Ophthalmology Rotation

Whenever I am learning about the eye, I am always so captivated and in awe of how beautifully and intricately God made us.  I appreciate new discoveries by scientists.  Their findings give me a more behind the scenes view of God’s masterful work.  Thank you!
Ophthalmology rotation was a busy rotation, but it was not severely difficult.  I was constantly on my feet seeing the next patient, but our physical exams mainly honed in on the eye using sophisticated tools that would determine the pet’s current eye defect.  My favorite task was dilating the pupil and shining a light through a lens in order to see the retina.  It is a beautiful anatomical structure found in the back of the eye.  After you do a thorough eye exam, then the resident comes in and does their exam but with more advanced equipment.  After the resident looks at the eye, then the faculty ophthalmologist assesses the eye.
We also had the wonderful opportunity to observe surgeries performed on eyes.  My favorite surgery was a phacoemulsification, which is a modern version of cataract surgery where the lens are removed through emulsion with an ultrasonic hand piece.
Here’s what other people had to say about this rotation:
What was Orientation Day like?
-Arrived at 8:00 and briefly went over what to expect during the rotation.  Looked at the schedule for the day and started seeing appointments like normal.
Average Daily Hours on Duty?
-8:00-9:00 to 4:45-5:30
What is the attire? (When do you change into scrubs?)
-business casual with white coat and nametag; bring scrubs in case of emergency surgeries
What do doctors/residents/techs constantly harp on?
-know your drugs, how to do a basic exam, etc.  nothing is harped on and they are happy to teach easy basic stuff, but you could review a little
What are some struggles to watch out for?
-Appointments take forever.  I would recommend just setting your clients up for a long process in the beginning by explaining how the teaching hospital works and that things move slowly.  Most clients are pretty reasonable about it, especially if they know ahead of time.
Words of encouragement (positive comments/stories during your time in this rotation)
-Super nice doctors.  Rounds are helpful and consults from other departments are good opportunities to learn about the basic exam.
Difficulty Level (1-3)? 1= It’s a breeze/ 3= really difficult workload
1 / 3
Through Him,
Philippians 4:11-13= “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Yureeka (Spring Week 12)

Week’s Itinerary = Systemic Pathology Final, Ophthalmology Final, and Clinical Pathology

This semester of core classes is officially over!  YESSS!  This week was intense though.  We had 3 important finals this week that I tried to prepare myself to the best of my abilities.  They were Systemic Pathology (Digestive System), Ophthalmology, and Clinical Pathology).  I was able to pass Sys. Path’s Pre-test (Thank God/ format just like all the others), and Ophthalmology was a 4-hour in class, open book-open notes final.

The hardest one out of the 3 was definitely Clinical Pathology for me.  It is cumulative, and I believe that how I studied for it this time greatly helped me!  Make flashcards and put differentials for each test being run (ex: hypercalcemia and its differentials, high levels of urea and creatinine and their differentials, etc.)  You should have done this already since the 2nd exam.

Guys, I feel like I am on summer vacation right for how relaxed I feel right now!  You will not hear from me again until after electives where I will give you a run down on how the classes went (Rate My Electives).

Take care!


Psalm 118:14= “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

At the end of the tunnel… Spring Break!!! (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary = Surgery Written and Practical Final, Systemic Pathology Pre-test and Test, Toxicology Quiz 3, Ophthalmology Quiz, and Boston Mission Trip

How on Earth did I make it this far!?  It was through the power and strength of Jesus Christ!!  Amen Lord!  So, I am writing this on the commencement of my Spring Break, which means my thoughts have gone elsewhere.  I will do my best to recount my experience this week.  Four assignments this week!

1) General Surgery= We had our Written and Practical Final on Monday, and I thought the questions were not as crazy as from Principles of Surgery.  The written portion was primarily multiple choice with only 4 short answers.  Don’t be fooled with the short answers though.  They want you to be thorough with your answers, and questions was worth 5 points from your grade.  Show them that you know the information.  The practical portion was extremely easy!!!  There were a total of 32 questions (all multiple choice).  It will feel very drawn out though (you will finish most questions in under 15 seconds then wait/ each station is 90 seconds . . . hope you eat because my stomach was growling very noisily! J You’ll do fine!

