Thursday, September 27, 2007

I Don't Know How The Rest of You Find Time to Blog

A sample schedule (from today) of my academic life at the moment:

6:00: Wake up. Curse alarm clock multiple times. Pet beloved purring kitty and assure him that he can go back to sleep.

7:00: Leave home.

7:55: Purchase large cup of overpriced coff-ay.

8:00 - 10:00: Facilitate PBL.

10:00 - 11:00: Meet with the ever-helpful IT/AV people to go over my up-coming lecture and learn what buttons I need to push in order to have things happen as I need them to -- we have a new and quite complex computer system that I am still struggling to fully understand.

11:00 - 12:30: Meet with academic visitors from Scotland to chat about the ways that my medical school teaches medical students (i.e. PBL is new to them).

12:30 - 1:15: Lunch with the same people; essentially a continued conversation while barely managing to eat anything at all. By the way: academic catering is not the way to go -- lunch for three left us with a ridiculous bill of $246. WTF?

1:15 - 1:30: Pre-scheduled meeting with a medical student.

1:30 - 2:00: More IT/AV stuff related to lectures that I will deliver in November.

2:00 - 4:00: Run a lab for the second year medical students.

4:00 - 5:00: Departmental Faculty meeting.

5:00 - 7:00: Entire Faculty of Medicine meeting, hosted by the Dean of Medicine. Thank goodness he at least had coff-ay on offer because he also had PhDs arguing with MDs about the curriculum. Good times. Good times, indeed.

8:00: Arrive home. I am officially a zombie.

Did you notice that there wasn't even a 15 minute break in my day?

Yeah, so did I.

I am living proof that urinary epithelium can accommodate such a schedule.


Cathy said...

Well goodness, I hope this is not a normal everyday work schedule. I have wondered where you have been, but, I also knew you had started back to work.

I hope the days get easier and shorter.

Pieces of Mind said...

I don't always have the time or energy to blog either. :(

But if I had to deal with a day like yours on a regular basis, I would be on the floor by lunchtime, probably. Collapsed and planning my funeral.

Blogging should be fun rather than another obligation in an already busy day. If you can't post frequently, that's OK; we'll leave the light on for you. ;)

P.S. How r u, beluvd kitty? Mee hopes u r well. Mee send u a kitty smooch. Hehe!

Dr. K said...

Oh hai, peeces kiddy kad! I r gud, thnks fer ur cuncern. I is now kurld up esleepin. Puurr! Ma humen thnks ur humen fer kepin lite on. :)

adam said...

Hey Dr. K... just from a professor's perspective, how important is it to attend every lecture? I sometimes feel guilty about missing lectures especially now in medical school.. and lately I've missed quite a few!

#1 Dinosaur said...

I feel your pain, poor thing.

At the risk of being unsympathetic and raising a sensitive issue, did you see PandaMD's take on PBL? Very much against it, but with a cute analogy along the lines of "if regular lecture style is "spoon feeding" then PBL is throwing jars of baby food at the babies and laughing while they try to open them."

Also, curriculum discussions between MDs and PhDs should definitely occur, but not in a "full" meeting, and certainly not from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

You have strong urothelium indeed.

Dr. K said...

Adam: I think that it really depends on your learning style. Some students need to have information verbalised but others learn more effectively by reading information on their own. The only thing that you are certainly missing out on are the clarification questions that students ask in lectures. Oh, and corrections to typos in the handouts.

Dr. Dino: I knew I could count on your support. You are my rock. [;)]
I did indeed see Panda's take on PBL and laughed out loud at his analogy. And just because I engage in the PBL process does not mean that I think it's all peaches and sunshine. But that is a post-tenure discussion. Heh.

Anonymous said...

hehe know what i learnt about on my first day of med school? urothelium!

personally I'm feeling like a simple squamous, barely breaching the surface...

`jen said...

wow - your transitional epithelium are particularly amazing even with coff-ay! : D

Old MD Girl said...

Pooh. Jen took my joke about transitional epithelium. Well, hopefully it will get better. One does get tired running around like a maniac from sunrise to sunset.