Apparently Thursday was #DayofScience. To celebrate I thought I’d share a couple typical if my typical ‘days of science’.
July 13th was actually a specimen scan day so the schedule is *quite* fresh in my mind as I write this.
Wake up (*yawwwwwn*), drive to work with radio blasting & careful eyes out for early morning deer trying to cross the highway.
4:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Arrive at medical center/research center. Clock in, change into scrubs, head into cadaver lab and prep specimens for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning (i.e. put in labeled biohazard bags and try not to let them leak all over)
Meet technologist at scanner, get protocols set up, eat bagels while magical physics makes images
Pull up images, freak out because artifact screwed up the one image we didn’t check on scanner before ending the session
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Talk to radiologist, technologist, research assistant, surgeon; get make-up scan slot squeezed in
Re-prep specimen, lug downstairs after wrapping *very* carefully so as to not freak out patients, get scanned, lug back upstairs
Get images off PACS (picture archiving and communication system), check images, sigh with relief because they look ok, let research assistant and surgeons know we’re ok to move forward.
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wait for surgeon who’s doing the research surgery to get through a morning case. Eat lunch while working on an end-of-year department summary.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Discuss surgery with surgeon, find out he needs measurements from CT, run down to CT to talk to radiology tech, get 3D volumes, run back upstairs, find out 3D view angles aren’t quite right.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Coordinate to get radiologist and surgeon to talk to each other, finally succeed and call surgery off in order to allow time to get measurements, firm up research plan.
Reduce frustration about delay by getting a hot cocoa.
Put shoulder specimens back in fridge, change out of scrubs. Mourn loss of clothing with real pockets.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come up with way to do the measurements in Mimics with more adjustable volume rendering, send examples to surgeon for approval.
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Meet with director of another department, discuss collaborative research projects.
3:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Work more on research presentation, emails, a few other small tasks.
Talk to PI about an industry project proposal.
Realize I forgot to eat my afternoon snack when my stomach cramps so hard I feel slightly ill.
Head home!!! Shirk actual dinner making duties in favor of heating up pasta and sauce-from-a-jar with husband, who also worked a long day.
Normal, much more relaxed day:
Arrive at work, clock in, check email
Grab large coffee (yay!) from hospital cafeteria
Chat with PI briefly in break room
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Work on PowerPoint presentation for PI
Fill out some IRB paperwork
Bug PI for IRB paperwork signatures
Scan/mail IRB paperwork
Re-print and scan/mail at least one piece of IRB paperwork because I invariably miss something…
Snack time! First snack of the day while starting some Matlab analysis
Debug code, run code, look at the lovely resulting data plots
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch, either with coworkers or at desk with a book
1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
Work on some image segmentation on Mimics, manually tracing regions of interest in MR or CT scan images on touchscreen
Grab a second (smaller) coffee and afternoon snack
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Meet with researchers from another department to go over a collaborative project
4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Send out more emails, wrap up work
Make to-do list for next day
5:00 p.m. Leave and go running 🙂