Thursday, May 29, 2008

Halfway there...

So today marked the official end of my last exam of my St. Andrews career. Essentially, I am halfway to becoming a doctor (assuming I passed this round and all future rounds of exams). It's quite scary, actually, but exciting at the same time. In proper St. Andrews tradition, my friend all showed up with massive amounts of water and drenched me the moment I left the Bute building. It was freezing but hey, traditions are traditions, and that's half of what St. Andrews is popular for (the other half being that the prince studied here)/

Will be quite busy this summer with revision and other such things, not sure if i'll find time to post. So if not, see y'all next year for the start of my clinicals!!


Monday, May 19, 2008

New CPR Protocol


Sorry for the lack of posting, been fairly busy with dissertation presentations, studying for final OSCE of St. Andrews, and sorting out living arrangements and other things for next year.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Comparison of Gene Expression and DNA Copy Number Data to Identify Amplicons in Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is one of the primary causes of death in women in the world. Many genes have been implicated in the predisposition to this disease. In this experiment, chromosomal copy number changes were analyzed alongside gene expression. Using CGH technology, changes in DNA copy number in four tumors were used to detect areas of DNA Amplification. Gene expression levels found on 250k SNP arrays were inspected to match areas of increased expression with the previously found amplicons. Areas of correlated expression were sought in the hopes of locating specific genes being over-expressed, with the possibility they are driver genes of the amplicon, and therefore possible oncogenes. Of the eighteen amplicons found, four yielded posivtive correlation results (correlation hugher than 0.6 within a 1 megabase genomic window). The amplicons on Chromosomes 17, 12, 8, and 6 were analyzed in more detail.

I can now honestly say that I am FINISHED with my dissertation, as I submitted it for printing this morning. I still need to do our "portfolio entry" (they love making us 'reflect', as practice for later), as well as fill out a questionnaire, pick up the printed version, and hand it in; but the hard bit is over! Today is alll relaxation, and getting ready for the parties of the week.

If anyone wants to check out the full dissertation (no idea why you would), drop me a line and I'll send it your way.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Quick Update

As the Dissertation deadline for submission draws closer and closer, I realize more and more that I have NO IDEA what I'm writing about. I have a general idea as to the topic and I understand some of the more basic, broad things that I am reading in these articles (all for my intro), but for every 1 thing I read that I understand, there must be 5 more that I have no idea what the hell is going on. I have resigned to just pretend like I know what I'm doing, keep writing a bunch of random words down on paper, and hope for the best.

One things for sure - I'm definitely not going into research.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

1 Year Blogiversary!

Today marks the 1 year mark of my starting this blog. I was quite bored during reading week (aka procrastinating) and had been reading medical blogs for quite a while, and decided I should write one myself.

To date, I have written 88 posts (much lower than I expected when I started), and have received 6,261 hits (definitely much MORE than I expected!). I have had quite the time this past year, with plenty of things happening, not only to me but the world as well.

I would like to say thanks to all the people who read this, and hope you have enjoyed it. I definitely plan to keep this going, especially once I start my clinical time in Preston, so stay tuned!



Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Fake memories...

hmm...saw this on a friend's blog, decided to see if anyone here would give it a go!

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE-UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.

In other news, I have essentially gotten all my data for my dissertation, and my advisor says that "in theory, in two weeks time, I should have written the whole thing". So yeah, basically all during my spring break at home, I'll be writing (if I can motivate myself, that is!) I still have 2 weeks after that to finalize, etc, but it's nice to finally have a deadline, of sorts.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Me in a nutshell...

Saw this picture on the internet today, thought it summed up my life quite well lol...

In other news, tonight is the Bute Ball, the big medical school ball put on by the Bute Medical Society. At the beginning of my 1st year, I told myself that to the 3rd year Bute Ball, I would wear a kilt (and associated outfit). Well, that day is finally upon us, and the kilt is here (rented). I'm quite excited but also a little apprehensive...we'll see how it goes.