Hello!! How was your Christmas!? And, indeed, your New Year!? I had a very quiet festive season and stayed at home with my family; it was lovely. Excitingly, I received a digital camera from my parents for Christmas and have been putting it to good use taking photos of just about everything and anything!! =]
Other than that, everything has been going smoothly this term! We finished Block 9 on the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems and have moved on to begin our SSCs. At the end of block 9, we had a mock exam, which was entirely formative. However, I still want to do well and, fingers crossed, it all goes smoothly. At the time, I was really worried it hadn’t gone as well as it could but since when has anyone ever thought otherwise about an exam?
My SSC has been excellent so far though I’ve only been in one week. Me and the 11 other students taking “Understanding Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disease” met the two heads of the SSC on Monday for a few hours where we discussed what we already know, what we were hoping to gain, and how best to do this. So far, my timetable looks amazing. The majority of time is spent in clinics with patients suffering from conditions like Arthritis or Asthma, so we should get some fantastic hands-on experience. Moreover, the tutors have organised numerous lectures from important figures in both research and diagnostics, meaning we’ll be getting loads of theory too! The only slight downside is that we have to write a 3500 word dissertation by the end of the 5 weeks on any of the new treatments for these conditions. I’ve spent most of the week researching via journal websites such as nature and am fairly certain that I wish to write mine on the new anti-IgE antibody treatments for asthma, as, being asthmatic (woop woop!!), I have a personal interest.
Other than that, not much has happened this term as I’ve just been studying mainly. We did receive our coursework results two weeks ago and I passed!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS.
On a side note, I posted a December blog but it appears to be missing….I’ll need to look into that……
Today, I found myself giving 3 students who came for interviews today a tour of the medical school. One was Swedish, one Polish and the other Lithuanian so, to say there were some language barriers was to seriously underappreciate the situation. Just kidding, they all spoke phenomenal English so it was all good. However, they did ask some serious questions about the best and worst things in Glasgow. Indeed, one of them even asked me what the admissions process was like for Edinburgh medical school…….I was just like “em, different to the one at Glasgow!!! Next question!?”
I also saw Avatar yesterday. Now, I don’t know about you lot, but when I saw it I was like “Pocahontas anyone?”
I’ve recently joined a study group with some of my friends so hopefully that will be fun and educational. It’s a win win situation!!!
Not really that much to report other than that! Hope you’re all having a blast!!!