I love teaching this course! I love almost everything about it. This is my my eighth year teaching Marie Biancuzzo’s Lactation Exam Review, and it’s still my favorite part of my job. I need the pressure of making sure that I know all of the latest and greatest information. I love the challenge of chopping difficult concepts down into bite-sized pieces that real-life clinical people can understand. Each year, I thrive on figuring out how to teach something better, or in a different sequence, or whatever it takes to make it easier to understand. That’s just such a creative moment for me when I can transform something difficult into something easy. I love thinking of ways to make dry content exciting. I’m not always able to do that, but the thrill-seeker in me loves to keep trying! Then, too, I love knowing that I can’t possibly squash everything I’ve learned in 30+ years into a 2-day course. It’s the ultimate paradox of feeling great for knowing all of that material, and feeling small and humble because I bear the responsibility for preparing hundreds of people in the short space of 2 days.
The only part of this course I don’t like is the rigorous travel it requires, and the incredible fatigue that follows! But right this minute, as I’m on the eve of the first round of courses offered this year, those reasons don’t seem so terrible.
As I sit here reflecting, I realize that perhaps this course fills a need in me. The fiber of my being has always been made up of part science and part art; part clinician and part scholar; part softie people-pleaser, and part hard-nosed standard-bearer. In this course, I get to use all of those parts of me. I love teaching this course!