There are still a few of you who haven’t answered the questions on the Substance Use Disorder lecture (you can find them here). I’ll keep the form open until tonight at midnight to give you a little more time to complete them (they’re really pretty quick, and you’ll get 10 points – so might as well!). The 10 points, by the way, are included in the total points for the course (they’re not extra credit points).
Here are the details for our final exam!
- It will be open all day on Wednesday, December 16th (from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm). You’ll have 2 hours to complete the exam once you start it.
2. There will be 32 questions, with the following spread:
- Endocrine: 10 questions
- Skin: 5 questions
- Neuro: 8 questions
- Bone/joint/muscle: 9 questions
3. It will be a proctored exam.
4. The password is Almostdone1.
Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll be checking email frequently today and tomorrow 🙂
Just a few housekeeping items:
- I finally got caught up on entering grades into Canvas last night – please take a quick look and be sure that everything looks okay to you. Looking good going into the final!!
- Speaking of the final, I’ll be creating a list of learning objectives for the exam, just like I did for Exam 2.
- I’m putting the final together now, and once I’m done, I’ll let you know how many points there will be, and also the number of questions per lecture. The other details will be like our previous exams: you’ll have a 24 hour window to take the exam, once you start you’ll have two hours to complete it, and it will be proctored (well, that didn’t work so well on our other exams, but I’m working with IT to get it right this time!).
- Finally: there will be no questions on the Substance Use Disorder lecture on the final, because the material just doesn’t lend itself well to multiple choice questions. So instead, I wrote some short-answer questions for you to go through (see this post for more info). These are worth 10 points.
I think that’s it! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Here’s a summary of the Bone, Joint, and Muscle Lectures for this coming week. If you know (and understand) the stuff in this summary, you’ll be good for this part of the exam. So use this to study, and back it up with Dr. Koutlas’s ppts/mediasite lectures.
As I mentioned in my last post, we won’t have test questions on this lecture because the material doesn’t really lend itself to multiple choice questions. Instead, here are a few short-answer questions for you to work through. I’ll read through them and add 10 points to your total course score for thoughtfully going through this exercise (if you miss something big I’ll let you know). I’ll leave these questions open until Sunday, December 13 (I’ll nag you if you haven’t finished the questions by then).
Your answers don’t need to be long or perfect – I’m just interested to hear what you think, and I want to give you the chance to ask any questions you may not have felt comfortable bringing up in lecture. I hope you came away from the lecture with a little deeper understanding about what substance use disorder is (and isn’t). I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for this area of the course.
I usually don’t make statements like this. I think all our lectures better be important – or we shouldn’t have them. But I feel pretty strongly about tomorrow’s lecture, which is about addiction and substance use disorder.
We’ve had some great lunch and learn talks about the opioid crisis over the past couple years. It’s so important to develop a sense of how to safely prescribe opioids – and I think the sessions I’ve sat in on have done a great job of describing the crisis and laying out appropriate guidelines for healthcare professionals.
I also think that we should talk about addiction itself – and that’s where this lecture comes in. To my knowledge, there aren’t many places in our curriculum where we address what substance use disorder is.
For example, what happens in the brain as an addiction develops? A common misperception about addiction is that the addict simply lacks willpower – but that isn’t true. The part of the brain that mediates logical thought (the prefrontal cortex) actually “goes offline” (becomes disconnected) over time as an addiction becomes entrenched – and willpower/logical thought/all the consequences in the world eventually are no match for the power of the reward circuit in the brain.
You may have experienced a mild version of this if you’ve overindulged in something sugary, then felt like crap and said “never again” (and meant it!) – only to find yourself staring at an empty pint of Ben and Jerry’s the following night as you’re studying for a stressful exam. What happened?!
Anyway…I want to be sure that we talk about addiction from the patient’s point of view so you understand a bit about what the disease is like. The person giving the lecture (Dustin Chapman) is a great speaker with years of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor – and in the video he talks about a bunch of important stuff including:
- how the brain changes during (and after) addiction
- the most important risk factor for developing substance use disorder
- myths (and truths) about addiction
- signs and symptoms of mild to severe substance use disorder
- treatment options
- things to consider when you’re out in practice
We won’t have test questions on this lecture because the material doesn’t really lend itself to multiple choice questions. But I’ll post a few short-answer questions for you to work through after the lecture, and you’ll get 10 points if you complete them.
We’ve had a lot of great feedback on this lecture, and a few students have even found it profoundly useful in their own lives – so I encourage you to watch this lecture video. If you have any questions about substance use disorder after watching the video, feel free to email me. Substance abuse is a topic that is of special interest and importance to me, so I’ll either be able to answer your questions or point you in the right direction!
The lecture video I posted for Monday’s neuropath lecture didn’t go all the way to the end of the slides…it stopped on slide 73. I’m sorry! I thought I had watched the video to the end but clearly I didn’t.
Turns out that last year, Mediasite didn’t record the lecture that wrapped up the rest of the neuro slides. I threw a little fit, alone, in front of my computer. Then I went back to the 2018 Mediasite recordings and found the remaining lecture video footage for neuropath. It’s in two clips – one just covers two slides (apparently I talked a little faster in 2018, because I was able to get to slide 75 before class ended), and the other covers slides 76 – 92.
I apologize for missing this! I posted the two video clips on our Lectures page.
Here is a new WORKING zoom link for our quiz right now:
It was brought to my attention that the ppt posted for the endocrine lectures has a lot more detail than the ppt used in the lecture videos. I apologize for that! I thought I had posted the correct one – but I actually posted one from a previous year that had much more detail.
For the exam, I will ONLY be testing you on material covered in the lecture videos.
I will find the ppt that matches the video lectures and post that asap, so that you don’t have to mess with an old ppt that doesn’t match the lectures.
I apologize for the confusion! Thanks for your patience.
Please let me know if you have questions on this or anything else.