And we’re off…

May 15, 2010 —

In officially one week we are finished with our didactic (classroom) year. For those of you unaware of how our program is set up, here is a quick rundown.

Our program starts in June and from that point on we go through numerous classes that give us the best comprehensive study of all aspects of healthcare. This is called our didactic year and that is what I will have officially completed in one week and one day.

We then begin our clinical year. Our clinical year is 12 months and depending on the schedule we get, we do between 12-14 rotations. Most rotations are a month long and there is a possibility of a few two-week rotations as well. During that time we will take all the knowledge we learned during our didactic year and apply it to patients and diseases that we will see throughout the year. Our rotations consist of: 12 weeks of family practice, 12 weeks of adult primary care, four weeks of emergency medicine, four weeks of psychiatry, four weeks of surgery and 12 weeks of electives.

The combination of our didactic and clinical year will help prepare us for our boards and, most importantly, for our career as healthcare providers. Needless to say…I am beyond ecstatic to get out and have face-to-face contact with patients. This is what I have been working for my entire life and it’s crazy to think the time has come!

We begin rotations June 7 and I know it will be such a great experience. Then after the clinical year is over we come back for a 25th month on campus. During that month we GRADUATE (whoot whoot), prepare for boards and present healthcare presentations. So I am officially nearly half way done with this program and look forward to whatever the next half of my time in this program will hold.

Daley Dodd was born and raised in the little ol’ town of Newton, IA. Growing up involved sports, dance, clubs and anything under the sun that could keep the family busy. This busy bee life flowed over into her college years at Northwest Missouri State University. She was a member of the Northwest Dance team, taught dance at a local studio, a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and involved in Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). After college Daley journeyed on over to Europe and had the time of her life. While there she worked for CCC and got to experience new cultures, foods and people. After a year abroad her cravings for American food got the best of her and she came home. After living in Nebraska a year she decided to jump back on the school ship and came to DMU. She has loved her experience here so far and can’t wait for everything to come.


  • Niru Pandeya

    Please do not forget that in clinical years you may encounter clinicians who love to teach by old school, trauma technique. The days of loving basic science teachers with infinite patience are gone for ever. You will be required to come up with quick and correct answers,ALWAYS.
    Belittling, humiliating and “pimping” for trivia will be part of the curriculum!

    Best of luck. Future is exciting!!

  • Urmi

    Hey Daley good to hear from you again.Thanks for sharing the details of the program.I really appreciate the combination that is being provided by DMU as it will have an impact on the careers of the medical students who have studied in DMU.Wish you all the very best Daley.May you be able to make full use of the remaining time.Keep me updated.Thanks.

  • Afriqiyah

    Congratulation Daley. I hope you learnt a lot from your classes. In your last post you told us about your first aid class. Please share your experience in the coming post and wish you all the best for the coming time. Bye and take care.

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    Congratulation Daley. All the best for your future endeavors.