In speaking with my fellow classmates during the event, I found it truly amazing how many different backgrounds people came from in their journeys to studenthood at MSU CHM. From backgrounds in genetics research in Boston to having gotten an online degree in Medical Assisting to working in biomedical engineering to doing nuclear physics research and working in Human Resources, my class at CHM is incredibly diverse! In talking to people about their projects, it was a ton of fun to both learn more about my fellow students and gain some insight into their perspectives and what they bring to the table when discussing outlooks on how we ought to interact with our patients.
For the event, they bussed the students from the East Lansing campus up to the Secchia Center in Grand Rapids, so all 200 students were present - which meant that we had more than 200 projects on display! There was everything from cakes to knitted afghans to stained glass mosaics to trombone solos to poems to paintings to papers to ebooks. That last one was mine, actually...
I decided to make an eBook, though not your *normal* eBook. As many of you know who've followed my blog for a while, I love photography. So, I made up an analogy about how patients are like buildings - each one raised in a different area/environment, with different characteristics and features. Like a good architect or building restoration person, a physician needs to know his patient on a very extensive level so as to provide the best care possible. It goes a lot deeper than that. I wanted to make it interactive, and I included photography and time lapse video from a lot of places within one mile of the medical school in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
If you have an iPad with the iBooks app (free), you can simply download and view the photography and eBook to your heart's content! If you don't - sorry, you'll just have to scroll through the photos below - no interactivity for you... :/
Anyway, here's the link to download the book for viewing on an iPad. Simply tap this link, then once it downloads (may take a while, depending on your connection speed...) select to "Open in... iBooks." If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments below. The book is called Perspectives. Enjoy!