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Friede in Minneapolis is doing 26 things including…

Complete my Oriental Medicine Degree

18 cheers


Friede has written 27 entries about this goal


I got my diploma today. :)
It has this really cool design of a yin-yang symbol with the yang portion as a green leaf. Maybe I will take a picture tomorrow and post it. Plus I graduated suma cum laude which I didn’t know I was getting.

Ever so close now

4 hours of clinic
about 2 hours of observation
then they will give me my diploma!

Almost There!

I took my last final exam this morning and knocked it out of the park (100% is a nice way to finish in the class with my favorite teacher)

20 hours of clinic time left: 1 full day and 3 1/2 days in the next 3 weeks.

8 hours of observation of faculty in their practices that will be done by Jan. 2nd

Graduation Ceremony on Saturday- woo hoo!

3 weeks to go

3 herb quizes
2 herb finals
some clinic and observation hours


I totally forgot I have this big herbal pharmacy management assignment to come up with what I would initially stock my own pharmacy with and from what brands and why, and which forms of herbs, and what I would do for patients that need something I don’t have in stock. EEP. It is due on Thursday but will take some time to look at a bunch of websites and also think about categories of formulas.

Last Midterms

are over! and I got 100% on both tests. Yay. Plus I survived also having a bunch of extra work stuff at crazy early hour on Wednesday. Felt like I rambled totally through my part of our little presentation and was kind of sucky for me, but, my colleagues think I did well so I will trust them on that.


I have senioritis.

I have a really big midterm on Thursday I really need to study for but am feeling avoidy. Need to get going.

This week is going to suck because I have a bunch of inconvenient work obligations too. I have to help teach a make-up class for the faculty and staff who were unable to attend our mandatory development day in September. I have to be at work around 7:15 am to talk about “uncertainty” in health care knowledge and what is currently known in clinical research and help lead a brief discussion about how we will teach our students about this. and I won’t be done that day till 7:15pm that night and I discovered looking at my work email that we also have a mandatory lunch time case conference on the same day. UGH!
Do other folks have so many lunch meetings at work? What ever happened to actually taking a break for a meal? Our Chinese faculty think the lunch meeting thing we do here is crazy. They do civilized things at lunch like eat and take a little nap.


For cheers and e-support y’all! I managed to survive the term and got an 86% on my last final which I think garnered my face/pride saving B. I realize worrying about grades is a bit unevolved of me since I know they don’t always accurately reflect what a person really knows or is good at. But what can I say? It is one of my flaws.

I still have to complete a piece of writing of some kind based on interviews I did with health care practitioners in the integrative medicine department of the local hospital I was at this term. But I am taking today off from all pursuits academic. I just spent the last 2 hours playing with absolute frivolity online. I have all sorts of fun things I would like to do after I graduate. One of which is to really find some long term exercise/sport activities to support my general health and wellbeing. AND being a social sort I am most interested in some kind of group activity that has a mental component like a team sport but where my wee size is actually an advantage. I have been interested in learning to fence for years so I entertained myself by reading my local Olympic fencing club’s website thoroughly. Perhaps when this goal is done I will add a fencing related goal to 43T.


Final to go! I fear that I am suffering from marrow deficiency at this point and wonder how I will get my brain functioning again to study for board exams. Ugh. I came home blessedly early and 4pm today and promptly took a 90 minute nap. Feeling a little more coherent now. I just have to do well enough to pull a B tomorrow for pride’s sake. The instructor says she really wants most of us to get B’s so hopefully I will manage to stay in that part of the bell. If I tank the test tomorrow I could dump myself down to a which would be a bummer.

Getting There

Not much time in the last 10 days to post or check on other folks on 43T. Just completed 2 take home finals I had to do this weekend and sent them off. The first one took me about 7 hours yesterday and the one I did today took about 3 and a half hours and then I caught up on my work email. This stuff is never ending right now. Brief breather tonight. Last day at the hospital tomorrow though I may go back later in August to meet with the director of their integrative medicine department who likes to meet with all the interns for a chat. I still have an article I need to write as my project for that internship. That’s on the back burner till next weekend. Herbal Clinical Medicine final in class on Thursday and then Acupuncture review final in class on Friday. I was up till 12:30 last Thursday night completing my paper and presentation for my Nei Jing class. I think that went well because I stuck to actually talking about the text and didn’t go off on some tangent like a few other folks. The Nei Jing has quite a lot to say about the therapeutic relationship. Good stuff.

After this week I will be home on vacation but I will be studying for boards. I am really hoping my fall will be less jam packed.

Friede has gotten 18 cheers on this goal.


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