Monday January 5, 2009
Its a new year and another semester of PA school.
Unlike last semester, our first class on Monday’s is at 10am. Ah, the extra sleep is well appreciated. We started today with pharmacology. Like I said before, we have this class every semester of our didactic year. The cool thing is its not like a new class. We actually just continued from t he exact point that we left off at.
The next class at 11am was clinical physiology. This class isn’t much different from the physiology class we took last semester, but this class is taught in the PA department. We basically go over the physiology of whatever body system we are covering in clinical medicine II which is our other class for today. Actually in physiology we are covering neurology, which we have covered in the physiology class last week, but just in more detail and newer material this go round.
After lunch we started our clinical medicine II class. The topic we are coverng is Cardiology. A very important topic. We have been told that the board exam is like 60% cardiology. So I have to make sure to focus on this material. We started with an hour and a half lecture on cardiology basics. Just going over the anatomy and the basic vocabulary and ideas.
From 2:30 to 3:00 we had a short lecture on ACLS or Advanced Cardiac Life Support. We all have to be certified before we can go on rotations. The whole course is being taught by a PA-C that works in the MCG emergency department. Lucky for us the course is only costing us $50 compared to the hundred and something it would else where. I’m a little worried in the fact that ACLS is not supposed to be easy, but i’m sure it will go just fine.
The last lecture of the day was on chest pain and thoracic aortic aneurysms. We watched a video on how a kid had a aneurysm that doctors did find. In fact the family had a history of it, but the doctors would not listen when the family told them about it. In the end the kid died, but the family is trying to increase awareness about aneurysms.
So the third semester looks like it is going to really focus on clincial medicine. We also has small groups again, but this time we will be out in practice working on real patients. We won’t start this for a few weeks, but im ready to see where I have to go.
So our scheule looks like this: