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Stanislava Ponjevic – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

University of Sunderland Kickboxing Society

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Hey guys,

So back in September I decided to join the university kickboxing society. Kickboxing is something I’ve always wanted to try and have never had the opportunity to do before so when I found out about the society I knew I had to join! I’ve been training for a couple of weeks now, learning various kicks and punches and tomorrow is my first grading! I’m trying for a red belt; I am extremely nervous but even if I don’t end up passing my grading I’ll be happy enough that I got the chance to try. One of the main things I need for tomorrow is a gum shield so I made a quick video to show you guys how this is done. I must say, it was a bit tricky. Here’s a quick list of the things I’ll be graded on tomorrow. Wish me luck!


Red Belt Grading:

  • Back fist
  • Cross
  • Jab
  • Round-house (Thai) kick; low and high
  • Snap kick
  • Push kick
  • General footwork and guard positioning


How to do a Cardiac Examination for an OSCE Exam

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Hey guys.

So this week I’m doing a post based on what I’ve been learning in my classes. In our clinical skills seminars, we have been practicing for our OSCE exam that we’ll be having in January. One of our stations this year is to perform a cardiac examination, which I’m sure a lot of my classmates are stressing about already. Here’s an overview of the examination:

General inspection of the patient

  • General health
  • Colour (face: cyanosis, jaundice etc), weight and and if in any obvious pain

Hand inspection

  • Temperature- sign of infection
  • Clubbing: can be checked by putting index fingernails together to form diamond- can signify infective endocarditis
  • Splinter hemorrhages- also infective endocarditis
  • Pale palms- anemia
  • Tar staining from smoking

Eye inspection

  • Lift lower eyelids at the same time to inspect for:
  1. Pale conjunctiva: pale lower eyelids- due to anemia
  2. Jaundice
  3. Xanthelasma/Corneal arcus- due to cholesterol deposits

Mouth inspection

  • General look at mouth and teeth to see if there are any signs of infective endocarditis (this is when the infective bacteria gets into the systemic circulation and causes infection of the endocardium of the heart)
  • Ask patient to lift tongue so you can look for cyanosis (blue colour)

Chest inspection & Palpations

  • Check for scarring, bruising, visible heaves, deformities or trauma
  • Palpations to check for heaves (pushing of chest against hands) and thrills (purring)
  1. Aortic and Pulmonary: hands placed on 2nd intercostal space on both sides of chest close to the sternum
  2. Tricuspid and Mitral: hands placed on 4th intercostal space on left side and 5th intercostal space at the mid-clavicular line


  • With the diaphragm and bell of the stethoscope, listen to the heart sounds, place diaphragm in the same spots as where hands were placed during the palpation
  • Also listen to the lungs: find the base of the lungs and just above there you should place your stethoscope and listen for crackles- this indicates oedema or heart failure


We did not manage to cover everything in this video but we have tried to go over the most difficult portions. Hope this helps all students in my year and for prospective students, I hope this gives you a better idea of the kind of exams we have in our course. Enjoy!







Travelling to Ireland from England

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Hey guys!

I’ve been back from my trip to Ireland for a few days now but I wanted to talk a bit about what it’s like to travel from England to Ireland. I booked my ticket about 3 weeks before my departure date and got a steal of a deal- £40 with return! RyanAir is great for flying short distances and regularly does trips from Newcastle Airport to Dublin Airport. This airline is cheaper because it does not include any additional features that you would expect such as checked in baggage or complementary drinks or snacks. In all honesty, this is stuff you don’t really need for an hour flight (such as ours) and a large bag isn’t necessary for a weekend so traveling with a carry-on bag, which is free, is optimal. Even though the flight is very cheap, you should expect Dublin to be expensive, as it is the capital city and a major tourist destination! My Irish friend, Meadhbh, and I enjoyed a delicious dinner at CrackBird, a very popular restaurant among locals/tourists, and paid around 25 euro (£16) for a shared meal but prices for one range from 15 to 25 euro (£12-20); depending on how many sides you order. Drinks for a night out in Dublin vary depending on the night and the spot you go to; we started in Grafton Lounge where cocktails were 2 for 1 and depending on the price of each drink this came out to 13 euro (£10) for both drinks. If you do venture to Ireland make sure to check out the countryside, there’s gorgeous landscapes, greenery and many historical sites that I plan to explore the next time I have the chance. To end off this post, here’s a short video that sums up my weekend away. Hope you enjoy it, thanks everyone!


Halloween Traditions

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Hey everyone!

So Halloween weekend is over (unfortunately) and I have to say that this year’s celebrations were one of the best I’ve had so far. After many days of deliberation I finally decided that I was going to dress up as Cruella Deville. My costume was put together very last minute (which my Canadian friends would not be impressed with) and consisted of a dress that I borrowed from my flatmate, a shawl I bought from Ebay for £7 and a cigarette holder (also from Ebay) that cost £2.50. The hair was my main problem because I had to color it half-white half-black, but that was nothing a little colored hairspray couldn’t solve. Needless to say I’m still washing out the hair dye, but on the topic of Halloween I wanted to put together a list of how Halloween celebrations are different in North America compared to England or the UK. Here’s some pictures from the weekend and I hope you enjoy reading about a typical Canadian Halloween!





Halloween in North America

  • Most households that give out candy decorate their homes and dress up to role play for children who will be trick-or-treating.
  • Once you’re too old to trick-or-treat, you stay home and hand out candy. I would compare with my friends to see who got the most trick-or-treaters at their house and what the best costumes were.
  • If it is too cold to trick-or-treat, parents (like mine) make their children wear winter coats over their costumes; they also take their children to the shopping mall where stores give away candy.
  • Corn mazes: not only are they long and time consuming but they’re an extremely fun way to spook each other out.
  • Pumpkin carving; once the seeds have been removed, roast them and you have a delicious fall snack!
  • Making homemade pumpkin pie- my favorite!
  • Costumes: this is the main difference. In Canada, kids (even teenagers and adults) spend weeks preparing their costumes. This is normally because in North America we pride each other on creativity for this holiday, which means the majority of people make their costumes.
  • Candy and decorations are sold weeks in advance. I’m almost certain that when I left in the first week of September supermarkets were already displaying Halloween chocolates and candies.
  • All the Starbucks lovers will agree with me on this one: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because nothing screams Halloween or fall more than that drink.
  • Watching a week’s worth of Halloween or horror movies because that’s all that is playing on the television.


Hope we can bring some of these traditions here! But now I’ve gotta get back to studying, have a lovely week!




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  • Name: Stanislava Ponjevic
  • Age: 22
  • Studying: Pharmacy MPharm
  • Hometown: Alberta, Canada
  • Ambitions: To explore as many countries as I can, promote healthy lifestyle choices and get a PharmD degree to teach at a university level.

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