It has been too long since I have posted so this may be a bit overwhelming but here goes nothing! We are all very relieved to have made it through the long winter. The bi-polar northwest weather kept us guessing, changing from hail to snow to a bright sunny day within hours. In the classroom it was a bit more consistent.
Since I have last posted we have had our annual open house for accepted and wait-listed students to come and visit the campus. Many of the current students and their significant others helped lead tours, participated in information panels, and answered many questions that the prospects inquired about life in the program. Overall it was a great success with a promising show of potential and enthusiasm.
Neuroscience definitely picked up toward the end of the quarter. The cumulative laboratory final was quite daunting walking into the classroom with brain cross-sections laid out all over the lab with pins identifying the structures. We all made it through and the subsequent two tests, including the final, were tough and in rapid succession, our brains working at full throttle. But above all Dr. V and his appropriately intermittent stories kept us laughing in class making the two hour class periods much more enjoyable.
In functional anatomy Dr. Nelson has effectively transformed all of us into the weirdos on campus. The second half of this quarter has been all about gait, gait, and more gait. We have been learning about gait deviations, causes, pathologies, patterns, etc and now we are constantly analyzing the gait of everyone on campus, identifying plantar flexion contractures and compensated trendelenburg signs. To say the least we have been getting some odd looks from fellow students. We capped it all off with a final practical where we all had the opportunity to play the role as the physical therapist as well as become one of those individuals that we had been watching ever so closely.
Clinical anatomy has finally come to an end. We had to say goodbye to the dissection bodies that were donated to us by the University of Washington. We finished off the remaining of our lab times disarticulating joints and dissecting out the visceral organs and pelvis. Using these bodies have really helped us put into context the organization and variation of the human musculoskeletal structure. Its great because we are now learning how to integrate that structural information and the functional implications into our intervention plans.
As soon as we really got to know Dr. Cleary in our diagnosis course, she is back on sabbatical. But she definitely did not leave us empty handed. She helped us learn some of the most important facets of physical therapy, like how to recognize when a patient presents with a problem that is outside of the scope of our practice. In the last few weeks before finals we went through all of the systems and identified signs, symptoms, and clinical presentations of diseases that primarily impact these systems.
It was a long road but spring break has arrived and we have all survived. As the weather gets better our spirits will continue blossom similar to the trees around campus (which are long overdue for some color). But the cold still seems to find its way into Spokane but we can all feel that Jack Frost is on his way out and the Easter Bunny will be bringing some more sun. =)