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See Me In CT - Babushka's Rad Journey Through Radiography
« on: August 26, 2017, 02:02:55 am »
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Hey all  :D

I'm babushka, graduated VCE in 2016 with an ATAR of 93.35. I'm currently in my first year of university, studying the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Honours) at Monash University (Clayton campus).

Looking back on my choices and present career satisfaction, I feel like I've picked a pretty good, solid, rewarding line. I had an interest in biology virtually all my life, and all through high school wanted to do something in health. I considered med for a while, but stuffed up my VCE with some personal struggles, so opted for allied health instead. I don't have regrets - I believe I'll end up where I was meant to be in the end. I'm struggling enough with uni at the moment, probably wasn't ready for undergraduate medicine anyway. Initially I was looking at med then a postgrad through radiology. After opting out of med, I looked into radiation therapy, and following a tour at Peter Mac, I thought that industry looked incredibly rewarding. However, being a highly specialised field, the only undergraduate option was at RMIT Bundoora, and since I'm not driving, the commute wasn't really worthwhile, so I ended up in radiography at monash, which means my commute time, transport options and hours marry somewhat more nicely and I'm still living at home. There are several postgrad options from radiography, so I'm thinking its a worthwhile trade-off.

So that's my pathway into my course.

My first semester at university was tough, enjoyable, challenging, rewarding and even intimidating. I learnt more than I thought I could, I developed some confidence in myself as a person, and I'm learning more about who I can be in the future. I'm loving the independence of uni life, but I'm still hoping to learn more about accepting and taking on more responsibility for myself - next on the radar is to actually get my license, get a job and make some friends. Socially, uni has been hard. I don't really struggle to talk to people, but I do struggle to belong. I made a few friends, but since my cohort has 80 students and we divide into 2 tutorial groups which change each semester, I'm finding that my friendships at uni are quite shallow - we talk in class but we don't hang out in breaks or call if we need help or catch up outside of uni. People are lovely, but many cliques got established in the first semester, and there's a few that I can definitely not see myself with, and others that just really don't seem to want to talk to anyone else. I don't mind being on my own, but since it's such a small course, it'd be nice being able to talk to more people and feel like I could actually approach someone if I needed, rather than the superficial relationships I seem to have at the moment.

Academically, I haven't found a rhythm of how to study, or what to study, or how to review content. I'm doing okay at uni, but I definitely could and should be doing more, and I hope soon I can work that out. Updates on my academic progress to come, but I'm hoping to use this space to encourage myself to get on track.

I'm not too sure where I want to go after this course just yet. I think I'll practice in straight radiography for a few years, preferably a hospital rather than a clinic, perhaps look into specialising in CT. I might look into sonography, then later in life move to radiation therapy once I have more maturity and experience working with emotionally susceptible patients and families. But first, I need to find my motivation, find passion in what I'm doing, and find confidence in my ability to practice this profession. I really hope it works out and gets better for me soon. I hope I can be happy here. :) :)
« Last Edit: September 11, 2017, 06:39:41 pm by K888 »
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Re: SEE ME IN CT - BABUSHKA'S RAD JOURNEY THROUGH RADIOGRAPHY
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 10:58:33 am »
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YAAAAS BABUSHKA!!!  8)
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 11:08:00 am »
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Sooooooo excited to read your next instalments ;D

How are you finding the semester so far? :)

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 11:45:25 am »
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26/08/17-

I have my first of two image analysis tests on Monday, which together make up 7.5% of my mark. I didn't do too well on this for the lower limb last semester so today's all about studying for that. This one's on the abdomen, pelvis, hip, femur, shoulder, acromioclavicular joint, scapula and clavicle. It's a lot of content and I forgot to do the shoulder quiz so that's going to be a challenge.

-Finished doing my C spine part one quiz review
-Reviewing abdomen case examples for image analysis (struggling through this omg :-[ )

Need to look at shoulder and hip positioning, and image analysis of the shoulder girdle in a lot more depth today.

