Scott's MD-PhD Adventure

Friday, August 19, 2005

eeetz eeetz

Today's clinical pathophysiology lecture was on "street drugs of abuse"

After 10 minutes of going over the properties & mechanism of ecstasy (3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA), in addition to its symptoms, history, areas of usage, and physical clues for usage, our professor went to his next slide that said "Most predictive factor of drug use = CLUB MUSIC!" featuring pictures of people clubbing.

Then, he minimized power point and demonstrated for us the type of loud electronic dance club music he was referring to (with the windows media player trippy sound viewer). While this was on and we all laughed, he started digging around below the instructor podium. He then pulled out a (turned on) red lava lamp and placed it on the podium. He fidgeted some more and pulled out one of those like electro-shock orbs but it was flat and had neon lights that went with the music. Then he dug around again, for like 20 seconds, and finally, I'm not kidding, a giant cloud of fog came up and out towards the first rows. The man had a fog machine! That is seriously the best intralecture break we've ever had.

Oh, and he threw snickers to anyone who answered a question correctly. We voted on whether the answer deserved a mini-size or a regular/king size.