Day 57 - Better inside the Patient (20/11/2017)

Monday once again, and it's the start of Week 3 of the second Block. We had a guest consultant anaesthetist speaker from UHCW come in and talk us about the structure and function of the heart, alongside a basic explanation of how to interpret an ECG. There was a rather dark comment in there somewhere about 'blood sometimes ending up on the floor rather than inside the patient' due to the nature of their conditions. Our Block lead indicated to us before the end that the lecturer in question had actually not slept properly in several days, and had spent a significant amount of time last night preparing his slides instead of recuperating. We're sort of past the stage of clapping at the end of lectures now, but I did awkwardly initiate one this time - the guy deserved it.

This was followed by a lecture entitled 'Helping patients change behaviour' which examined the psychological factors that influence health behaviour, and the extent to which physicians are able to help patients initiate change in their lives. This briefly touched upon the psychology of how behaviours are learned, referencing back to old favourites such as Skinner and Pavlov. I did a module in first year of my biology degree on behaviour and drug use, so some of it at least did come back. As with most SocPop sessions there were a few models to learn that attempt to explain patient behaviour, with some clinical relevance thrown in for good measure.

SocPop presents a bit of a strange situation where a good percentage of the room's occupants seem to disappear before it happens. I'm not sure whether this due to the type of teaching, the fluffy nature of the content or some combination of the two factors. It is obviously very important to know and understand - I don't think that's disputed. Something to think about perhaps with regards to the way I teach myself.

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CBL was slightly different this time - we had a reflective dialogue at the beginning where we voiced our opinions on and concerns with how things have gone so far in the block. We identified some areas to change, such as using more interactive activities for our revision presentations, and focusing more heavily on normal anatomy and physiology rather than dwelling on the case itself. One of my colleagues also baked some unbelievably good cookies and brownies, which always contributes significantly to team satisfaction.