Midterm week(s) is the time of the trimester devoid of reflection. Midterms is the time to hunker down, rehash covered concepts, make sure the latest lectures are covered, and the first round of papers have been completed and turned in either electronically or as hard copies. 

This past week or so has consisted of a combination of study, online quizzes, classroom quizzes, papers and now...midterms! That being said, this week's entry will be a bit abbreviated as I have just finished a paper on the style of practice I plan to exercise with my patients, and whether that style is informative, collaborative, deliberative, or paternalistic. Once I have turned that paper in electronically (very convenient), I will complete my "mop up" studying for a dermatology midterm tomorrow.

I define mop up studying as covering the concepts that I don't have a firm grasp upon as an exam approaches. While I study for exams, as I feel I have mastered a topic or concept, I move away from that concept and take on another topic. While I review as exam day approaches, I take the concepts that I'm not as comfortable with and spend a bit more time with them to help reinforce any "weak spots" in my learning for that exam. Takes a little more preparation ahead of time, yet I can spread out my study and not feel as compelled to cram for exams.

Once I complete the final study for Dermatology, I will move to Advanced Botanical Prescribing and study the botanicals suited for the respiratory tract in preparation for that midterm later this week. This is a busy time over the next couple of weeks and at the same time, whether from three years of practice at this point, the joining of the concepts and improvement in efficiency, or pure enjoyment of my classes, studying just doesn't seem like the chore it was back in the fall of 2010. The light is at the end of the tunnel, and I'm pretty sure it's not a train.

2013-02-27_rootveggieguyUntil next week, I'll leave you with a handy and easy recipe for making a nice root veggie side dish for the week. This dish provides plenty of carotenoids, minerals and fiber! Root Veggie Guy gives it the thumbs up!

Roasted Root Veggies 


  • 3 Organic Parsnips
  • 3 Organic Carrots (Large)
  • 1 Large Organic Beet


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the Parsnips and Carrots (1/8 inch thick).
  • Dice the Beet (1/4 cubes).
  • Add to a large cooking sheet or casserole dish.
  • Cook for 60 minutes, turning every 15 minutes.

Makes about 5 servings (enough for lunch Mon-Fri).