Exam 3 information

Hi everyone! Here are the details you need to know about exam 3.

Date/time. The exam will be open from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 15, and you’ll have 2 hours to complete it once you start. Just be sure to get it uploaded by 11:59 pm tomorrow night.

Password. The assessment password is Almostdone1

Points/questions. There are 46 questions on the exam, each worth one point. My previous estimate of the exam question breakdown was accurate except for female repro, which has five (not six) questions on the exam.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Also, I just want you to know that I LOVED having all of you in class, and I wish we had more time together! I hope you have a peaceful, happy holiday break – you deserve it!!!

Bone summary + Kahoots + rough exam breakdown

Just a quick reminder that I posted a summary of Dr. Koutlas’ Bone, Joint, and Muscle lectures a few weeks ago – here it is again for your convenience. All test questions will come directly from this summary.

Also: I posted a couple Exam Review Kahoots on our Kahoots page that might be helpful for you as you’re studying – here’s the one we did in class (questions are mostly on endo, female repro and skin), and here’s a different one that has more questions on CNS.

I am still finalizing the exam, but here is a rough approximation of what I anticipate for the breakdown:

  • Bone/Joint/Muscle – 10
  • CNS – 10
  • Male repro – 3
  • Female repro – 6
  • Endo – 13
  • Skin – 5

I’ll post all the final exam details (final counts, password, etc.) here later today. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time today/tonight – I’ll be checking my email frequently.

Quiz 4

Hi everyone –

Thank you to those of you who emailed me with concerns about quiz 4. I want to address those concerns here briefly and reassure you that the final exam will be VERY carefully reviewed.

The problem with quiz 4 is that several of the questions asked about concepts that were NOT clearly written down in the ppt slides. I don’t want to give away the questions/answers yet, because not everyone has taken the quiz – so I’ll just speak in generalities here.

When I write questions for quizzes and exams, I go back and look for the answers in the ppt slides. If the concept and correct answer are not clearly explained in the ppt, then I don’t ask that question.

Unfortunately, in an effort to get this quiz out in a timely manner, I did this process in my head without double-checking the ppt slides. I believe I talked about all of these questions/concepts in lecture (at least I hope I did!) – but if the answer isn’t clearly stated in a ppt slide, then those questions aren’t fair game.

So I want to apologize for the confusion on these quiz questions. I will add points to everyone’s score to compensate for the disconnect and confusion.

I also want to assure you that I will VERY carefully make sure that the answer to every question on the final exam on Wednesday will be clearly stated in one or more ppt slides. The last thing you should have to worry about is confusing, misleading, or inaccurate questions. I kinda pride myself on my quiz/exam questions being straightforward and clear – so this particular quiz is not up to my standards.

Please let me know if you have any questions on this – or on anything else.

I will have a final exam question count and more exam details for you tomorrow.

Quiz 4

Hi everyone –

Quiz 4 is now posted on Canvas under the Quizzes tab. It’s worth 10 points, and you can use your notes/talk with each other as usual. Once you’re done, your score should automatically load into Canvas. It is open now through December 14 (Tuesday) at 11:59 pm. Please let me know if you have any issues with completing it.

Lecture videos from last week posted

Hi everyone – I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrated it, and a wonderful little break whatever you did.

Back to school stuff…I posted the lecture videos from last week, so you can see those now on our lectures page.

A quick note on the lecture from Wednesday, 11/24: unfortunately, only half of the lecture (the part from 9:05 – 9:55) was recorded. So the content stops after the discussion of Cervical disorders, and leaves out the part of the lecture starting with Uterine disorders. I apologize for this; this is another of those stupid changes to the schedule that I did not anticipate (the lecture was changed to 8-10).

So to show you a reasonable facsimile of what we discussed in the second hour on Wednesday, I found the last recording we have of this topic, and I posted that lecture recording on our lectures page under the 11/24/21 heading. I apologize for this – but this is the best I can do – and at least it gives you something so that you’re not wondering what was discussed in the second hour of class.

Please let me know if you have any questions on this or anything else.

Class tomorrow (9/17) will be live via Zoom

Hi everyone –

I had to take one of my dogs to the ER this morning – he choked on some food, and was having trouble breathing. We are home now, but he is still having symptoms, and needs to be monitored carefully over the next few days in case he gets worse and needs to go back to the ER.

Since I can’t bring him to school for our lecture tomorrow, I’m going to do the next best thing and hold class live via Zoom (meeting link here and also on our lectures page) at our normally scheduled time (9-11 am).

I’m sorry for the inconvenience – I’d rather be in the classroom but I just don’t feel comfortable leaving him alone. I’ll record the Zoom meeting and post it on our lectures page so that you can watch it anytime.

Please let me know if you have any questions – and thanks in advance for your patience.

Just a couple things

It’s been over a week since I’ve been in class with you guys – I miss you! I also have a few things I want to update you on – normally I’d just do this at the beginning of class, but since we won’t have class until Wednesday, I’m doing it here.

First: I’ve posted scores for almost everything we’ve done so far, including the last exam, on Canvas. The only thing that’s not posted yet is the scores for the 10-point substance use disorder assignment. That assignment typically takes me a while to work through, because I usually end up writing quite a few emails answering questions or clarifying stuff. I hope to be done with those in a few days. But at least now you can see where you stand in the course.

Second: I apologize for being late in posting Dr. Koutlas’ first lecture video on Bone Pathology last week. I got a very informative email explaining that many of you count on watching the videos during the time they are scheduled on the calendar – and if a video isn’t posted until hours later, that can really mess up your schedule. I want to make your life easier, not harder – so I apologize for keeping you waiting for something that should have been posted on time.

I’m grateful to the person who explained this to me because if no one tells me, I don’t know things! I assumed (never a good idea) that you guys would just watch asynchronous videos at your leisure, not necessarily at the scheduled time, probably because that’s what I would do, and I’d never heard anything from students one way or the other. From now on, I will make sure any asynchronous videos are posted ahead of the scheduled time.

Please continue to let me know when something isn’t going well or could be better – because then I can do something about it in real time, instead of reading about it in the course evals and implementing it the following year!

I hope you enjoyed the snow today! My first reaction was ugh, really? already? But then it was just so gorgeous, and my dogs were so excited, that I changed my mind 🙂

Exam 2 information

Hi everyone – here are the details you need to know about exam 2.

Date/time. The exam will be open from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm on Monday, November 8, and you’ll have 2 hours to complete it once you start. Just be sure to get it uploaded by 11:59 pm tomorrow night.

Password. The assessment password is Prettyleaves1

Points/questions. There are 32 questions on the exam, each worth one point.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Hematology and coagulation study guides


In case you’re interested, I have a few books on blood disorders and coag that students have found helpful in the past:

These are all for sale but I don’t want you guys to have to buy them. If you would like a copy, drop me an email and I’ll send you a link so you can download them for free. They are NOT required – so just use them to help you study (if you feel you need help).