“When I was 19, I was a completely different person than I am now! I wanted to be a radiologist.”
– Surgeon on Grey’s Anatomy
I entered medical school with a directed idea of what patient group and illnesses I hope to work with, but I’ve always told myself to be receptive to the breadth of possibilities. Today, we had our Introduction to Clinical Medicine class in Neurology, and I was reminded to keep on exploring other branches! The neurologist who led the class brought in two patients and presented their symptoms, allowing a few students to perform parts of the neurological exam as well. What we’re learning is slowly coming together: the first patient had Parkison’s Disease, and we discussed dopamine synthesis (last semester’s biochem), muscle tone (last week’s physiology), and motor pathways (what we’re currently studying in anatomy). It’s a lot to integrate, but that’s what also makes it exciting.