It is times like this where what I don’t write in my blog posts is as telling as what I do. Looking back on last term, I only wrote a few entries, so let me fill you in on what it was like. It was pretty hard. I had difficult classes, I was trying to study for the comps, and I definitely worked too much.
I have to say the two Western classes that I took, Western Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology, took up a great amount of my study time and brain space. I won’t go on about it too much, but let me just say that Pharmacology was the hardest Western class that I’ve taken so far, and I was extremely grateful for Dr. Shaheen’s merciful grading structure. I knew in my heart that I would have at least passed, but some of those drug names would just not stick in my head. I never thought I would say that I prefer Chinese Pin Yin herb and formula names (I found them so confusing at first), but by the end of Pharmacology I was missing them.
I also finished up Formulas, and while I will miss Dr. Wen’s class (I adore Dr. Wen!), I will not miss memorizing a handful of new formulas each week. The highlights of last term were beginning Techniques class, and doing observation in Clinical Theater. I am now needling my partner (supervised, in class of course) on a regular basis, and it’s quite fun. There’s nothing like starting needling to really make it feel like you are moving along in the program. In fact, with any luck (and a lot of studying for the Preclinical Exam), I will be working in the school clinic in a term or two.
Another class that I began was Clinical Theater, which is extremely interesting because we have a patient come in, and the class gets to ask him/her questions. Then the supervisor comes up with a diagnosis and treatment plan, and we watch as the supervisor treats the patient right in front of us. It is very cool and sometimes it can even seem like a magic show when the patient shows immediate improvement. It is a win-win situation: the patient gets a free acupuncture treatment, and we get education and experience. (If you are interested in a free treatment in the Clinical Theater program, contact the Yo San University Clinic for an appointment.)
Student Lounge Makeover
So as President of the Student Association, I organized redecoration of the student lounge. It was a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work, and I ended up making many trips to at Yo San over my break. However, in the end, it was completely worth it. I love the transformation, and I have been getting such positive and appreciative feedback from everyone at school that it made it all worth it. Here are before and after shots of the two sides of the lounge, so you can get an idea for yourself of the change.
The lounge before spring break.
The Yo San University Student Lounge now.