Medical Foundations 2 COMPLETO! The above picture was taken right after our MF2 Clinical Reasoning Exam in support for 5-year-old Seth Lane. Seth was born with an immunodeficiency disorder and on March 27th, he as scheduled for a bone marrow transplant! He requested that people wear yellow to support and cheer him up #WearYellowForSeth. And yea…that’s the end of MF2. Time really flies by! We have about 4 more months of year 1 before we are being sent off to clerkship next year! Again, I want to thank my readers and followers
And yea…that’s the end of MF2. Time really flies by! We have about 4 more months of year 1 before we are being sent off to clerkship next year! In this post, I want to highlight cool things that happened this term since my last MF2 post.
Again, I want to thank my readers and followers for keeping up with my small blog posts. I really appreciate it and it is what keeps me writing whenever I can!
Learning Physical Exams with Model Instructors
Here at McMaster University, we are fortunate to have some model instructors to teach us certain physical exams. When learning the breast and rectal exam, we have plastic models to practice with. It’s great to have one (versus not having one at all) but of course, we always want to get the opportunity to feel a real one.
So we were excited to hear that we have model instructors for the pelvic exam. Model instructors are instructors who use their own body to teach and guide students through the exam. Our class was split up so that there are 4 students in each group with a model instructor. The model instructor first explained to us verbally how to do an external and internal pelvic exam (bimanual exam and cervical with speculum). Then she lets us take turn doing the exam on here. It was awkward at first, but that awkwardness went away really fast. It’s only awkward if you make it awkward and the instructor definitely didn’t make it that way. She focused on showing us the technique and making sure we are doing it right.
This experience was actually great! We all took turns putting a speculum in and looking for the cervix. We felt her ovaries as well! Learning by doing is always the best way to go. I’m sure model instructors are hard to get (and expensive to pay for) but the learning experience we got was 100% worth it!
Interprofessional Education: Dissection Course
As mentioned in my last MF2 post, I was lucky to have been selected to participate in this year’s IPE Dissection Course. I really appreciate all the people who donated their body to institutions for science and education. This is a privileged opportunity! In this course, all six health care programs worked in groups to dissect a cadaver. Each week we have a specific body area we are dissecting so we have to read up on the anatomy of that area before the dissection, which happens every Wednesday night for 10 weeks. We are also given case studies that relate to the body area we are dissecting and how each profession will manage that patient.
I was able to learn the human anatomy by dissecting, seeing and holding structures with my own hands. It was a really great learning opportunity! Some highlights from my experience in this 10 week dissection course:
- We found 39 gallstones in our cadaver’s gallbladder
- We get to see different pathologies in each cadaver. Eg. our cadaver had a cirrhotic liver vs another group had a fatty liver
- Holding the brain and heart in my hands was the coolest experience ever
- The lungs feel like a sponge and we can really separate the lobes
- We were able to appreciate the amount of atherosclerosis and arthritis in an older person
- When cutting way the muscles in the neck, we were shown where a tracheotomy and cricothyrotomy would be done.
- The bladder and uterus were smaller than we imagined
- One of my favourites was unravelling the ligaments holding the knee and knee cap together
I love my interprofessional group! We have students from nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, midwifery, and, of course, PAs! We bring different knowledge to the table. For example, the OTs and PTs were amazing at explaining the muscle and bone anatomy to us when we worked on dissecting the upper and lower limbs. The medical students, PA students, and nursing students in turn helped with the anatomy of the internal organs. The midwifery student definitely helped us when we got to the reproduction organs. We did not just learn anatomy, we also learned the clinical important of each organ. Being able to work in a diverse interprofessional group makes me happy. It also helped me gain a better understanding of their profession. The future of health care is working in interdisciplinary teams. I really believe that learning together will help us work together when we graduate.
We got SWAG
We finally got us some PA SWAG! These were ordered through a third party company. This is a Gildan hoodie that comes in maroon or sweater grey with our MPASA logo embroidered on the left chest. There’s an optional personalization on the right sleeve. Great for wearing it over scrubs when it gets chilly in the hospital! Read more here!