Soooo glad this week is over! I had four quizzes, an OTM critique over rib diagnoses and treatments, and a case presentation for Infectious Diseases, so it was pretty busy. I have an SP today and a block exam on Monday, so I still have a lot of studying to do, but, honestly, I am just glad to be done with all that.
This past week we’ve spent a lot of time learning about respiratory diseases – particularly asthma and COPD. So in Pharmacology we are learning all about bronchodilators, antimuscarinics, corticosteroids, etc. I am still trying to figure out the best way to try and learn drug names. They are just so ridiculous; I don’t know how to commit them to memory. Salmetrol, formoterol, indacaterol, beclomethasone, fluticasone, zafirlukast, monelukast, aaaaaahhhhhhhh!
I can’t keep drugs straight, and so far we’ve only covered like fifteen of them for two different diseases. I don’t know how on earth I will keep them straight when we add the next 5,000 or so. And that is to say nothing of dosing…
Whatever. No time to worry about that now. Also this week we did our first “Mock Match” for rotation sites. Nick and I are thinking we want to go to Arizona. It is a pretty popular site, but there are also a lot of spots, so I think our chances of going there are pretty good. I think we have one or two more mock matches before the real thing in October.
In other news, I am getting new glasses today. Pretty exciting…I will finally be able to see the board in class! (The past year has been like third grade all over again…) Since I spent most of my time this week preparing for case presentations, I am kind of behind in every other class, so I have a busy weekend ahead of me. I am really looking forward to taking a nap on Monday after the exam… Happy Friday!
And – don’t forget to celebrate a little since it is your 25th birthday. Many blessing to you today.
Happy Birthday! On the drug names….. perhaps they are making you memorize them, but that is unfortunate. My advice is to keep an electronic (mobile) drug reference at your fingertips so you don’t have to memorize and keep up with all the names, and ask your closest pharmacist which one from that class is the most cost-effective! 🙂 Then you can just remember ONE from each class.
Maybe I will just keep my uncle on speed dial!