Fall 2012 Microbiology Students -- STAND UP! - page 18
Since we had these threads when I was in A&P I and II, and I thought I'd start one for Microbiology. Anybody else delving into the world of bacteria and viruses this fall? Let's start a support... Read More
Nov 16, '12I have exam #4 the Monday following Thanksgiving break, a power point presentation on Toxoplasmosis, the lab test December 5th and the comp. final on Dec 10th! We are done with all of our labs, which makes me sad. Those were the best part of class. I then get six weeks off before starting my final semester of prereqs (algebra, statistics and nutrition).
Only have 5 more classes!!!!!
(My 10-day wait for exam #3 totally worth it. I either got a 98% or 100%, depending on if she gives us credit for a question that we defended why our answer was right).
Nov 16, '12All I have left is 1 lecture exam, 1 lab exam, and the bacterial unknown project. Woo hoo! All I need on the lecture exam is an 88 to be exempt from the lecture final so *fingers crossed* for that. Lecture is 70% of our grade and lab is 30% so I'm focusing more on the lecture portion these days. I have a fairly solid A in both sections right now so as long as I keep the momentum going, I'll finish the class with an A.
Nov 16, '12Just started Unknowns on Wed. I know my Sample B is M. luteus. It's the only bacteria we've used all semester that has a distinctly bright, yellow color. I still don't know what Sample A is yet, but I did an EMB & PEA streak plate to differentiate as well as start my broth cultures so I can Gram stain on Monday. So far, lots of fun trying to plan an "attack strategy" for identifying my unknowns with the least number of tests possible (using dichotomous keys).
No more quizzes or test left. Just the Unknown report to complete plus the final exam in both lab & lecture. Can't wait to end the semester!!!
Nov 17, '12So when us everyone's last day of class?
Mine is the 18th of December unless , we are given make up days for Sandy.
Nov 17, '12Quote from KimynurseLast day here is December 7th :-)So when us everyone's last day of class?Mine is the 18th of December unless , we are given make up days for Sandy.
Nov 19, '12OK, got an easy one for Sample A. My EMB had a distinct metallic-green/black growth on it, so it's definitely E. coli. Doing one last test to confirm (Indole), but pretty sure that's what I've got. My Sample B is a staph of some sort. I still think it's M. luteus, but I have to follow the flow chart before I can make a definitive conclusion. Got it growing on the MSA plate. We'll see what happens on Wed. (Also doing the Coagulase test for extra confirmation).
Nov 23, '12My unknown whooped my butt. Based on my (absolutely beautiful, if I may toot my own horn) Gram stain, it looked like S. aureus. I got back to lab last week to get the fermentation results, and it didn't fit the pattern at ALL. Turns out my first sample must have been mad contaminated, because I re-did the Gram stain with my isolation sample and found a very distinct sample of B. subtilis. What a mess!
I truly enjoyed the case study we just did, though. At least, it was quite interesting.
That being said, I am very excited that this is my last pre-requisite. I want to relax a little before (hopefully!) started the program in May! *Excite*
Nov 23, '12Hey all, brand new here, and this is my first post. I too am in micro this fall, having finished up almost all my pre-reqs now for applying to BSN programs. Micro is kicking my butt! I did do well on the first midterm, but I feel like it's getting really hard now. I really felt like I understood A&P much better. We too have an unknown project, 2 or them actually. I've run all the tests, and know that I have Klebsiella and Staph aureus, but am trying to figure out how to do the dichotomous key for that. Gotta put it off until after midterm 2, which is next week, and I am feeling rather unprepared for it. I'm also taking a "Sociology in Healthcare" class, and a communications class, volunteering 10-12 hours a week, and I have a 3 year old, and a husband who travels a lot for work. So yeah, kind of busy. Guess I should get back to my homework now... :-)
Nov 24, '12Welcome, suzw!
I'm really looking forward to the end of micro. Prior to taking the class, people told me I would either love it or hate it. I can honestly say neither is true. I don't love it. I don't hate it. For me, it's meh.
I also understood A&P much better. I'm not sure why, but I grasped it much more quickly. With micro, I feel like I'm always floundering. Don't get me wrong; I find it very interesting. My instructor is excellent. I'm doing well on the tests. Still, everything feels like a battle. It's just not coming as easily.
In Lecture, I've got exam #4 Tuesday, three more lectures, and then the final. Final official day of the semester is December 7th, with finals the following week. My last lecture will be on the 6th.
In Lab, our written final is Tuesday and we've got our unknowns and case study still to do. Once my unknown is complete and my case study is submitted, Lab is over. I'm looking forward to a break.
Nov 24, '12I am procrastinating my lab report and studying for our last exam before the final. Bad Cara! What are y'all up to? Keep on truckin', everybody, we're almost there!
Nov 24, '12We find out on Tuesday, the results from our unknowns.
The unknown report is due on December 4th
We have a lecture test on December 4th
We have lab test/final on December 11th
We gave the lecture test/final in December 18th
I can't wait till micro is over!!!!
Nov 25, '12I've already figured out my 2 Unknowns (still have a week and a half to work on them in lab). So, I'm going to write up the report and turn it in early. Only took 2 sessions to figure them out...yay!
All we have left in lab is our final exam after this (won't be until Dec. 12th). In lecture, we just finished Unit 7 and have a quiz on Tuesday. Finish up unit 8 in the next few weeks and then our final exam is on Dec. 13th.
I'll be happy to be done. I'm so burned out on school right now!