Week 2, here we go. More lectures on the digestive system first thing, which surprisingly I found very interesting. Through my delirium I can't tell if I'm merely being browbeaten into submission by the amount of knowledge being thrown at me, or actually paying close attention. I suppose there isn't much in the way of functional distinctions there.
With that said, for some reason today I felt surprisingly energetic, despite getting just over five hours of (admittedly interrupted) sleep. I was at least awake enough to enjoy the third lecture of the day on cellular damage, by a pathologist guest speaker. The take-home message seemed to be that the specialty offers a very large degree of puzzle-solving, in part due to the myriad of ways in which cells can become decayed and broken.
We had lunch out on the quad (that's right, I'm cool) in the middle of campus. It seems enormous, and I have yet to explore the massive site - there just hasn't been time in the day, and it's much less compact than Newcastle. After this came CBL, in which we received further information on our heartburn patient, and had to provide what we thought was the most likely diagnosis alongside ideas for treatment. We opted for GORD as the diagnosis, which turned out to be correct, with the goal of weaning the patient off ibuprofen so we could switch her to proton-pump-inhibitors to prevent buildup of stomach acid in the first place and ease her management. Once again the whole team had done fantastic work in preparation, and I found that having fellow students quiz me on anatomy forced me to cement my learning.
The last session of the day was 'Study Skills', a reminder lecture on the structure of the exams and some advice on how to prepare for them. I came very close to not going to this (evidently many of my coursemates came a bit too close) and would have instead gone to the library to brush up on anatomy, but I'm pleased I stayed. There were some valuable tips, such as revising our more sociology-based modules hard because of their low information density but high mark scoring potential when it comes to exams. It seems tobe very much a case of trying to guess what can come up on the exams in advance and preparing that way, which is very likely going to mean writing myself a load of practice questions. No past papers released, mind.
We made it home in decent time, so I used the opportunity to cook a large meal and portion some off for lunch tomorrow (a tuna-based pasta dish in a tasteful Neapolitan sauce). We have the first of our student-led seminars tomorrow night, so I feel like I'll need the energy boost to last through the evening.
Although I had fully intended to crack on with some revision, I ended up engrossed in (and finishing) Adam Kay's book This Is Going To Hurt, a collection of secret diary passages recorded during his time as a doctor, from fresh-faced junior through to senior registrar. I won't spoil it because I highly recommend you all read it, but it's hilariously funny throughout, with melancholy sprinkled throughout. It's a brutally honest insight into the life of a hospital doctor, and I will do a full review soon. That aside, this is the fifth night in a row I've consumed dirt-cheap instant noodles before the bed, but only the second I've felt guilty about doing so.
You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Going-Hurt-Diaries-Bestseller/dp/150985861X/