Friday, July 11, 2008

Medical Fact of the Day

As a current dental student, I split my time between baseball and all things medical and dental. In an effort to widen the scope of my blog, I will be posting a daily medical or dental fact that I have recently learned or researched in greater detail. This semester, I am taking neuroscience, physiology, a dentures course, pharmacology, dental occlusion, anesthesiology, and periodontology. Facts may or may not be related to any one of these topics.

Temporal Mandibular Joint (or TMJ) disorders can include a wide variety of conditions and symptoms. Pain, clicking, headaches, vertigo, and poor muscle function are just a few of the complaints made by patients suffering from a TMJ disorder, which can be the result of poor alignment of teeth, trauma to the jaw, bruxing (or teeth grinding), or even hereditary issues. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a TMJ related condition, see your local dentist or head and neck specialist. ...Read more


James Qu said...

Wow I didn't know that dental students also learned neuro and physio (for the whole body or just the mouth part?)... haha I guess I am ignorant for thinking so.

I will be attending medical school next year and I am glad to hear that you still have some time for some baseball :)

Adam G said...

Hey James, thanks for the comment.

Dental students actually spend their first 2 years taking almost exactly the same science courses as med students, but the classes are a bit more oriented towards the dental side of things. Our gross anatomy classes, physio, and neuro classes cover the whole body, and then we get supplemental information about how it relates to the mouth, head and neck muscles, etc.

Good luck with med school, and yes I'm glad I have a little bit of time for baseball as well. My day usually starts at 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. with class til 5:00 p.m., then I study or do lab work from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. I usually write posts and check stats between classes or during boring lectures, but sometimes during a busy exam schedule I can't always make time to write much.

James Qu said...

Oh wow,

I did not know that you guys had similar (if not the same) classes as the med students.

Your schedule sounds brutal nonetheless though. I'm glad our classes begin at 9am :P

Know your schedule is making me appreciate your posts even more!

Adam G said...

Yeah, school can be brutal sometimes, but you get used to it and find the time to get stuff done. I've learned to do in 10 minutes what I used to do in an hour, and luckily I'm pretty good at memorizing stuff, otherwise life would be horrible.
But there's always time for baseball, right?