Mondays of the first week of a module are always the worst. They are so bad, in fact, that it is Thursday and I am just now finally coming up for air and taking a break to tell you about Monday. (If we’re getting picky, it’s April, and I’m pretty sure I never told you about January, but you’re smart. I know you’ll catch up quickly.)
The problem with the Monday of the first week of the module is that we’re tackling an entirely different system of the body than in previous modules, complete with totally foreign language (zona pellucida, ischiocavernosus and dihydrotestosterone are among this week’s words) and long lists of anatomy memorization and identification. On the bright side, I am already experiencing first-hand the real world application of my broadening vocabulary—last night my Scrabble queue was one letter short of spelling “alveoli,” which would’ve been a killer seven-letter masterpiece, for sure.
Anyway, aside from having to Google my way through the terminology, the first week is also the toughest because we have little or no base when it comes to learning about the module’s organ system. We begin by learning the basic physiology, histology and anatomy from scratch. Weeks two and three run more smoothly because we’ve laid the groundwork and are building on top of it with related pathology—for me, the knowledge learned in the first week is solidified when I pair with it how and why, in some cases, the body just doesn’t function as it should.
Hopefully these next few weeks will shed light on the overload of material that just doesn’t seem to stick during the first few days of every new module. In the meantime, if you need me, I’ll be memorizing reproductive anatomy and/or planning my impending summer vacation.
(Source: allisoneargent, via bossypants)