Day 43 - Blood, Heart and Lungs (06/11/2017)

First day of teaching for Block 2. We’re in 9-5.30, and I’ve had a princely 152 minutes of sleep. Still room for improvement. I ended up uploading a ton of photos and video footage for the Revue cast, as well as filming and editing another diary video before finally getting to sleep. Very laborious and time-consuming, but I don’t regret it. The cast seem to be very happy with the results, which is more than good enough for me.

Block 2 is all about the upper abdomen – the heart, lungs and the blood that pumps through them. We had an introduction to the block from our new Block Lead, and jumped straight into anatomy teaching. We started with the ‘nasal’ parts of the skull, moved onto the ear, and finally the pharynx. So many new words, so little time.

In the afternoon this was followed by a lecture on fluid dynamics within tubes, which seemed bizarre given the title of our degree course. It quickly became clear why it was relevant once clinical cases were brought up. For example, if flow through a tube (or blood vessel) is obstructed, how is the motion of the liquid in question affected in terms of its velocity? Or equally, how does the heart have to compensate for the drop in pressure that would result, and what are the long-term consequences of that change?

Careers talk afterwards, talking us step-by-step through the factors we will be assessed on when it comes to applying for foundation training posts. I found this immensely valuable, as it spells out exactly what we need to be doing with our spare time if seeking competitive placements. The Warwick URSS (Undergraduate Research Support Scheme) opened up today, which provides funding for summer projects – definitely something I want to engage with. Just need to think up a project and find a supervisor.