Endocrine, week 4

Let’s see – weight gain, mood changes from euphoria to irritability, decreasing libido and elevated blood pressure – either it’s exam time or we’re studying the adrenals … hey wait it’s both! Week 4 of Endocrine is still focused on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, with this week’s material covering the adrenal glands and the many effects of the hormones produced there. The symptoms above describe Cushing’s syndrome, i.e. cortisol excess, which I’m convinced was first seen in a medical student. In fact I’m pretty sure that the mere thought of finals is enough to inducer higher levels of cortisol in the system, but then I have been speaking about finals for over a month now, so I can’t say that it’s a surprise…

There is only one week left before classes are officially over. In the next week we will have the course wrap up as well as several professors speak about the up and coming lab exams. Speaking of which – the gross anatomy lab has been a flurry of activity for a couple weeks now as people are desperately trying to cram all the muscles, nerves, arteries, veins, insertions and attachments into their little brains. We will have a week off after Endocrine week 5 and then the hell of finals will start. I am nervous and not quite ready yet, but honestly can’t wait to get them over and onto the Christmas break. Posting may become a little sporadic over the next couple of weeks as studying for finals will begin to dominate all the spare time I have …

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