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Greetings to All,
We have been in school now for a full month, and it seems like time is passing by so fast. We have had our first few tests to start off our second year and now I am getting back into the mix of things in regards to studying and preparing for class. Last week we had a Pharmacology test that was pretty tough for most of us. It seems like after awhile the drug names start to look and sound the same. We also had a Theory & Methods III test which wasn't as bad considering it was based on equipment and drugs that we already use on a daily basis such as the Slit Lamp, Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, Direct Ophthalmoscopy, Epinephrine, Tropicamide, etc. For the most part though our test schedule puts us at about 1-2 tests per week, and in my head if I can make it through October, November and December (except finals) will be a lot less stressful.
As second years, we are also getting some of our first patient encounters. We travel to different schools in the Memphis area performing school screenings which consist of visual acuities, cover tests, retinoscopy, and direct ophthalmoscopy. So far I have really enjoyed the experience. I knew it would be a great opportunity to improve on my technique and also improve my communication skills with young children. I feel if you can communicate and work with a child, you can work with just about anyone.
SCO recently had Convocation and Homecoming which was a blast. It was a pleasant experience seeing the incoming class receive their White Coats and walk across the stage to shake Dr. Phillips' hand. It really shows that time flies by while you are here in school because it seemed like yesterday I was walking across the stage with my White Coat. Also during convocation, the other classes were given individual awards and scholarships for any academic or clinical success. I was one of ten to receive a “First Year Clinical Science Award.” Those long hours of practicing technique actually do pay off.
Homecoming was also nice in that there was plenty of Memphis BBQ and lots of games to play. My wife and son came and enjoyed the festivities as well. He got to play in the Bounce House and also got a fishing pole balloon that he absolutely loved.
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Next up on the schedule is a Medical Pathology test, so I guess I should be studying for that.
So Until Next Time… Later~