Today is the middle of the 4th week of my junior year here at UMR. I am taking 8 classes this semester: Microbiology Lecture, Microbiology Lab, Microbiology and Environment, CLI, Spanish 3, Physics, Molecular Genetics, and an Introduction to clinical lab sciences course. So far in my microbiology classes we have talked about significant discoveries in microbiology (such as pasteurization and the penicillin mold), the components of microbes, microscope, dye, and staining techniques, respiratory pathogens, and the dynamics of bacterial growth. In my CLI class we are preparing ourselves to take the MCAT exam (amongst other graduate school exams).
Each week in CLI we find 3 words with Greco-Latin roots and define them according to the roots in order to better understand the etymology of these words. We also took a practice MCAT exam (which I did surprisingly well on, yay!). In our Spanish 3 class we are learning words that have to do with the medical field, which is a great example of how we integrate health science into all of our classes. We also are learning to utilize social media in Spanish by tweeting in Spanish for credit and by making Spanish podcasts and videos. In my physics class we are learning about the physics of two dimensional motion and kinematic equations.
In my molecular genetics class we began by looking at genetics at a more macroscopic scale; such as examining heredity, mitosis and meiosis. We are now beginning to look at DNA at a microscopic scale by examining the carbohydrate backbone, the nucleotides, and the phosphate group and how they all interact with one another. My clinical lab science course has so far introduced the professions in a clinical lab setting, the role of laboratory medicine in patient care, and hematology.
It's been a good semester so far, I'm looking forward to learning more!