Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fertility Institute

With the new block comes new material. In anticipation of next semester's "project prepare," we have started our training of the genitourinary and reproductive systems. In terms of productiveness, we are gaining a fertile education.

Avoiding Educational Infertility

Although fascinating to learn about, the hormones involved in the endocrine system can be quite difficult with the first few passes. In working order, they control normal reproductive functioning and health. When the hormones are imbalanced, disease can easily take over resulting in various health complications.

It extends beyond the hormones into the histology, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The more we learn the "cooler" it gets as medicine incorporates so many fields into one.

As medical students we simply try to pack in as much of the information now, let it ruminate and make the clinical connections when the appropriate time comes. A significant part of our education is based off of getting the knowledge now so that we understand the clinical importance later. It may be wishful thinking, but I hope that the clinical experience really solidifies the chaotic sea of information that is floating around in my head. Books, flashcards and lectures can only go so far.

Board Prep Question of the Week

An 18-year-old female presents with abdominal pain determined to be related to ovulation. In reviewing the hormones of the menstrual cycle, you correctly remember that which of the following is responsible for ovulation? (Hint: Shown in the image above)

A. Estrogen
B. Follicle stimulating hormone
C. Luteinizing hormone
D. Progesterone
E. Prolactin

Answer & Explanation

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