Archive for March 22nd, 2011

~ Deep Anatomy or Superficial Anatomy? That, is the Question. ~

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 Are you taking Anatomy and Physiology I this semester, as I am? If you are, then you know that A+P is not for the faint hearted, so let me cut straight to the heart of the matter (puns intended)! A hot topic on campus, burning in the minds of concerned students, is who best to take for A+P or discussion on which professors make things easier on the student. Even if you haven’t taken A+P yet, your ears have no doubt heard the passing whispers of warning that “Professor so & so is too hard” or “Professor so & so should teach like this professor instead.”

  Well, as was coined in a Monty Python movie, I say “Always look on the bright side of life.” So, I thought I might share my comparison of Deep Anatomy (the style which is deemed very difficult by most and involves thorough study) and Superficial Anatomy (the style in which everything is mapped out for you to simplify testing and passing). As anyone who is already studying knows, there is something to be said about these words I have chosen; Deep vs. Superficial. This is not to say that the professors who teach the “superficial” sort are superficial, so please do not misunderstand me. What I means is, that the method of study for the student is outlined explicitly for tests by some professors and all you have to do is memorize the answers (from what I have heard). On the contrary, compared to the “deep” kind of study, where the student must study everything covered and anticipate what they may be tested on in a certain section, is much more of a challenge.

   Let’s see what can be the result of each, shall we? Let’s start with the superficial anatomy. The instructor will no doubt cover the exact same material, in likely the same amount of time but will expect much less of your effort. When he/she prepares you for a test, whether or not you have really been following along until this point, you will get an outline of the test material in which you will simply commit to memory. The result: You will only have as good a grasp on Anatomy as what you committed to memory simply to pass the tests. What happens when you arrive in the courses of your concentration, like nursing or radiography? Will you feel confident? Take that a step further and imagine a job interview and what may be asked about your basic knowledge? Will you feel well equipped to take it on?

Let’s examine the deep anatomy. The instructor will cover the required material in the allotted time, and he/she will let you know that the material on the tests and quizzes will come from everything that was covered in class. So, you must study all that information thoroughly because you do not know what questions will appear on the test from which portion of the information covered. Yes, it’s surely a challenge, but let’s see the result. If you have fully applied yourself to study in this way, you will not only know the questions on the test, but when asked you will have a pretty solid grasp on what you’re talking about if asked to explain. So basically, the scenario of additional medical classes or a job interview in the future would not be so scary. In fact, you will probably impress yourself with your ability.

  I’ll leave you with some final thoughts, as you consider the differences between these two methods on your own, and that is this: Are you taking (or going to take) Anatomy and Physiology as a foundation for a future medical career? A strong foundation will ensure that you are properly prepared to care for others. Just think, when you go to the hospital yourself…do you want the nurse or doctor who skimmed A+P or the nurse or doctor who knows A+P inside and out?

~ PTK Spring Induction Ceremony, Regionals & More ~

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Just before spring break our Venice campus had the semesters Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony. The ceremony takes place in the Selby Room of the 400 bld., which is also the room where the officers have introductory meetings for prospective members. On the night of the Induction Ceremony this year the room had great PTK member art displayed at one of the corners of the room. There was some really nice work in the room for family and friends to browse after the ceremony. I should probably mention that last semester I was inducted as a member, and this semester I was inducted as the Officer of History. Anyway, I was happy to share my poetry anthology, which I constructed last semester, in a scrap book style at the Induction. Much more impressive was Evan Lamar’s work, a fellow officer and SCF art student, he displayed his awesome pottery. Taylor Meredith read one of her beautiful poems at the night’s event as well, who cast a very personalized tone on the evening. Both of these officers won an award at the recent PTK Regional gathering in St.Pete, held at the Hilton, for their great contributions of artistic talents. Wicked awesome, you two!

The Regional Event was fun and informative, and they even provided food and Starbucks coffee! I’ve got to have my morning coffee. I’m only human, lol. I seriously think they need to put a Dunkin Donuts on campus or just outside of it, but that’s another matter altogether. Is anyone with me? Hahaha. The coffee machine in the Library lobby just doesn’t do it for me. I tried to drink one of those coffees one cold Thursday evening last semester. I had to stop myself from spraying it across my philosophy class, lol. If a Hilton can have a built-in Starbucks why not a SCF Dn’D? I’ll have mine light and sweet please! Okay, enough with my addiction, back to the Regionals! As I was saying, the event was actually full of good humor. We heard some very good member speeches for competition on this year’s theme, which is communication. There were awards, a small art exhibition, and writing contest submissions. Our chapter, Alpha Mu Upsilon, won some great awards for member contributions on campus, like

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Hey, I hope to see everyone out and about at the upcoming Spring Fling on campus ,which has a Greek/Olympic theme this time, so bring your togas if ya got em’! The Spring Fling is on Wednesday March 23rd this semester, from 10am to 2pm, I believe. Oh, and this Friday if you’re interested, there is a viewing of the movie The Soloist in Rm. 307 in the Library and a discussion afterwards on the effect of music and art on the human psyche. I’ll do my best to make it, but in the meantime, have a good one!