Day 149 - Back at the Bedside (19/02/2018)

I very much think the stress of finals is starting to dawn on people. Well, perhaps less stress than the knowledge of our own impending potential failure.

Regardless, we were back in hospital for bedside teaching in the morning. Our first patient was of similar age to us in the group, which was a change in dynamic compared to what we're used to. In the group we were each tasked with performing an exam or taking the history. In my case that was performing a cardiovascular exam on the second patient, during which I was very hesitant to perform part of the raised-JVP test for fear of hurting the patient.

After the bedside teaching had finished, our consultant very kindly took us all for a coffee and we had a general chat about the state of the NHS and the best ways to raise concerns if we had any genuine bugbears. It was a really nice experience just to level with a member of the profession we're all going into and getting a general feel for how things are.

Quite happy with my scores!

Quite happy with my scores!

Thankfully I received the marks from my case report (which I'd hurriedly bashed out in a single day) and scored well, receiving an 'excellent' for all but two of the categories. This means that I've passed one of the two required case reports, so the pressure is off for the next one. I'm not sure when it's going to be done, but I will aim to complete it ASAP so the second is done and out of the way.

Muscular comaprtments of the thigh and leg from CBL

Muscular comaprtments of the thigh and leg from CBL

Useful image from Student Seminar on the structure of arteries in the leg

Useful image from Student Seminar on the structure of arteries in the leg

In the afternoon we headed back to uni and had a CBL session, during which one of our group members (who holds a sports science degree) drew on another member of the group with skin-safe pens to demonstrate the positions of the muscle groups. Again, it was a fantastic way to visualise how they all overlap and interact, particularly in some of the more obscure cases.