As an aspiring exercise physiologist I found this course to be generally helpful in my further studies and my future career. Being able to understand the processes of diseases and what effects they have on the body has been quite helpful as this forms the basis of the exercise prescriptions that should be given to people with different diseases. I did not find the histology or the examination of diseased organs to be particularly helpful as I do not believe this will be relevant to me in the future. I have also found that some of the terms that we have covered through the course of physiology have popped up in other subjects and this has enhanced my understanding of what was being explained in these other subjects. I have also found that when reading interesting articles about disease and exercise that I am better able to understand the language the author is using as some of the terms and topics have been covered in this course. As such I have believe this course will be beneficial to me beyond second year however I do not believe that I will need to use the histology or diseased tissue identification covered in this topic as our role is to treat, prevent or reduce the impact of diseases and as such I believe a understanding of what impacts the disease is having on the body will enough
In this course I have found that most of what has been covered in lectures, labs and tutorials has been what I was expecting. This includes learning about the process of disease from the beginning to its end. We have also learnt about the ways different disease affect the process of exercise prescription and also the ways in which exercise can effect the disease process. I also expect to be able to examine tissue samples and observe what effects the disease process has had on this tissue. However I did not expect to improve my ability to select relevant and useful information. Pathology textbooks and websites that I used to further enhance my knowledge often had information that went into much more detail than is required by this introductory course and as such required me to select information that would be helpful rather than just reading and learning all the information these sources provided. I have also learnt more about histology than I was expecting too. I did expect some histology course as this is a crucial element in examining the effects of a disease. However I have not previously done a histology course and I expected that I would not be able to understand much of what was shown to us this was not the case , however , as I was able to understand some aspects and found this very beneficial in my learning
At this point in time I have not found completing eportfolio entries to have any real benefit in enhancing my learning in pathology. I understand the idea of this blog is to reflect on issues I may have experienced throughout the course. However in the past if I have found aspects of a subject difficult or confusing I have always attempted to seek out additional information from other sources in an attempt to clarify my understanding. I have never felt the need to write a reflective blog on this process as I do not believe it benefits my learning. Reflecting on your learning may help to identify any areas that may require some extra application and for some reflecting on the ways in which areas of confusion have been addressed may enhance their learning. This is not the case for me at the moment but the reflective process may have some benefit in the future
I have selected my research question based on my course choice of exercise physiology. An exercise physiologists job is to prescribe appropriate exercises to manage and in some cases reverse many diseases. Cancer is one such example of a disease that can improved with the prescription of exercise. The techniques used to treat cancer often have serious side effects that impact greatly on the lives of sufferers. Originally cancer patients were advised to rest and avoid physical activity except recent research has shown that exercise has the amazing potential to reduce some of these side effects and greatly improve the lives of people with cancer. I believe strongly in the idea that ‘exercise is medicine’ and on numerous occasions I have read stories that exercise has been able to achieve what modern medications cannot, and best of all without any side effects. My interest in the area of using exercise to help with cancer originally came about after I watched a catalyst program was partially filmed in the UNSW Lifestyle clinic. The program highlighted the amazing potential of exercise over conventional medicine. From there I examined other more recent media articles and found that some studies had found that exercise may also have the potential to reduce the growth of tumours and possible prevent further growth. I found this very interesting and as such I selected this as my research question and further examined the science behind the ways in which exercise can reduce cancerous tumours
I have mostly enjoyed the PATH2202 course so far, at times I have found some topics very confusing especially the histology sections as I have not done a histology course. However I have attempted to clarify some of my confusion by doing the prescribed readings which I found to very beneficial as the text explains topics to a greater extent than the lecturers. As well as this I read the definitions page and did some online research all of which contributed to improving my understanding of the topics covered in the lectures. I believe that this extra effort is extremely important moving forward as each of the topics build on top of other previously taught. As such it is crucial that topics are understood before they can built upon to prevent being “snowed under” with knowledge that you are unable to understand. In regards to contribution of future studies I believe PATH2202 will not only contribute to future studies but will aid my career as an exercise physiologist. I believe it is crucial to understand the ways in which disease affect the human body in order to properly prescribe exercise. It is my belief that understanding what you are being taught is much better than simply wrote learning. By the same token I believe I will be much better off knowing the process of a disease rather just wrote learning the exercises that are best prescribed to an individual with a particular disease.