YAAAAS BABUSHKA!!!  8)

love you so much <3 <3

Sooooooo excited to read your next instalments ;D

How are you finding the semester so far? :)

Thanks K888! This semester is a massive challenge actually. Taking one 18 credit point unit that at this point feels just as intense as my 6 is really hard. The amount of pathology we're doing is insane given that we're not qualified to diagnose. Rad labs got flooded on open day weekend too, so that pushed our labs back a week, and the speed of the semester is so fast. Last semester we spent a 3 hour lab on imaging of the hand, and now we spend a 3 hour lab covering abdomens, pelvis and axiolateral hips which is absolutely hectic. Falling behind so quickly. But the hours have gone down so I'm only at uni about 30 hours a week now (22 contact hours). Not feeling too confident, but I'm a lot more determined to get the most out of my 6 week placement after exams in October, should be a bit less stressful since its after exams and we go on holidays after we finish up. Since the labs aren't as dedicated as last semester, all the practice I can get on placement will be worth so much, so I can go to some more busy/highly regarded trauma centres in second year  :) hope your journey is going well too! <3
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Re: SEE ME IN CT - BABUSHKA'S RAD JOURNEY THROUGH RADIOGRAPHY
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 08:49:20 pm »
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26/08/17-

I have my first of two image analysis tests on Monday, which together make up 7.5% of my mark. I didn't do too well on this for the lower limb last semester so today's all about studying for that. This one's on the abdomen, pelvis, hip, femur, shoulder, acromioclavicular joint, scapula and clavicle. It's a lot of content and I forgot to do the shoulder quiz so that's going to be a challenge.

-Finished doing my C spine part one quiz review
-Reviewing abdomen case examples for image analysis (struggling through this omg :-[ )

Need to look at shoulder and hip positioning, and image analysis of the shoulder girdle in a lot more depth today.
This is hectic as!! I'm so glad that all I have to do is read x-rays (which is hard enough), learning how to take them is a whole other ballgame haha.
When I had my most recent hip-xrays, the positioning seemed pretty tricky! So I hope (and have full faith) that you can smash it 8)

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Thanks K888! This semester is a massive challenge actually. Taking one 18 credit point unit that at this point feels just as intense as my 6 is really hard. The amount of pathology we're doing is insane given that we're not qualified to diagnose. Rad labs got flooded on open day weekend too, so that pushed our labs back a week, and the speed of the semester is so fast. Last semester we spent a 3 hour lab on imaging of the hand, and now we spend a 3 hour lab covering abdomens, pelvis and axiolateral hips which is absolutely hectic. Falling behind so quickly. But the hours have gone down so I'm only at uni about 30 hours a week now (22 contact hours). Not feeling too confident, but I'm a lot more determined to get the most out of my 6 week placement after exams in October, should be a bit less stressful since its after exams and we go on holidays after we finish up. Since the labs aren't as dedicated as last semester, all the practice I can get on placement will be worth so much, so I can go to some more busy/highly regarded trauma centres in second year  :) hope your journey is going well too! <3
Feels about taking the one unit - mine's worth 24 points and it's crazy! Am still behind on stuff from week 1, and now I just have to ride the flow because I don't have a great deal of free time to go back and go over things. Not having good organisational skills is definitely killing me haha, and I wanted to try push for a HD this semester, or at least to top my marks from last semester, but I worry that I'm not gonna be able to do that. Pretty disatisfied with my performance so far haha, but I guess that's the way of life.

Super glad to hear about your placement! So awesome to have something to remind you exactly why you're doing the course, and to help keep that passion burning. :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 12:37:30 pm »
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This is hectic as!! I'm so glad that all I have to do is read x-rays (which is hard enough), learning how to take them is a whole other ballgame haha.
When I had my most recent hip-xrays, the positioning seemed pretty tricky! So I hope (and have full faith) that you can smash it 8)
Feels about taking the one unit - mine's worth 24 points and it's crazy! Am still behind on stuff from week 1, and now I just have to ride the flow because I don't have a great deal of free time to go back and go over things. Not having good organisational skills is definitely killing me haha, and I wanted to try push for a HD this semester, or at least to top my marks from last semester, but I worry that I'm not gonna be able to do that. Pretty disatisfied with my performance so far haha, but I guess that's the way of life.

