I survived OSCE exams

Hang in there cat

Hang in there cat poster

I had the first part of my OSCE exams this week. In our 8th trimester, we have to take two exams that allow us to go onto Level II clinics and eventually graduate. One portion is a clinical aspect where you go in and perform a full evaluation on a mock patient. The second portion is a radiology portion. I had to take my radiology portion this week. It’s done on a computer, and we’re given 10 different cases with films then asked questions over the cases. Then we have to identify what the most significant diagnosis is and how we would manage that patient’s care.

It wasn’t so bad. I wish I had studied more, but life calls sometimes and you just run out of time. I don’t have to take the clinical portion until Dec. 4, so I’m going to start studying for that soon so I am more prepared for that one than I was for the radiology portion. Really, though, these two exams have been all I’ve really had to study for this trimester so far, so I’d say that’s not bad at all.

It’s weird going from having to study every night for multiple exams to only having to study occasionally for a couple exams weeks apart. So it actually does happen! You won’t always be swarming with exams. Don’t get me wrong, we are still very busy but it’s a different kind of busy, a better busy. I would rather be taking care of patients in clinic than studying constantly and sitting in class all day.

So it does get better, I wouldn’t say easier, I would say better with a different kind of busy. It will all be worth it in the end, just keep at it!

-Allisha

Killer clowns and zombies … must be Halloween!

Last Friday my friends and I got into the Halloween spirit and hit up a haunted corn maze! It was in Princeton, Iowa, about a half hour from Davenport. It’s called Haunted Carter Farms

It's Halloween time!

It’s Halloween time!

, and they have a smaller haunted house and a haunted corn maze. We had a group of about 13 people come with us. It was $2 off with a student ID, too. Bonus!

So we got there, and first we went through the haunted house, which was clown themed–and several people were not too excited about that. (Luckily I’m strong and fearless and don’t scare easily.) That being said, I don’t like to be vulnerable, so I stayed safely tucked between two people who were more scared than I was.

The haunted house was really cool. They had a lot of special effects, so at one point you felt like you were in a hypnotic time machine tunnel. It was also 3D, which I had never seen before. The paint splatters on the wall were 3D everywhere, and there were 3D creepy clowns coming out of the walls. There were also real killer clowns jumping out and stuff, which wasn’t too bad except they had these really high-pitched awful laughs. I found that more intriguing than scary, I couldn’t figure out how they laughed that high-pitched and loud.

The next portion was the corn maze, not in 3D but still really cool. It was zombie-themed, I think. At one point there were giant porcupines and goblin type creatures, too. There were zombies, lots of zombies. And we had several people in our group that are quite scared of zombies. I just find they’re misunderstood. Although they weren’t too keen on talking to me. They looked at me like I was the crazy one.

We got to the goblin-like creature, and I was pretty sure he was a goblin. But every time I asked if he was a goblin, he shook his head at me and looked at me like I was insane. See the trick is to not let them know you’re scared; they target you if they know you’re scared. A couple people in our group were a little too scared, so we got followed a lot.

I was most impressed with the props and costume, though. They put a lot of thought and time into them. They looked really legit. It was a lot of fun, and I suggest it to anyone that likes the spirit of Halloween.

-Allisha