects in different classes that are tied together.
Both of which are associated with where we'll be in just a couple
In marketing, we're challenged with setting up a business
plan--a real one. That means I have to research where I think I
might set up my practice, what type of practice I want to have, the
cost of setting up and maintaining a practice, and a million other
things. I'll be honest. I'm a little overwhelmed. On one hand it
seems a little bit premature, and at the same time, now is the time
to do all of this research--before I'm in the clinic and focused on
St. Pete at Dusk
So, the quest is on. I already know what kind of practice I'll
have (Go Functional Med!), but I have no idea where. So I'm looking
into scope of practice in a variety of locations. From there I'll
be searching demographics--to see if the area can support a
practice of this type, and also--if I'd even want to live there.
One more slight complication--are any of these locations anywhere
near where Grey wants to go to college?
So, things can never be simple--can they? I accept this
challenge. It's exciting--to be thinking about and essentially
planning that kind of future--the one where I'm done with school.
Honestly, I can't remember a time when I wasn't in school (well I
can, but it's been a WHILE). All this work that I've been
doing--that all of us have been doing--is starting to come to
fruition. We're building our futures. That's pretty exciting!
Welcome back! How was your break?
I'm fresh from Part 1 of NBCE board exams. I'm still not sure
that I've recovered brain function--but I'm here. So, while I'm
still thinking about boards and analyzing my weekend experience,
I'll give all of you my thoughts on the matter. Here we go.
Andrea's Post-Board Decompression Thoughts
St. Pete Marina
So, now I go headfirst into Tri 6! WOW! There are lots of
classes this tri. It seems that we're moving rooms nearly every
hour. I think it's going to go fast. Christmas will be here before
we know it.
Have a Great Tri, everybody. I'll see you next week!
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