Super glad to hear about your placement! So awesome to have something to remind you exactly why you're doing the course, and to help keep that passion burning. :)

Yeah it's insane. Reading x-rays isn't particularly easy either, no, but it sucks that we have to learn all this pathology and identify all of it on images but still aren't allowed to diagnose. Yeah I'm studying my hips right now, it's the biggest nightmare when you have a trauma patient that you're not allowed to move or transfer  :(

Damn 24 is insane! But at least you just have the one unit to focus on at the moment :) I trust you're going to do awesome <3 I feel like I'm still behind on stuff from last semester! Crazy busy and yeah, definitely need to start working on planning out time better. I was aiming at doing better this semester too, but honestly feeling like its taking all I've got to just keep passing. I guess it's taking some time to settle in and learn how to study effectively too, trust that next year will be better <3

As a general update;
Didn't get much done last night, went to my grandmother's house for her birthday around 6.30, only meant to stay a couple of hours but came home around 11 and was feeling thoroughly depressed and out of touch with life. Honestly not feeling like myself this year in general, I don't think I've let go of past events and they still haunt me. I think I need help, but I know I can't get it. I feel like I'm falling in a deeper and deeper hole the more I ignore how I'm feeling but I just can't afford to stop and think about it. I know if I do, it'll set me back and I'll have to relive everything and actually deal with it, and I'm not ready for that. Balancing all this is getting hard, and I'm struggling to force myself to ignore it. My study isn't efficient while I'm having panic attacks at uni. It's taking me hours to understand concepts and I don't have the time for this. But I'm sleeping for hours at a time every day too.

Currently trying to study image analysis criteria and case examples of mediolateral oblique unilateral hips, then going to look at positioning and image analysis of the shoulder and all the associated anatomy (clavicles and scapula and joint spaces/rotator cuff). Later today I'll look at my three group assignments and some positioning reviews for my test tomorrow. Hoping today is more productive than yesterday.

Hope everyone's well and having a great weekend.  :)
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2017, 01:31:19 pm »
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Had my first image analysis test today, actually went so badly, though everyone seemed to struggle a fair bit. Think I'll pass but not expecting anything higher than a 65. Really need to work on analysing the shoulder.

Going to relax a bit tonight, then study some radiobiology and physics for my test on Wednesday and revise heart anatomy for tomorrow's dissection and positioning of the cervical and thoracic spines for tomorrow's lab. Not particularly keen, some of these lectures are so poorly structured they're hard to follow  :(
Need to submit my group's referencing assignment tonight too and have a look at my indigenous community project assignment.Not feeling very motivated but more than anything it's a worthwhile distraction.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2017, 11:24:46 pm »
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Hi Babushka,

I'm also thinking of doing Bachelor of Radiology but I'm not sure whether to choose Monash or RMIT. Could you give me a run down of what the course is like at Monash? What's the vibe like? Do you like it there?

Thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 10:41:08 pm »
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Hi Babushka,

I'm also thinking of doing Bachelor of Radiology but I'm not sure whether to choose Monash or RMIT. Could you give me a run down of what the course is like at Monash? What's the vibe like? Do you like it there?

Thanks!

Hey! So a few days ago I actually drafted like a 1000 word response and I was going to proofread it and rip I lost it all, so tbh been a little frustrated and not motivated to rewrite the whole thing when I don't remember it, but once my hectic period is over I will definitely do this, I feel so bad how long you must be waiting for this response! Hope you're doing okay, and I hope to get that response up over the weekend :)

Haven't posted an update in a long time so this is just going to be a review of my past fortnight.

29/08/17
Had my heart dissection in anatomy lab which was actually so good, learnt heaps about the heart anatomy and it's helped a lot with chest x-ray radiographic anatomy.
Had lab in the afternoon which was actually alright, feeling a little more comfortable in the lab now, though practice will only come from placement which I'm getting a little intimidated about.

30/08/17
Dosimetry test today. Worst run assessment I think I've ever seen in my life. Walk into the room, lecturer's not there, had some practice questions to review at the same time as doing the assessment, attendance wasn't taken, five people at a table sitting next to each other, people discussing the questions with each other, people showing each other their papers, open book, general bullshit. Still, not a hurdle and worth 2.5% so not too stressed, it was worth like 10 marks and I shouldn't fall below 7 or 8.

