It's a really amazing experience, and I get to do a lot of real medical stuff--take blood pressure, check blood sugar (with a lancet finger prick), glacuoma screenings, and more. It's a lot of hands on work, and interacting with real live patients.
Yesterday during my 3 hour shift, I discussed with various patients all the different medications they're on. Here's my list of what I managed to write down.
1. Simvastatin: used to treat high cholestorol. Used to be called Zocor.
2. Diovan: used to treat hypertension.
3. Hydrochlorothiazide (hctz): hypertension drug; one of the longest on the market.
4. Atenolol: to treat hypertension, a beta-blocker.
5. Lisinopril: another medication to treat hypertension.
6. Norvasc: another anti-hypertensive.
7. Lipitor: to lower cholesterol.
8. Crestor: to treat high cholesterol.
9. Metformin: to treat diabetes
10. Lavoxyl: treats thyroid problems.
And in other news: Mom is acquitted finally! Read about it in the Maui News.