Monday, January 20, 2014

Who Wants to Play Patient?


Serena can now speak quite eloquently on the 4 steps of pediatric respiratory physical exam: inspect, palpate, percuss, and auscultate. It's not hard to remember those steps after being inspected, palpated, percussed, and auscultated by 15 different aspiring doctors!

The UBC Clinical Skills teaching sessions are designed to help medical students learn "History Taking" and "Physical Examination" skills. It wouldn't be very effective to run these hands-on sessions without actual "patients" to practice on - hence the Volunteer Patient Program.

Serena has played patient twice so far at 2 different hospitals with 2 different groups of eager 1st year med students. It was a fun experience and also interesting to get a glimpse of what doctors go through before they get their MD initials. It was quite amusing to see some of them taking out their spanking new stethoscopes out of a box, and one doctor-to-be managed to put it on backwards. Good for Serena to see that we all start somewhere!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

History Mystery


These clues point to a person in history that Serena was studying. Can you guess who?


Born 1788. Soshone tribe. Long lost brother Cameahwait. Kidnapped at 12 & sold to a French-Canadian trapper. A guide and the only woman on the Lewis & Clark expedition. 2 children Jean and Lisette. A minted dollar coin in 2000 with her image.

Serena presented these clues at Wed Club for "History Mystery", where each student uses their imagination to share what they've learnt about a particular historical figure. She got all dressed up and spoke in character as the audience read out the clues she wrote on the leaves.

She stumped her audience, until she gave the final clue that the person was a character in the movie "Night at the Museum". Even then no one could spit it out since no one knows how to pronounce her name!

Answer: Sacagawea