I'm very tired of going to my clinical research class. But I don't want to drop it, because now we're so close to the end. The last day is May 3, so are only a few more sessions. And the readings are actually helpful. I just can't stand sitting through the three hour power point talks. Today's session was about health economics. The readings weren't bad, and I wouldn't even have minded sitting through the class for an hour or so. But three hours of it is just too much. The basic gist of today's session is that it is difficult to decide between treatments when one gives a better survival but a worse quality of life than the other. Or, it's hard to decide if one has a certain set of bad side effects and the other has a different set. There is a calculation called QALY (quality adjusted life years) that takes these issues into consideration. Like I said, it's a good thing to know about, but wow, I couldn't wait for class to be over. It felt like noon would never come. I guess I am just feeling kind of all around burned out.
It doesn't help that our third formative portfolios were due today at 5 PM. We're up to seven of the nine competencies now, and they had us address each bullet point under each competency. I got mine done around 3:30, but now I feel too exhausted to do any of the reading for tomorrow. Thankfully, I don't have to do a learning objective tonight. I will just have to get up early and do some reading for seminar in the morning before school.