01/09/17
Bio unit presentations started on this date, which wasn't mine, so we were marking the other presentations. Some really good stuff going around, definitely learnt a fair bit from these. 8am starts for a presentation is never fun so my lecturer brought in chips and lollies  ;) My 2pm tute got cancelled, my 12pm lecturer apparently didn't show up and my 1pm was destined to be useless anyway, so I went shopping with a friend after my day finished at 9.30 in the morning :P

04/09/17
Had two lectures from 9-11, then caught up with my partner for my bio presentation to go over the content of our poster, then went shopping in the afternoon with my sister. Been fairly motivated this week so it was nice to get out and have a nice day and still come home and get some more work done for our presentation.

05/09/17
Tuesdays are always hectic and this was no different. 9am lecture on pathology, nearly fell asleep I can never concentrate in pathology :( Last anatomy lab for the semester, which is a shame because I learn so much in these, but it was so good. On the anatomy of the respiratory system, and learning how to identify lungs and heart grooves and observe dissections of wet specimen thorax was so beneficial, probably the most educational lab I've had this semester! :) Lumbosacral spine and lateral thoracic in lab, generally getting the hang of it which is nice. Have a reasonably old guy for one of my positioning stations and he usually does his model palpations on the only guy in my group but needed to investigate the curvature of the female figure... being felt up the waist and hips by an old guy you don't know is not a particularly pleasant experience but there it is  ::) Had a long day so didn't get much done in the evening, worked a bit on my poster though.

06/09/17
Short easy day today, path tute at 9 which was one of the easier ones on diabetes. Clinical tutorial at 10 which I really wasn't feeling so kind of relaxed, but it was generally relaxed since my lecturer has just returned from a few weeks away for grievance. Caught up with my partner again for my presentation, then had another tute at 1.
Had a doctor's appointment so didn't get home til 4.30, then had a nap by accident.. Had to get my poster printed and meant to email it to my partner but didn't get it to her til 8 so we had a lot of drama cos a lot of places wouldn't print it on time, so my mother bless her saved the day <3

07/09/17
Had an early day, left at 7 with my mum to get our poster printed, which bless we found a place that would do it by 2pm today which was amazing. Got to uni by 8.30, didn't have class til 11, so caught up with my partner to divide up the presentation, worked on my wiki presentation from 9 since I'd neglected that for my poster presentation (which is worth six times as much). Had image analysis tutorial on lumbosacral, making some good progress with that which is great. Had a double lecture series on respiratory physiology, but I missed the first part as I was walking my friend on crutches back to her room and missed half of it, so I went to play with the monash puppies instead  8) :) good investment, made my day. Second part physiology was actually pretty good, lecturer has a great accent and actually teaches in a way that is hard not to understand which is awesome. At the moment just fixing up my Wiki for my group presentation tomorrow afternoon, and preparing my notes for my partner presentation tomorrow morning. Hope it all goes okay :)

Hope everyone's Friday is delightful tomorrow <3
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Re: SEE ME IN CT - BABUSHKA'S RAD JOURNEY THROUGH RADIOGRAPHY
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2017, 09:40:30 pm »
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Hey! So a few days ago I actually drafted like a 1000 word response and I was going to proofread it and rip I lost it all, so tbh been a little frustrated and not motivated to rewrite the whole thing when I don't remember it, but once my hectic period is over I will definitely do this, I feel so bad how long you must be waiting for this response! Hope you're doing okay, and I hope to get that response up over the weekend :)


Hey babushka818,

That''s okay! There's no rush, still a couple more weeks before VTAC Applications are due. Can't wait to read it, when you post it :)

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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2017, 09:07:14 pm »
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Hey babushka818,

That''s okay! There's no rush, still a couple more weeks before VTAC Applications are due. Can't wait to read it, when you post it :)

Thanks :) would've done this today but regretfully got really sick, spent much of my day sleeping and vomiting so that was fun.. Feeling better now, I'll hope to get this up during the week!

