Pre-Physical Therapy, Self Improvement

Yellow is the New Med Term Monday

If you took Medical Terminology online( & self-paced!) like I did, then you probably didn’t truly LEARN the material…I mean, I can memorize & then brain dump all day, but what’s the point?

So I started #MedTermMonday for myself so when I get to physical therapy school, I can focus more on learning the new PT school material — and not so much the stuff I should’ve already learned.

medical term :: cirrh-

Definition: prefix meaning “yellow” – Medicine Net 

example: cirrhosis
liver disease characterized by irreversible scarringMedicine Net

breakdown: cirrh (yellow) + osis (disease, abnormal)

[ FUN FACT ] Cirrhosis can cause jaundice ( jaundice = yellowing of the skin ) – Medicine Net

“Cirrhosis occurs in response to damage to your liver. Each time your liver is injured, it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function.” – Mayo Clinic

All the sources I saw on cirrhosis shared a common theme… they focused on preventing cirrhosis vs fixing it:

“Staying within recommended daily and weekly alcohol limits is highly recommended to avoid cirrhosis.”Medical News Today


One piece of advice that I’ve seen on physical therapy social media is to read more research articles. I’m currently committing to 1 article a month which should help with becoming more familiar with medical / research terminology. I’ll share the ones I get into 😉

You are a Badass Yellow cover photo for pre-PT book club

Speaking of reading, I just created a goodreads account to keep track of the books I read this year. If you follow me on Snapchat, then you may know I’m reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

[ BTW ] the book is the color of cirrhosis ( yellow! ) so fitting

I’m borrowing it from my PT friend, Kristen ( thanks Kristen! ). It was also last month’s book of the month in the Pre-PT book club I’m in… I’m a tad bit late in reading it but what’s new really?

If you wanna creep on books I want to read this year or books I’ve read in the past, come find me on goodreads as jess PT Contender >>>here. 

Do you have any tips for a beginner wanting to read research articles more often?

^^Really curious…like did you print out the paper & underline/highlight, did you keep notes, are you in a research article club?


6 thoughts on “Yellow is the New Med Term Monday

  1. I did used to print articles out. Once you’re in PT school, they’ll assign you tons of articles to read! Also, you can take advantage of the student discount and become an APTA member. Then you’ll be subscribed to some PT journals

    1. I will print them then :)) and I didn’t know there were that many assigned articles in PT school — even more motivation to practice reading them now. Thanks Dr. Jasmine!

  2. When I was working on my senior thesis in 2010-2011 for my bachelor’s degree, it was immensely helpful to print out everything, cite the source correctly on the first page, and highlight away! I had everything in a binder, which is one of the many things that our Senior Seminar class taught. Having that binder made it so much easier once I started writing my thesis.

    1. Oooh I love the binder method you used! I’m definitely doing that :)) I learn better when I write it down so that’s perfect. Thanks, Laura Beth!

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