Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 2016

The months have been flying by and the Christmas season is now in full swing. November was action packed and ended in some well needed family time back in Baton Rouge after we completed what was seemingly the last full workload before the Christmas break. We completed our Renal Physiology Block at the beginning of November and wrapped up the Pulmonary block before the Thanksgiving break. Medical Pharmacology is all but done at this point, except for our GI block, and I can say it has been my favorite course thus far. The clinical relevance intertwined with the physiology and drug history has really helped provide a firm foundation of each drug class and their clinical applications. Currently we are knees deep into the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology course, which provides great background on understanding the foundations of laboratory techniques. 
This month I took a deviation from my typical service opportunities and was brought back to my old roots. While on Thanksgiving break, I was able to meet up with disabled athletes I use to work with and help with some workouts. It was great to come back and see their progress since the summer and give a helping hand. Both athletes we are training are over 60 years old and its incredible the determination these men have in their day to day lives, not just in the weight room. John is an auto-enthusiast, wood and metal worker and essentially a Jack of All trades.  Wayne is a straight-shooting auto mechanic who seems to always have a smile on his face despite any circumstance. The resilience these two men have shown throughout their lives, pre and post-accident, have provided a great point of reflection and perspective for myself. I am very thankful for the support and encouragement the pharmacology program provides when it comes to service opportunities. The day to day hustle that embodies a career in medicine can be overwhelming at some points and sometimes key components of who we are can get thrown to the way side without even realizing it. The encouragement from Tulane and the incorporation of service into our curriculum has been able to keep me connected to the roots of who I am while still broadening my academic horizons. I also had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity at their Restore center. It was a great opportunity to see a different side of New Orleans and make a new experience.

November Hours-10
Total Hours- 30

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October 2016

Phewwww. Glad that one's over! It has been a long arduous month of balancing school and other commitments, but all the hard work seems to be paying off. The beginning of October entailed tackling the cardiovascular block exam. I was a bit under the weather for the exam, but I have learned that the necessity to trudge on and persevere makes all the difference. It's very difficult when faced with adversity to stay focused and strong willed when the easiest solution is to take the path of least resistance. As an advancing medical professional, I am learning the fortitude, dedication and skills that are becoming necessary to excel in this field. The close of October marked the end of our study on Renal Pharmacology.  This block exam coincided with the Halloween festivities in New Orleans, so I opted to not partake in the New Orleans "tradition" of VooDoo Fest. The Renal Block provided a great supplemental knowledge about the cardiovascular system and showed how uniquely intertwined the two systems are. I now have a much greater appreciation for the collaboration between Cardiologist's and Nephrologist's in coordinating patient care. There is a delicate balance one must strike when coordinating care between these very important organs and their care can be antagonistic at times.

The service component of this program is helping me discover new passions of mine. While I have not been able to make much progress in terms of starting the power-lifting program, I have been finding success in volunteering at Sci High. I have been to several class sessions at Sci High thus far and even was a judge at their annual science fair. All my time has been spent helping the students in the Physical Science classroom prepare for the science fair and it was a fortunate opportunity I was able to judge the student’s projects I assisted with. Overall, I was very impressed with the projects and research these students did. Many of the students were asking questions well beyond their current grade level and most of them were seeking outside sources to fill the knowledge gaps where their curriculum was lacking. November brings a welcomes chill to Louisiana and another exciting month lays ahead!

Community Service- 20 Hours