Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Slight Turning Point

I had a slight breakthrough with my course at university. I know this may not interest some of you but for those of you who are interested, my course is basically based around diagnostics. Being a doctor without the patient contact time or the money. It's the behind the scenes aspects. We tell the doctor what your body is telling us is wrong, and they create a treatment plan with some guidance from us.

Today, instead of the learning, and trying to remember endless facts we were given case studies. Case studies, based around Microbiology (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.), of patients presenting with symptoms and possible causes. We had to identify the culprit (organism) causing the problems as well as discussing the methods we would use to diagnose the patient.

I know it sounds pretty boring, but it was fun. It was wonderful being able to interact and think for ourselves more than we would normally do in a lecture or tutorial. I felt like I was on Gregory House's team and needed to engage and come up with the correct answer as well as reasons why other people's answers were incorrect. Of course the lecturer running the session wasn't as rude and discouraging as House, but he was witty and that made it more enjoyable. And of course I'm grateful there wasn't a real patient in need of urgent attention, as we'd probably hinder their health before we helped it, but that'll get quicker with time!

I just needed to write this to remind myself in the future, when I'm feeling down about my course or the reasons why I'm doing it, to recall this day. I need to remember that at the end of the next year and a half, I could be doing this, all over again, but for real, and at the moment that excites me more than anything!

I could happily do this for a living.