As I frequently write in my blog entries, it never ceases to amaze me how much I am learning in PA school. When I am able to relate what we are learning now in class to something I have already done or experienced in my clinical time at the hospital, it is a great feeling.
When I was a PCT on the floor last year, I would do EKGs on several of my patients almost daily. My job required me to do the EKG and put in the chart for the doctor to examine. I remember looking at the piece of paper just before I closed the chart each time, thinking that it all seemed so complicated.
This week we had the first of our cardiac material of this semester and have been learning about reading and interpreting EKGs. When we first started, I felt the same feelings coming back from the year before--I stared at the paper and saw nothing more than a confusing set of lines. As overwhelming and foreign as the process of looking at EKGs had been to me, as things were progressing, I was reminded of how rewarding it can be to learn how to do something I knew nothing about less than a year ago.
Being able to see how far I have come in such little time is so rewarding this week because I am building on not only all of the experiences that have led me to this point, but I am also building on those experiences and learning so much more than I thought I was capable of at this time last year.