Examinations

Medical school examinations have to deal with practical problems. For all of the classes I’m taking, they test us students by giving us a setting and they want us to know exactly what is going on with the patient in a certain setting. The teachers test our knowledge, by telling us a certain problem in a diagnosis and they ask questions of what enzyme is being affected, or what tissue is damaged, etc. I guess this gives us an introduction of what is to come for us medical students. I find it interesting because it has to deal with applications.

Cutting the Skeletal Muscles

Today was the second day of my lab.  We further dissected the cadavers through the skeletal muscle.  We opened up the pectorolis major and pectorolis minor.  My group found the axiallary artery, located near the clavicle bone (collar bone); it’s a very thick vessel that provides blood and nutrients to the upper limbs.  It was very interesting to see all the wires that lie within us.  Since I got my hands dirty yesterday, I decided to fall back and just see my other group members play surgeons today.   The supervising professor came to our area and pointed out certain areas to look into for those who are thinking about going into surgery for specialization.  I thought about surgery but then I had second thoughts about it because I can’t function without descent hours of sleep.   A surgeon has to break his/her sleep and has to be on the call, but not only during his residency, but also after residency.  I’ll struggle with little sleep during my residency but I don’t think I can keep that up for the rest of my career.
I didn’t stay next to the body for long, I had to walk around.  The corpse had aldehyde which I think is a preservative; the fumes which the body had, made my eyes watery.

First Time Dissecting a Cadaver

Today, I saw my first cadaver that I will cut.  It was a 91-year-old woman.  First I passed by another group’s cadaver and I had a little chill run up my spine as soon as I saw their corpse’s head, but it disappeared within seconds.  However when I went to the body that my group and I were to cut, I was ready to dissect.  Our group was divided in half; one half was to dissect and the other were to read the instruction.  We got through the skin, and went into the subcutaneous layer.  Our corpse was old and she hardly had any fat.  I didn’t feel like as if I was dissecting a human instead, I felt like dissecting a frog or an animal from high school, in Biology lab.  I took my turn as I cut certain amount of skin and scraped off fat from the body. 
We all wore either white lab coats or scrubs.  Apparently the head office in Chicago forgot to tell us to bring our own latex gloves.  I had a box of them in America, and now I regret not bringing them along.  Now I have to buy them from here and I know I’ll be paying more than if I had bought them from America.