Week 13: A Little Taste Of Freedom

          Thanksgiving break came just at the right time! It has been amazing having some time to relax the past couple of days. Although the workload and my study schedules have not completely vanished, it felt great taking some time off to enjoy family (cook and eat too!), especially yesterday. I returned to my normal study regimen today (kind of), and my head will definitely be back in the books tomorrow.

          This school week was a short one; I only had classes on Monday and Tuesday. In ID, we focused on fungal infections (candidiasis, histoplasmosis…etc.) and in Anatomy, we continued to dissect Summer. This week we dissected Summer’s neck to uncover more muscles, vessels, and nerves in the area. Next week, we complete the semester-long dissection by excising the skin on Summer’s face, to uncover her facial muscles. For the past 13 weeks, we have had the faces of all of our cadavers covered with a towel, so I barely remember what Summer (or any cadaver) actually looks like. The unmasking should be interesting…

          I also mentioned last week that our final Behavioral Medicine lecture would entail all 54 of us students participating in an ethical scenario. The ethical scenario is actually based on a true malpractice case. The case involves a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, and based on the nature of her diagnosis, opts to undergo surgical removal of both of her breasts. Following surgery, as recommended by her oncologist, the same woman undergoes aggressive radiation therapy, and later survives a near death experience in the ICU (resulting from a complication of several combined post-surgical therapies). Long story short, from the beginning of her breast exam/biopsy, her name (and therefore chart and breast biopsy results) was switched with that of another patient. So, the woman who underwent the double mastectomy (removal of both breasts), and aggressive post-surgical therapy, did so for absolutely nothing…she never actually had the invasive breast cancer that she was mistakenly diagnosed with. This woman was counseled and treated by many healthcare professionals throughout the course of this specific malpractice case, and so there are many people to blame for such an occurrence. On Tuesday, each of us 54 students will play the role of one of the healthcare professionals that this patient encountered throughout the course of her faulty diagnosis and unnecessary treatment. It will be our job to diffuse the issue, if that is at all possible. I wonder what healthcare professional role I will play (I don’t find out until Monday night)…

          Only one more week of classes remain before finals begin. I hope to get as caught up, again, as possible by the end of this weekend, before I’m loaded up one last time with new information in this coming week. I can sense that my eat, sleep, study regimen is just around the corner…

This week’s question: True or false: The number of bones in the human wrist is equal to the number of bones in the human ankle.

Last week’s answer: A BRAT diet consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. 

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