I attended a four-week lecture series sponsored by our local hospital on the primary body systems. It was very interesting. Medical topics are intriguing. I could have been successful in that field if I didn’t have to touch people or come in contact with someone else’s body fluids. I can barely stand my own!
The attendees were a mix of high school students interested in the medical field to octogenarians with nothing better to do and all ages in between. It was interesting that 99% of the questions came from the octogenarians.
I learned some things other than the topics and I will share them with you.
People who come to a series sit in the same seats every week. I didn’t. I bounced around. The first area where I sat was very smelly. I thought it was the whole auditorium (from a large collection of people who have those body fluids) but as it turns out, it was one very stinky guy. Didn’t sit near him again! (Yes, he came to every lecture! You could smell him walking down the aisle.)
Instructors still use PowerPoint. That’s not a bad thing but they READ the PowerPoint word by word. I can read it myself. My suggestion is to use cryptic slides where you verbally fill in the information. Otherwise I am way ahead of you and crafting my grocery list.
There are stupid questions. Don’t let anyone tell you there aren’t. If I’m at a medical class and I can answer your question without any medical background, it’s stupid. Perhaps all I need is a shingle (except for those doggone body fluids).
While we’re on the questions, people came to ask questions about their medical conditions. Really? You pick a public forum like this to ask if your scrotum is hanging properly. There are office visits for that. (I’m thankful there was no display of said scrotum. Perhaps I could have gotten an opinion on my boob scar.)
One participant wanted to start a conversation on whether a medication (which did not relate to the topic at all) she was on was more appropriate than its competitor. Fortunately the speaker shut that one down (kindly).
Blue streaks in hair doesn’t work for everyone. Don’t get me wrong. I admire older women who have jumped on the pastel bandwagon but it doesn’t always work. In addition to the colorful streaks you have to occasionally wash your hair so it isn’t greasy looking.
Snacks were provided. Most weeks it was cut up fruit or salsa and chips. The classes ran from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There was no need for refreshments. Every week I saw a plate of food flying across the floor. It was a carpeted auditorium. People are not civilized enough to eat there without spilling (and getting the chairs sticky, ick!). Besides it’s 6:30? Didn’t you just eat dinner? The auditorium is across from the cafeteria. My suggestion is to eat there first.
This was my third series. They are informative and enjoyable (except for the body fluids and smelly people) and I look forward to next year’s classes.