Okay, so, I have a documented history of illness and I even talk about said illnesses in my personal statement. Long story short: a few years ago I had an adrenalectomy along with removal of a paraganglioma. I have also been diagnosed with a chronic, congenital disorder.
(Which, if you look at my past posts, I talk & whine about)
Both of these things cause me to miss class sometimes, which is whatever. It is what it is.
A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I developed a nasty staph infection on my leg. It evolved into a case of cellulitis and I felt like poop. Our class had an exam a few days after I developed the infection, but this kicked me back for a few days. I made up the exam a few days after getting better. I failed the exam because, frankly, I still felt like hell during the test. I ran out of time.
FAST FORWARD: I haven't missed ANY other exams (only an MS1 in semester one, so that's really not that big of an accomplishment), but woke up at 5 am morning of my most recent exam, had a migraine, can't see so good with a migraine, and asked if I could possibly come in the next day. But, over the past few days, I've realized that something (besides my sleep schedule) could be whack, since I haven't felt this tired since I had mono. I was supposed to retake the test today (which YES! I did study for...on Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare). I asked the medical education dept. to please please let me take it Monday, because besides the migraine, I overall was feeling abnormally unwell and wanted to go to the doctor. I also told them today, via email, about my adrenalectomy and how I get tired from it. I also have Ehlers-Danlos (WOOH, genetic lottery!), but I spared them that tid-bit of info today.
Anyways - The answer was no, which is fine. Initially I was supposed to come in today at 3, but admin said I can come anytime up til 530. Cool.
Well, I email the admin letting them know I'm on my way around 4:45. I sent that too soon, since I had to put my dog in her crate and then my roommate came home which delayed my departure.
ANYWAYS...I am driving, feeling like I have taken Quaaludes or something, and I end up missing my turn for the school and getting temporarily lost. When I arrived, I realized I had forgotten my computer, which we take our exams on. I arrived at probably 5:10. I go in, and say, arh I am so sorry, I'm out of it, I forgot my computer, can I take this as a written exam or run home really fast and get it? They just kind of stared at me and asked me if I had received their last email.
Which informed me that, apparently, because I was 20 minutes later than what I had implied via email, I was now not allowed to take the test and received a 0. Also, I was in the wrong for reading "come take the exam up until 5:30" as, come take the exam anytime between now and 5:30. Apparently, that verbiage meant I was supposed to be DONE with the exam by 5:30. Despite all of this, yep, I felt like crap, but I showed up, according to what I thought the directions were. But...suddenly, I receive a 0 for the test? It's worth 30% of our grade and I will surely fail the class because of this.
I feel pretty crappy about the entire situation, as in, I see that there could be better ways of navigating this (on my end), but despite looking through the college handbook and the syllabus, there is nothing that references make-up exam protocol and being awarded a zero for...I'm not sure what. Not arriving on time, when I thought I did?
Argggh. Please tell me that I'm being crazy or the administration is being whack, because I find the way that this was handled so inappropriate.
TLDR: I have sicknesses in medical school. Sometimes I miss days of class that have exams or dont have exams. I always study for my exams. I misunderstood exam makeup directions and got a 0 for an exam worth 30% of our grade. I was informed via email of my test grade annnnnd am supposed to meet with the admin higher-ups on Monday....
TLDR: made a zero on a test. Decided based on the most recent commentary that I received, it's probably not a good idea to get advice from internet strangers.
Might want to take that first case up with adminstration, and the second if she's going thru chemo.During clinical rotations at my hospital, one of the med students developed high fever and became septic, and she was still forced to work! Another student developed cancer and she was forced to work too! It's just life.
During clinical rotations at my hospital, one of the med students developed high fever and became septic, and she was still forced to work! Another student developed cancer and she was forced to work too! It's just life.
Yea... I think if someone was septic, that's not a good time to be working.Might want to take that first case up with adminstration, and the second if she's going thru chemo.
That's what I was thinking. When my mother in law was going thru chemo, she could barely do anything for a week afterwards, then lymphadema comes and interferes even more. Regardless, I think cancer warrants a leave of absence. Septicaemia is no joke, so I have no clue how they made that poor girl work and got away with it.Yea... I think if someone was septic, that's not a good time to be working.
Cancer... hmm... depends. Plenty of people work while being treated for cancer. Depends on type, treatment plan, etc etc etc...
Yeah, I would think that the cancer warrants a leave of absence also (depending on the severity) until the cancer treatments are more manageable. From what I remember of others speaking about "sick days," the reason why the students keep going to rotations in medical school is for the fear it maybe reflected on their eval, then affecting their grade.That's what I was thinking. When my mother in law was going thru chemo, she could barely do anything for a week afterwards, then lymphadema comes and interferes even more. Regardless, I think cancer warrants a leave of absence. Septicaemia is no joke, so I have no clue how they made that poor girl work and got away with it.