Finished my medical block today! Had practical exams today and yesterday, and the written the Friday before. Its been a long week, especially since I helped out with the C.A.S.M (Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine) course on Saturday. The C.A.S.M workshop was a lot of fun. It’s basically a workshop (CME) for doctors from across Canada. It was held at our school and a couple of us (PCP students) helped volunteer our time to assist in one of our teacher’s workshops (pre-hospital spinal immobilizations and splinting). It sure was an interesting experience giving advice and helping teach doctors. What was more interesting was seeing how the mindsets of transferring people who are used to working in in-hospital settings to environments of the pre-hospital setting where there are a lot more variables, different stressors, less tools, and being more or less the sole provider to multiple patients (MCI). I learned a lot from the doctors too, including how to reduce ankles, knees, and shoulders.
Stress sure was in the air the last several days with the medical block exams. It was nice to feel the tension ease as the days progressed. Our class did really well with everybody passing with no remedials. I also brought a frisbee along to class, and tossing it around in the sun during the breaks definitely helped with the stress levels. I can’t believe it, but there’s only two weeks left before we’re done school and move onto on-car precepting. The last 5 months have been really long. I don’t think I’ve ever had so little sleep or worked so hard, yet looking back, it seems to have gone by too fast. It’ll be strange waking up and not having to go to class, or seeing the usual twenty something odd people that I see almost every single day on average for 10hrs. Yet at the same time, I’ll be feeling relief to sleep in some, relax, and finally have time to do the things I enjoy again.
I’m looking forward to this Friday when we’ll be doing simulations with the police with real actors involved. Should be interesting 😀 As for now, no time to relax or rest, three more exams and a quiz left to go.