I think everyone was very happy to see this week finally arrive. We had a short week at school, starting on Monday with a final exam in epidemiology. Then the remainder of the day was set aside for skills checkoffs. We had to demonstrate aspirating and injecting a knee or injecting a shoulder. So you go into a room alone with a disembodied knee (for me) or shoulder, and talk your way through the proper technique, while trying to demonstrate as well. I think I did OK. It's a really odd experience talking to a fake body part. There is a camera recording everything once you walk in the door, so I'm really glad I didn't trip. On Tuesday, we had OMM lecture and lab, and then we were FREE! Well, sorta.
See there's also the anatomy practical from a few weeks' back hanging over our heads. The majority of the class failed it miserably, and the instructors have been deciding what they were going to do. So instead of a nice restful Christmas break, we have a take-home practical to complete during the holiday. I'm grateful, actually. I was going to spend the break studying for anatomy anyway, because when we get back, we only have two weeks left in this block, and the last week will pretty much be finals. This will actually help me study for the anatomy final, so I'm glad to have that to focus my study. It kinda sucks that it's during Christmas break, though.
I guess this is what it's like for "REAL" doctors, right? It's not like I won't have patients needing me for the two weeks at the end of the year. Seems like people tend to need doctors MORE when the holidays arrive. So chalk it up as another "Welcome to med school and the reality for doctors everywhere" kind of experience. I doubt it will be the last.
I hope everyone is having a nice break, and you are able to celebrate with people you love. I'm so happy to have awesome family and friends that support me in this crazy adventure. There have been a lot of people who have taken up my slack, and I hope that one day I will be able to make it up to them. Merry Christmas, everyone!