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Fall Weather and Sensitive Exams

by Oct 16, 2020

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I decided to go home for the weekend. I wanted to switch out my car (I like to borrow a 4-wheel drive car to get through the Chicago winters) and thought I would take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather and break from the Week-5 midterm exams. I left after my clinic shift on Thursday and came back on Sunday. I ended up driving approximately 24 hours, and only being in Maryland for 36 hours, but nonetheless, it was totally worth it!

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I ended up getting to enjoy some more Maryland Seafood (aka Maryland Blue Crabs) for the last time this season–I can never get enough of those!

In other recent events, I was finally able to do my Male and Female Sensitive Exams. This is typically a dreaded component/requirement during 7th trimester. It involves doing a full sensitive exam (prostate exam on a male, and a pelvic exam on a female) on a standardized patient. I was super nervous going into it. We weren’t able to do it over the summer due to COVID restrictions, so we had to do it during our 8th trimester.

It ended up being a very cool (if that is the right word to use), educational, and beneficial experience. In addition to being taught the proper way to do the actual exams, we were coached on proper communication terminology, and other types of etiquette which I found very helpful. I don’t see myself doing these types of exams in my future practice, however I have confidence in my ability to find something if there is something there if I ever need to do one in the future. I am super grateful for the knowledge and experience I gained from those encounters!

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Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith

My name is Belinda, but I prefer to go by Lindy. I am in my final year as a Naturopathic Medical student at National University of Health Sciences. I’m originally from Maryland and will always consider it to be my home. I live on campus, in the Bucholz building with my dog, Lily. I love the sport of triathlon and will totally geek out if anyone wants to talk bikes or racing with me! I’m looking forward to blogging about study tips, ways to have fun on campus, and all the details of a full-time medical student. I love talking with people, so if you have any questions please email me at [email protected]


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