Human Anatomy at Colby

JanPlan 2019

February 3rd, 2019 · Comments Off on JanPlan 2019

This semester we learned a lot of material in a very short amount of time. We were introduced to the body structure and function in a modified fashion which still was a lot of information. However the speed at which we learned this material is very reflective of what medical school will be like which is in the near future for most of us in the class. Coming into the class what I knew about medical school was limited to what I looked up online and had heard from the premed advisor. So needless to say I knew next to nothing. Being exposed to a class that was designed to reflect a medical school class was an amazing opportunity and it taught me a lot about myself.

I was able to learn that I was going to need to be flexible to other learning styles if I wanted to be successful in the future. The same study strategies I had used my entire life were not going to work with the extensive amount of material thrown at me in graduate level classes. If I wanted to do well in the future I was going to need to learn to adapt and find multiple methods in order to succeed. Also I learned a lot about managing stress. Stress is an inevitable part of being a student especially in the higher levels of education. A lot is expected of you and sometimes it is hard to manage these expectations along with a healthy lifestyle. Dr. K’s style

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Jan Plan 2019

February 3rd, 2019 · Comments Off on Jan Plan 2019

This semester we learned a lot of material in a very short amount of time. We were introduced to the body structure and function in a modified fashion which still was a lot of information. However the speed at which we learned this material is very reflective of what medical school will be like which is in the near future for most of us in the class. Coming into the class what I knew about medical school was limited to what I looked up online and had heard from the premed advisor. So needless to say I knew next to nothing. Being exposed to a class that was designed to reflect a medical school class was an amazing opportunity and it taught me a lot about myself.

I was able to learn that I was going to need to be flexible to other learning styles if I wanted to be successful in the future. The same study strategies I had used my entire life were not going to work with the extensive amount of material thrown at me in graduate level classes. If I wanted to do well in the future I was going to need to learn to adapt and find multiple methods in order to succeed. Also I learned a lot about managing stress. Stress is an inevitable part of being a student especially in the higher levels of education. A lot is expected of you and sometimes it is hard to manage these expectations along with a healthy lifestyle. Dr. K’s planning of the class introduced me to a class where my metal state and wellbeing were taken into account. With this method I was able to find ways to manage outside of class stress as well as class related stress while also maintaining my grades. This definitely was not easy but I think I made some steps in the right direction. I will need to use these strategies in my future class and focus on finding other strategies as well if I want to reach a point where I am able to manage my stress levels and at the same time continue to do well in my classes.

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Anatomy Lessons

February 3rd, 2019 · Comments Off on Anatomy Lessons

As someone who plans to enter the medical field at some point in their future but has yet to decide on a specific direction, I cannot recommend this course highly enough. While one month is really only enough time to scratch the surface of human anatomy and physiology, the amount of material we covered and the value of the experience we had should not be understated. Dr. Klepach has managed to run this course in such a way that we are able to cover and retain a huge amount of information without feeling overburdened or losing interest. Activities like the BMI lab and heart dissection gave us the opportunity to engage with the material we were learning in lecture beyond simply looking at models. Presenting case studies from the New England Journal of Medicine in our grand rounds project, and touring Inland hospital while hearing about the experiences of medical proffessionals were also invaluable experiences for those of us seeking to enter the medical field. However, my recommendation of this class is not limited to only those interested in Biology. Some of the most import lessons I took away from this course were not directly related to anatomy and physiology.

From day one, dr. Klepach made it clear that in his mind success was not defined by a letter grade received at the end of the course, but rather in the ability to find a balance between work and healthy living. We were constantly reminded to manage our stress levels, exercise, maintain a balanced diet, and get enough sleep. While slightly unexpected at the beginning, it was reassuring to see a professor as interested in how our lives were going outside of academics as they were in our performance in the classroom. I know that the lesson that having a healthy lifestyle should not be sacrificed in the pursuit of academic success will stay with me throughout the rest of my education. Another lesson I know will stay with me for a long time came from our guest speaker Scott Fried. Mr. Fried’s speech contained many valuable lessons, but the one that resonated with me the most was about the importance of loving ourselves. The cornerstone of living a healthy life is being able to know that we are enough exactly as we are, regardless of academic performance, interests, or social life. In this way, anatomy and physiology offered me a valuable and enriching experience, both for my future aspirations and my personal life.

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In a month

February 3rd, 2019 · Comments Off on In a month

When I first started this class, I came in with no expectations. All I knew was that I was taking a biology class and that I was getting lab credit for it in a month. And as a result, I was not prepared for what the class was about to bring.

Listening to the first lecture, I was completely overwhelmed and in shock of the workload and the amount of effort I would have to put in for the class. Looking at the syllabus and the uploaded presentation slides, I was amazed that the professor expected us to know this enormous amount of information in one month. I felt like it was hopeless and I was stressed.

However, as I continued to take the class, Dr. Klepach kept putting focus and our attention to keeping a low stress level and taking care of ourselves as well as our academics. When I first heard this, I thought it was a ridiculous idea. I thought there was no way I could keep my stress low while trying to retain all this new information and stay up to my own academic standards.

A week and a few days in, I found out I was wrong.

I realized that there was need for me to be stressed and anxious all the time about my grades. I had the ability and capacity to learn and retain the required amount of information and I was doing well in the class. Dr. Klepach’s constant reminders to keep a low stress level and focus on our bodies finally made sense to me. I realized that there was no need to beat myself excessively over every quiz and every assignment and that I had the capacity to excel without being on the verge of an anxiety attack.

Through this class, I learned a valuable life lesson as well as anatomical names and physiological functions. Although dissecting a cow heart was fun and the new knowledge will come in handy, I will most be grateful about Dr. Klepach’s constant reminders. I hope that I can carry this mindset on with me into my future classes and take more of what he said about taking care about our bodies into action.

 

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