08/09/17 + weekend
Had my poster presentation at 8.30 this morning, actually went pretty well, was surprised at how confident I felt doing this, hope the marking of the presentations goes alright! Need to spend the next week writing the 1000 word report that goes with this due on Friday, done about 4-500 words of this already.
Had a two hour break, did some editing and formatting of my group wiki for my presentation. Had the last lecture in a 3-part physiology series of respiratory system, fell asleep in the last 15 minutes so ditched my physics lecture right after and caught up with a friend instead. Had the wiki presentation at 2, which also went alright, 10 minutes among 4 people and wasn't graded so not too stressed, but gotta fix up the wiki and write the group 1000 word report for that which is due this Wednesday.

Wanted to spend the weekend getting those reports done and studying for my spine image analysis test, but got really sick today so haven't done much. Guess we'll just take it a day at a time. Not sure if I'll go to uni tomorrow, not feeling too great right now :(
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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2017, 09:37:08 pm »
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Thanks :) would've done this today but regretfully got really sick, spent much of my day sleeping and vomiting so that was fun.. Feeling better now, I'll hope to get this up during the week!

Awww, hope you get better! Sending you my warmest wishes! It seems like this year the sickness is pretty bad -  Thank-you very much in advance!

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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2017, 08:25:09 pm »
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Awww, hope you get better! Sending you my warmest wishes! It seems like this year the sickness is pretty bad -  Thank-you very much in advance!

Thank you so much <3

11/09/17
Had a fairly chill day and wanted to take a bit of a relaxing approach, so went to my 9am image analysis review, which I was actually really happy with, 28/32 and I didn't even know much of my theory or finish the test, so its nice to know that my application skills aren't that bad after thinking I couldn't do this for months :) Went to my bony thorax positioning lecture after that which was good, not particularly easy at all but hopefully lab clears that up. Only had one lecture after that at 1, so decided not to go, instead went to the shops to buy a dress for ball, which I'm actually getting excited about since I think I might just end the semester on a good note :) probably spending too much money but a little indulgence once in a while is fine right? ::)

Had a decent evening, rested a bit, ate a bit, watched TV casually for the first time in months, finished my group 1000 word report due Wednesday, now working on my group 1000 word report for Friday and hope to get image analysis of the cervical spine and shoulder done tonight before bed. Finally feel like I'm getting to a good place at uni, feeling pretty good right now  :D
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2017, 08:37:09 pm »
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Thank you so much <3

11/09/17
Had a fairly chill day and wanted to take a bit of a relaxing approach, so went to my 9am image analysis review, which I was actually really happy with, 28/32 and I didn't even know much of my theory or finish the test, so its nice to know that my application skills aren't that bad after thinking I couldn't do this for months :) Went to my bony thorax positioning lecture after that which was good, not particularly easy at all but hopefully lab clears that up. Only had one lecture after that at 1, so decided not to go, instead went to the shops to buy a dress for ball, which I'm actually getting excited about since I think I might just end the semester on a good note :) probably spending too much money but a little indulgence once in a while is fine right? ::)

Had a decent evening, rested a bit, ate a bit, watched TV casually for the first time in months, finished my group 1000 word report due Wednesday, now working on my group 1000 word report for Friday and hope to get image analysis of the cervical spine and shoulder done tonight before bed. Finally feel like I'm getting to a good place at uni, feeling pretty good right now  :D
It seems like you have bounced back and on roll now compared to before. I like how you commented on your application skills helping you improve your mark on the test.
I too also feel that when you are put in a position to apply the skills you have learned previously, you internalize it a lot better compared to just rote-learning the theory.

I continually look forward to reading about how you get on with your course.
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2017, 10:00:06 pm »
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It seems like you have bounced back and on roll now compared to before. I like how you commented on your application skills helping you improve your mark on the test.
I too also feel that when you are put in a position to apply the skills you have learned previously, you internalize it a lot better compared to just rote-learning the theory.

I continually look forward to reading about how you get on with your course.

Yeah definitely feeling more confident now, and I'm actually really excited to see how much I learn and how my confidence will grow while on placement this semester. I've always been apprehensive about what I didn't know, almost afraid of it, and too afraid to write something down if I wasn't confident, but even though I didn't know a lot, it was really rewarding to take that chance and have a stab to find that things actually went well. I hope I get more into placement and try and get the most out of it.

Thanks very much for your support and interest :)
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