Thursday, March 12, 2009

Well...I did it. I spoke to a Biology Department adviser and am now an officially declared Biology minor. I have to take two, three unit 100-level classes, and then I need four units of upper division Bio (with lab). That's it. I'm considering Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology...but there may be something else that sounds really interesting.

In other news...the two other Physiology TA's and I just finished correcting our portion of the first midterm for Physio. We corrected the multiple choice and the short essay questions...the Professor is correcting the two long essays. Good grief they did terribly! Average on the multiple choice was 48% person got 98% and one got 96%...of course this pulled up the average, so you can imagine just how bad it was. One of the questions I corrected was, "What is a goiter? How does it occur (be specific)? How can hyperthyroidism cause a goiter? Hypothyroidism?". One answer was "A goiter is a lump, sometimes in the neck. Hyperthyroidism is because there's too much. Hypothyrodism is because there's too little". I kid you not! No one mentioned TSH, TRH, negative feedback, or recepter activity; few mentioned Iodine...and one that did simply said that salt in America is iodized so no one in America gets goiters because there isn't a lack of Iodine in the diet!

Maybe more than one person will start showing up for study review sessions each week?!?