2)Systemic Pathology and Pre-test and Test= Yeah-yeah, this means I did not pass the pre-test.  So what!  I was determine to succeed for the test!  So, you guys are used to my pre-tests being done online.  Well, the professor switched it up on us!  We were given just one sheet of paper and asked to write the pathogenesis on some diseases!  Pathogenesis is my weak point!!  But, it was not bad at all guys!  I actually enjoyed the test experience! 🙂

3)Toxicology Quiz= Having this with another exam is not fun at all!  But, glory to God I passed!  Gosh, this is a painful class!!  It was 16 multiple choice questions this time.

4)Ophthalmology Quiz= Our last quiz in this class!!  And it was one of the most challenging ones 😦

Update on Clinical Pathology:  I did well!!  Thank you Jesus!  You can do it guys.  Half of it was take-home though, so that greatly aided in my success!

I am in Boston right now!!  I know random right?  Well, my Bible study group asked if I could join them on a mission trip to evangelize in schools such as Harvard and MIT.  This is my first time here in Boston and enjoying my time!!  God, use me as a vessel to reveal your love and beautiful light.

ImageFirst time using a subway system!

ImageCool looking alleyways in Boston!

Through Him,


Matthew 28:19= “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Snow Day Miracle! (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary = Ophthalmology Exam 1, Clinical Pathology Exam 1, and Anesthesiology Quiz 4 & Protocol Paper due

ImageHappy Snow Day!!

For real????  Lord, you are such a magnificent God!  You saw my struggle with this crazy workload this week.   You saw my desperate need for help, and you greatly supplied it!  Thank you Lord for taking good care of me.  I love you so much!  So yep, we got a Snow Day when I desperately needed it before my Ophthalmology exam on Friday.  Here are the 6 things we all did this week:

1)We had an online Ophthalmology quiz due on Monday, and it was a bit challenging to be honest with you.  It was take home, and you could discuss it among your classmates.  I am just not a fan where multiple choice questions have multiple correct answers.  If you thought an answer was right and got it wrong, it deducts an answer you had correctly chosen.  It gets thought-provoking when a question is formatted like this.  I managed to do well though plus it helps prepare you!

2)Also on Monday was our Clinical Pathology Exam 1.  It was very long with a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, and analyzing test results from different species.  After taking it, I felt like I did the best I could, but my efforts were unfortunately not reflected on the grade.  When this happens, it is due to the fact that I second guessed myself with many of the questions, or I did not have enough time to fully immerse myself in the material.  The ladder has been a normal occurrence for me with this very fast-pace schedule in vet school.  Two more tests to go!  I can rebound from this Lord!!

3&4)2 Assignments had to be postponed due to the well deserved Snow Day.  The last Anesthesia quiz was postponed to Friday, and it involved the Pharmacology section.  You really have to practice differentiating between proper drugs for different species and see what are some detrimental side-effects of each drug to do well on this next quiz.  The Bone/Muscle Pre-test is postponed until Monday.  This is what the professor said the the format will be like:

The pre-test will be only 5 case based questions that are short answer, hand written (not on elc new like usual).  There will be visuals and the client’s history. With some of the cases, she will sometimes ask us to explain the issue so that an owner will understand (don’t use big words to explain in this instance). Hope this helps!

5)The last thing I had to conquer was the Ophthalmology (make sure you know how to spell this word 🙂 ).  It consisted on multiple choice and short answer, and it was challenging for me.  Make sure to look over the Lab Cases because some were reuse in the exam.  With the cases though, if you get one question wrong, it will ultimately affect the other answers regarding the same case.  Tests like these frustrate and frighten me (but that’s just me).  A classmate told me the experience of taking the exam was fun for her. Update: Did well!  (JESUS!!)

6) Remember to turn in your protocol paper for Anesthesia.  I highly recommend being in a big group and discuss each case after everyone completed their assigned case.  Also, the Lab final for Anesthesia was very much like the protocol paper.

We get to start surgery next week!!!  I am so excited, and we have our piglets now.  I am already attached!

Through Him,


1 Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.”