Sunday, May 16, 2010

Second Exam Week Six

Now that our classroom career is over and the last set of exams are here, it is time to study. Fortunately for us, the first tests last week were in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. This meant one good corporal realignment before a week of uncomfortable postures and mental torture.

Final Adjustments

"...Take a deep breath." I then waited as my study partner dropped his weight on my upper body and we both felt the audible release of a vertebral segment that was misaligned. In no time the pain was gone and we moved on to continue our studies. As this was our last set of exams, we had the task of performing a full body evaluation and applying a specific treatment of our choice aimed to restore function. Since we were successful in treating each other in practice, our partners the next day had little to correct during the test. I think I am going to miss these little "corrective" sessions.

The thought of being finished with school is really exciting. It doesn't take long, however, to remind myself that as soon as this week is over, it will be time to dig deeper in preparation for board exams. (So much for having a vacation between school and rotations.) One thing is for sure, this experience has been so much better than I could have ever imagined. Sure, it has been difficult, but it continues to pique my interest and lift my thoughts to a better future.

Board Prep Question of the Week
A 13-year-old figure skater botches a quadruple lutz and falls on her right outstretched hand. Several weeks later a cast is removed for a healed scaphoid fracture. She begins having episodes of intense burning pain, sweating, swelling, and redness that begin in her right hand and moves up her forearm, sometimes up to her shoulder. These episodes often occur when she is angry or upset. On exam her arm shows no visible abnormalities. Which of the following nerve types are involved in the pathogenesis of her disorder?

A. General somatic afferent
B. General somatic efferent
C. General visceral afferent
D. Special somatic afferent
E. Special visceral afferent

Answer & Explanation


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