Short(ish) day today - first thing in the morning we concluded our very first CBL case - the patient thankfully did not have the cancer we were fearing would be inevitable dark turn on the part of the university. We had realised last time that an endoscopy and biopsy would be needed from the patient's oesophagus for a differential diagnosis, the results of which were available and we watched as the telling red patches of columnar epithelium came into view during the endoscopy video - the identifying marker for a condition known as Barrett's oesophagus. This allowed us to refine our chosen treatment plan and discuss long-term management due to the relatively higher risk of oesophageal cancer Barrett's imposes on the patient. Good outcome, we'll start a new case tomorrow.
The other half of the year was then on their conclusion sessions, so I retreated to the study area upstairs and started getting to grips with Anki, a free flashcard client for PC and mobile devices. Essentially you can create your own revision cards, and practice them using the software using spaced repetition to maximise your memory ability. I definitely need to add some nice images to my cards - at the moment they're just text, which isn't overly helpful for remembering some of the anatomy.
I then had a meeting in the afternoon with a representative from the marketing department, who had been in touch previously after seeing some of the videos featured on my YouTube channel - this went well, and I was basically just happy not to be told off for having filmed inside the medical school. More videos incoming! I had also earlier on submitted a request for the demographic data of my cohort (age, previous degree and educational level achieved) to produce an article/video on representation within my year.
In the evening we had our 'Medic Family Dinner'. We have each been allocated two medic 'parents', along with a sibling, just to provide some additional support during the transition to medical school and the difficult first year in general. My 'medic mum' Beth hosted three 'families' for the evening, and made some very delicious Mexican food. I was unsure about going initially due to being hit by a wave of freshers' flu symptoms, but I'm very glad I went in the end.