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Welcome to week 2. Now we get into the fun stuff, putting to good use all that physiology and getting to practise your new found clinical skills to appreciate the clinical presentation of patients with obstructive lung diseases. We will have you pitting your lung function against each other with our spirometry machines, we will show you how to help manage patients with and without the use of medications and give you your own personal Rosetta stone to interpret Arterial Blood Gases. The week 2 study guide is now available here. Of course, all of the lecture material and formative assessment for this week is available on the blog. Now don’t say we’re not good to you…..
So, we’ve made it through week 1 in one piece. Yes there have been a few slip ups, a missed lecture and delayed ward teaching as well as a few technical hiccups, but on the whole I think we got through unscathed. All these issues have now been addressed or rectified – and thanks for letting us know about them early. Remember, if you want to go over the lecture material from this week it is all here on the site as well as some formative assessment to make sure you are up to speed. And don’t forget about the iCAST material – may be a long and winding road to get to it, but I think it is well worth it. Let us know in the comments what you think of week one or if there are any issues you haven’t told us about yet. And if you haven’t already made use of “Ask DundeeChest” – feel free. There have been some good questions and answers posted there already. I mean, where else do you have a students question answered by both the Professorial System Convener as well as the Phase Convener within 24 hours? Where else? Nowhere else, that’s where.
I’ve had a message from Dr Wilson who apologises for missing his lecture slot today, a simple case of it slipping the mind. He has assured me that he will be able to cover the material in the two remaining lecture slots on Thursday so you will not miss out on any of the teaching. Of course all the lecture material is available here on Dundeechest if you want to get off to a flying start for tomorrow……
Apologies that you all did not get the pharmacology lecture due at 12.00 today. I am in the process of finding out why not, and what we can do about it. I appreciate that this was the first in a series of three lectures and will see how we can cover the material for you. More to follow when I know more……..
In preparation for the phase 2 respiratory block, more lecture material is being made available on a daily basis. Today you can visit the respiratory infection page to find Dr France’s 2010 updates to his ever popular infection lectures. Or head over to the lung cancer materials page to see his lung cancer lectures.
Dr McKinlay delivered her Asthma and COPD revision lecture this morning, and has asked me to put it somewhere useful for you! I’m in Englandshire at a conference, but by the wonder of the interwebs, here it is:
I’ll see you all tomorrow. I have to do a Trans-Bronchial Biopsy tomorrow morning before the lecture, so I might be a wee bit late. I shouldn’t be more than about 15 minutes late, if at all.
Remember to come to the revision lecture armed with questions to discuss. We’ll be talking about acid base balance, oxygenation, how to do EMI questions; and whatever else you want to talk about.
The revision lectures for the 2nd years have started in earnest. Dr Short delivered a wide ranging session on CAP, Bronchiectasis, TB, CF, Abscessed and much more. If you want to go through the lecture again, here it is:
Revision Lecture 1
And I know how much you all like to have your lectures posted up before the lectures actually happen, so here’s my lecture for next week:
Revision Lecture 2
See you all next week!
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along to the revision lecture on Wednesday – I appreciate that the week before the exams is a precious time, and two hours of me waving my arms about at the front of the class, being grumpy about hypoxic drive might not be your first choice of entertainment for Wednesday.
I have been told I was a little bit *too* grumpy, which is probably a fair piece of feedback – I was disappointed that the issues of Respiratory Failure, CO2 retention, and oxygen therapy remain the biggest stumbling blocks for you all, despite me having put in a lot of personal effort to explain these concepts to you all during the respiratory block.
After the lecture I taught a small group of 4th years on arterial blood gas analysis and respiratory failure. A small number of 2nd years tagged along (This is hugely rewarding for me, that 2nd years want to join in with 4th year teaching, so thanks) and it was during this session that I think I’m expecting too much regarding the respiratory failure, hypoxic drive issues: the 4th years have no more grasp of the concepts than the 2nd years. These *are* difficult concepts, and it is likely that the lack of understanding is due to poor teaching, rather than a global misunderstanding on the students part.
This has made me think about how I have been teaching these concepts. i have posted on DC1 and DC3.0 the definitions and explanations of the concepts of both CO2 retention in hypoventilatory states, the concepts of V/Q mismatch, and respiratory failure a couple of times, and each time I’ve tried to make them more understandable, and more straightfoward. I have had little feedback from the students regarding these posts. The videos are helpful, I’m sure, but the students are not getting it.
We have opportunities for students to do fellowships, SSCs, 4th year projects, and extra curricular work developing new learning materials, if anyone is interested.
So the revision lecture on Wednesday? My initial thoughts were of disappointment, and a small amount of despair. When I heard the feedback from a student that I was grumpy during the session, it has made me think more about not just the lecture, but how we teach these difficult concepts. Now? I’m hopeful that someone out there is encouraged enough to come to see me with an idea for a way to teach these topics in a more engaging way.
And I’m allowed to be grumpy occasionally – 365 days a year of manic enthusiasm takes it out on a person, even me!
The respiratory sounds lecture I put up on the old DC site has mysteriously vanished!
So, after some shenanigans with FTP uploads, it’s here instead.
Someone has asked me to put up the respiratory revision lecture! I think it was more of a chat than a lecture I can actually put up. I can put up a summary of what we talked about, if you like?