Hi all! Here’s this month’s update.
- In Physical Diagnosis (PDx) at the beginning of the month, we learned how to perform the dreaded GU (genitourinary) exam. I won’t go into excruciating detail, but for the most part, it wasn’t that bad. There’s a company called Clinical Skills, USA, whose sole purpose is to teach med students (mostly in the Southeast) how to do this exam. The people who came for this session simultaneously assume the role of patient and instructor and guide us through the process. There were some awkward moments, as well as some enlightening ones. We’re currently in the Pediatrics block of PDx, with Psych/Neuro soon to come.
- At the time of this writing, we’re in week 3 of our last preclinical block, Brain and Behavior. Our excitement for this course, which upperclassmen celebrated as being well-taught and informative despite its difficulty, quickly became trepidation as we realized how many changes we would be facing in our version of the class. The curricular landscape at Vanderbilt has undergone some pretty radical changes, and since my class is the “hybrid” between the old curriculum and the new curriculum, much of our experience has been difficult to navigate. I was a bit stressed about this course even a few days ago, but now that I’ve sat down and started to figure out a plan for myself, I’m a bit more optimistic. We’ll be in this course until December, when we’re out of class to study for the USMLE Step 1 exam until February. After that (in March), we’ll be on the wards.
- On the 20th and 21st, the medical school had College Cup, a huge intramural tournament featuring sporting events, a cooking competition, trivia, and other events. Upon matriculation, first-year students are split into four advisory colleges, which serve a number of purposes. One of the purposes for the past 7 years has been this competition. This year, my College, Chapman, took first place for the first time, beating second-place Batson College by a mere 10 points! Our victory made my participation in Spirit Showdown (dancing, etc), Iron Chef, board games, and trivia all the more worthwhile.
- Last week, I taught a hip hop class for my classmates through VMS Dance. It was a small class (only 3 people showed up), but I think all of us had fun. It continues to show me that I am capable of teaching, even if it terrifies me.