Quick update: I’m back in my home state after a very fun, very exhausting trip to see one of my college classmates get married.  I’ll be home around 10 PM, with PA training classes back in session bright and early at 8AM.  Needless to say, I’ll need some caffeine.  The word is that we are having hematology lecture with the medical students this week, which pushed our exams back a couple of days.  This is our first shared instruction with the MD students, and I’m excited to meet a few of them (those little whipper snappers!)

I’m posting one of the resources I did get to use while I was gone because I think it’s awesome: a great lecture on different types of antibiotics.  It was given at UCSF medical school and recommended to us as a good summary.   If you are in medicine or plan to be, you should find it helpful.  It also gives you an idea of the level of detail we receive in our PA instruction, though some lectures are much tougher (renal pathophysiology comes immediately to mind…)  You’ll notice there’s no abstruse math or chemistry here, but topics do build on concepts that my classmates and I have all had in microbiology and physiology (program prerequisites).  I like to think that the level of detail that we learn from is the level that is relevant to practice. If you are a science egghead (and some of us are) and you want to go back and memorize the chemical structure for lipoteichoic acid, a component of bacterial cell walls–well, knock yourself out.  But in clinical practice, such details are rarely useful, so we don’t waste time on them.

I’ll copy this to the video page, where it will make a nice companion for the lecture on bacterial quorum sensing that I and so many others have loved.  Enjoy.    -P