A few updates

Just a quick update on a few things – first of all, I apologize for my mistake with the time of the quiz on Monday! I had it down as being at 8:00 for some reason – and I hadn’t double-checked the official calendar lately, so I didn’t see that you had a lecture at that time ūüė¶ I realize that not everyone was aware of the mixup, and so I am going to give everyone full credit for the quiz to make up for the inconvenience.

Second thing: I’ve moved today’s office hours to next week (you can see the change on our lectures page). I’m dealing with a family emergency that started over the weekend – and so I won’t be able to be at my computer for office hours today.

This is also why I haven’t been able to respond to many of your emails for the past few days. I apologize, I really try to respond to you guys quickly normally, but right now it just hasn’t been possible. I will start working my way through your emails in the order they were received (ugh, sounds like those horrible automated recordings they play when they put you on hold for 20 minutes) starting tomorrow.

Thanks for your patience! You are all so lovely and kind. I miss seeing you in person.

A blueprint for studying diseases

We’re going to be talking about a LOT of diseases in this course – everything from mild skin infections to deadly brain cancers – and each disease has its own unique features that you’ll need to learn and remember.

This is a lot of information.

If no one helps you organize all of this information, then all you can do is plow through it and try to memorize as much as possible. That becomes frustrating very quickly. Plus, it’s a crappy method for retaining information. Your brain only holds that type of stuff in short-term memory until exam day – after that, it’s gone. Continue reading

Questions about the autopsy appearance of the heart after MI

Q. I just finished watching the lectures for today and I had a question about the part you talk about what happens to the heart after an MI. You talked about if someone dies from an MI and an autopsy was performed you would not see any signs until at least 4 hours after death. However, is this true for all the way up to weeks 3-8? To better clarify, do people who die from an MI still develop a scar 3-8 weeks after passing or is this just for people who survive a MI? That would be crazy if our bodies still did this after we passed. Continue reading

Systemic Pathology starts tomorrow!

…and I WISH we were in the classroom so I could see all your lovely faces! But we’re not.¬† So I’ll summarize my usual opening remarks on the course here.

Content. In General Pathology, we talked about the main ways things can go wrong in the body (injury, infection, immune dysfunction, neoplasia) and also the general mechanisms the body uses to fix these problems (tissue repair, inflammation, immune responses). This created a nice little brick foundation for your pathology house!

In Systemic Pathology, we’re going to add floors and rooms to the house. The course is organized into organ systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.), and in each system, we’ll cover the abnormalities and diseases that are most relevant for you for your future practice (and for boards).

Format. This course has the same components as General Path:

  • Lectures: pre-recorded videos that you can watch at any time.
  • Quizzes: live over Zoom.
  • Exam reviews: live over Zoom (recordings posted afterwards).
  • Exams: proctored, using Examplify.
  • Office hours: optional, open Zoom sessions.

Grades. We’ll have four 10-point quizzes, and three exams (roughly 50, 40, and 60 points) for a total of around 190 points. Your raw score for each quiz and exam will be added together (no weighting of exams or anything) to give you a final score for the course. Grades will be determined as follows:

  • A = final scores greater than or equal to 90% of total course points
  • B = scores between 80% and 90% of total course points
  • C = scores between 70% and 80% of total course points

A note about connecting. I wanted to give you guys a lot of flexibility – but also plenty of opportunities to connect in real time (meaning, over Zoom). So most of our course stuff you can do when you want (you can watch the lectures anytime; exam reviews will be recorded so you can watch them anytime; exams will be open for 24 hours).

But there are also lots of opportunities to see each other live (you’ll need to show up for quizzes; you can show up for exam reviews if you want; and there are optional office hours pretty much every week in case you have questions).

Also, I’m still your “mom.” Dental school is fun and interesting…but it is also really hard and overwhelming. You need to take care of yourself.¬† So I’ll be checking in with you from time to time to see how you’re doing, and to remind you that I am here for you. If you need to vent, or want advice, or just need to know that you’re not alone, email me. I mean it.

Videos/slides for next two weeks are posted

I’ve posted the lecture videos for our first two weeks of lectures, just to get things started, and I wanted to explain a couple things.

First: the posted videos have not been edited yet. I am still waiting for IT people to transfer our videos to the editing site – and until that happens, I can’t do any cutting and splicing. So the lecture content may be split into a few videos, and you’ll need to forward through stuff to get to the right place. This kind of sucks, but as soon as I can edit, you won’t have to do this. I’ve posted the start and stop times next to each video to make things a bit easier.

Second: you’ll notice that some lecture videos go over or under the allotted class time. It evens out overall – really! – so when one lecture goes over time, there will be another one coming up that goes under time.

Rather than breaking lectures into multiple fragments so that there are exactly 50 or 100 minutes of content for each class period (which would look like a mess and make it hard to see what’s going on), I opted to keep the lectures intact. So please don’t worry that I’m cramming in more content hours than we are allotted in this course…I wouldn’t do that to you!

I’m going to go ahead and post more raw videos to our lectures page, just so that you have them there in case you want to view them. I’ll replace these with nice cleaned up versions as soon as I am able to start editing!

Lecture and exam schedule is up!

I’ve posted the schedule for our course on our lectures page. Here are a few things to note as you’re looking this over/making plans.

Exam dates. Exams 1 and 3 are all set for the dates scheduled. Exam 2 got missed on the official course schedule – and I am waiting to hear back from administration on whether it is okay to schedule it on Wednesday, November 11, given that you have a practical that afternoon. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back.

Exam times. Each exam will be available for 24 hours, so you can take it any time on the scheduled date. You’ll have 2 hours to complete the exam once you open it.

What else to put on your schedule. In planning out our class time, I wanted to get a good balance between scheduled, live stuff and watch-anytime stuff. Watch-anytime stuff is great because it gives you more flexibility and control over your time. Live sessions are great because they let us talk back and forth in real time and get a lot accomplished. PLUS I get to see your lovely faces.

So here’s how we’ll do things:

  • Lectures: pre-recorded videos, watch anytime
  • Quizzes: live Zoom sessions (need to show up to take part in the Kahoot)
  • Exam reviews: optional live Zoom sessions (I’ll record them in case you’d rather watch at your convenience)
  • ¬†Office hours: optional live Zoom sessions (I’ll record these too)

A final note about the schedule. My goal for this course is to get all lecture videos and slides posted at least a week ahead of time. I’d prefer to get everything posted this weekend…but that’s not gonna happen, as I have to use the U’s online video editing software, which as you might imagine, is buggy and very slow. But you can count on at least a one-week lead time for materials so you can work around whatever else you have going on that week.

Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll be filling in the other pages on our website (About, Crosswords, Kahoots, Summary Videos) over the next few days. You might want to sign up to get email notifications (Home page, right sidebar) so you don’t have to keep checking back all the time.

I’m SUPER excited to “see” you all again! I’m so happy I get to teach you guys over the next few months. Have a great long weekend – see you soon!