1st quarter was 18.5 credits with the bulk of our study efforts going towards anatomy (7 credits) and biochem (4 credits). 2nd quarter is very different. We have upped the credits to 22.5 but we have a lot more classes:
- Clinical medicine
- Physical diagnosis
- Interdisciplinary studies
- Evidence based medicine
Luckily no class is worth more than 4 credits this quarter. I was worried about the load before getting started. And although it is a lot to keep on top of, I'm liking this quarter so far. It helps that I had 2 exams already and rocked them. (Yes!) Never really felt like that last quarter...
I also am enjoying most of my classes. Clinical medicine is SO relevant and we get to talk about cases and how to work through them. Physical diagnosis is fun because we get to use our tools and learn how to examine patients. Plus I'm pretty sure everyone feels super cool when they throw their stethoscope around their neck ;-)
I'm also enjoying seeing where my previous ER scribe job is helping me along the way. I think the biggest help has been being familiar with terminology. If I hadn't had that experience, I think I would freak out every time they used abbreviations... ROS, SOB, A&OX3, CVD, NKDA, UTD, G2P2.
My biggest struggle right now is TV on Netflix. I didn't watch very much TV over the summer. I really didn't have the time. But I started watching Brothers and Sister on my week off and I can't stop. I try to only watch it when I need a meal break but those episodes are 45 minutes long. It does NOT take me that long to eat. And Grey's Anatomy season 7 just went streaming.... I'm so in trouble!