I know i’ve raved on and on about my schedule this semester, but one day I’ll be happy to see behind me is Thursday. This is my typical Thursday schedule:
8AM-10AM: Small Animal med lecture (today: respiratory infections)
10AM-11AM: Reproduction (today: equine dystocias)
11AM-12PM: break! (today: studied in library)
12PM-1PM: Cardiology elective (today: lecture on arrythmia management)
1PM-2PM: Equine medicine (today: diarrhea! and then we started endocrine disorders)
2PM-5PM: Dermatology elective (today: reviewed cases on Sarcoptic mange [scabies], Pemphigus and another mystery disease combo that we’ll figure out next time)*
That’s a eight hours of nothing but lecture (granted today was more of a discussion in Derm, but it might as well be a lecture because I’m so not that into it anymore). By the end of the day it’s not that I’m tired so much as I just want to kill myself.
Anyway, today there was one nice break in the day: we were excused from Derm for a half hour (whee!) to attend part of a retirement party for one of our professors. This man has been at Iowa State since 1963 – 45 full years. And he’s not exactly a wall flower – I cannot imagine anyone graduating without having at least one conversation with him, definitely in anatomy lab where he is a very learned and published professor, and mostly certainly when he’d approach you in the library or the hallways to stike up any sort of conversation (once, I got a brief but thorough lecture on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, another he suggested, gently and kindly, that my hoop earrings might be out of style).
So it’s kind of remarkable – all Iowa alumni since 1964 at least would know this man…almost all of the vets who have yet to retire. Quite a career. And it was a nice, albeit way-too-brief, break in the day.
Fortunately, the retiree is staying on as a Professor Emeritus, so I hope to have more run-ins with him in the future.
Back to studying for stupid oncology. Have I mentioned how glad I am to get a break next week???