Week 15: One Down!

          I’m free! I cannot believe that I survived the past two weeks. They were two physically, emotionally, and mentally draining weeks, but in the end, it was worth all of the stress and exhaustion. Thankfully, all six of my finals went very well, and the time I spent studying for each of the exams was worth my while. Compared to our Anatomy lab midterm, I felt much more prepared for the final, and knew all six of those cadavers’ bodies inside (literally) and out. The two Clinical Medicine finals (Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease) were challenging, but fair, as well as the other three exams (Physiology, Behavioral Medicine, and Anatomy). So, needless to say, I am very happy and relieved to be done with my first semester of PA school.

          Now that I have a month off (I begin my next semester towards the end of January), I have a few assignments to complete, but nothing that should get in my way of finally being able to relax a bit. For one of my courses next semester, Epidemiology, I have to read Freakonomics (by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner), and for one of the medical specialty courses (Cardiology), I have an EKG textbook and workbook to complete before beginning the course. I’ve always marveled at how quickly clinicians interpret EKGs and can tell in less than a minute whether or not the displayed patterns are normal. I’m sure it will take plenty of practice before I get to that stage…

          I remember posting my first blog a mere four months ago, so eager to begin school, so unsure of what to expect, unsure of how I would adapt to the abrupt transition from undergrad to graduate studies. I have learned so much in the past fifteen weeks, more than I ever imagined I would or could learn in that time, and not only about medicine, but about myself as well. With 45 weeks of schooling remaining before my clinical rotations begin, there is still so much more to be learned, and this is what excites me most about continuing forward. But, for now, it’s officially break time!

          I’ll start posting again a few weeks from now to introduce the courses I’ll be taking next semester, so make sure to start checking back for new blogs mid-January. Also, if you haven’t already done so, you can click on the ‘Subscribe’ tab in the lower right corner of your computer screen (on the bottom of this webpage) and supply your email address, so you can be reminded of new posts.

How did your final go? Answers: Mononucleosis; Sciatic nerve; Two; Infectious Disease; 11

5 thoughts on “Week 15: One Down!

  1. So happy for you. I have been following your blog and am fascinated at not only how well you write but how challenging PA school has been. I am so proud of you and I know that someday you will the best PA. Dad would be so proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work!! Love, Aunt Teresa

  2. Uncle Mario,

    Aunt Teresa said it all -what more can I say? However, thanks for sharing your
    experiences and inner thoughts with us – I not only enjoyed reading your blogs
    but educated myself re: the difficulties in becoming a PA. Your Grade – A+

  3. Woohoo! You’re finished– you were stressing me out for a bit there. Freakonomics is a great book, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it 🙂 Enjoy your month of freedom. Semester one, done!

  4. Thank you all for the comments/feedback and support. I really appreciate that you have all been following my blog. I’m very relieved to be done, as you can all imagine. Diane, I hope to speak to you soon (Christmas day??)!

  5. We really enjoy reading your blog…probably the only thing we do on the computer together …. besides e-mail…..we are learing a lot from you …keep up the good work…we love ya and wish you a healthy and happy New Year…..Love aunt el and uncle bob

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