it's okay to not be ready.
Truth: most of my friends will be graduating from med school next year. I won’t be. Despite having (almost) four years of university under my belt, the very notion of being a doctor terrifies me. Instead of doing my final year, I’ll be doing a research year. With a bit of luck, I’ll be doing something in paediatric psychiatry, looking at somatisation disorders. Deep down, I...
Last week, I spent a few hours in a palliative care unit. As medical students, we’re fixated on the living. What drug can cure that symptom. How surgery can remove the cancer. Where we can find a bed so that the patient with diabetes can have her complications managed. Rationally, we know that everyone dies. We dissect cadavers in our anatomy classes. We read about fatal diseases in our...
how to save lives as a medical student.
As medical students, we don’t get many opportunities to jump in and defib patients, or call code blues, or perform CPR. And honestly, we probably don’t want to. But we all want to help people. So here’s a handy guide on how to make a difference in med school. Donate blood. One blood donation saves three lives. (In Australia, we’re not paid to donate, but I understand this...
Anonymous asked: Tips on how to deal with the good looking and incredibly charming (hell, we’ll call him McDreamy!) registrar? Kind of gets in the way of productive learning (not that I mind)! Can’t help but race ahead and conclude that registrars are most likely at the stage where they’re looking for a relationship. So, following on from that last question, what are your...
study habits of medical students.
Anonymous asked: hi… i’m a firstie and all this studying is getting a little bit over my head, i don’t know whether i should study anat, or physio or bio-chem, how many hours would be enough or whether i would understand certain topics if i don’t know the topics related to it. i am soooo confused. what’s an ideal time table n good habits for medical students to...
med student depression, part deux.
See the previous post here. Anonymous asked you: hi, it’s me again. maybe i don’t have depression. maybe i’m just.. deficient in coping with things. i’m not happy with how i’m handling problems- i’m a pro at running away and freaking out later. is a simple thing such as random tears, negative thoughts and inability to handle daily stresses a warning sign big...
med school and relationships.
Anonymous asked: I know this is rather subjective & depends on the peoples’ tolerance, flexibility etc… but can you give me insight on how impossible is it for one to maintain a relationship while in med school? Ooooh, what an interesting question. I’m not sure if I’m even qualified to answer this—I’m yet to embark on a romantic relationship in med school,...
med student depression.
Anonymous asked: i’d like to ask, how would you advice a fellow medschool student to approach medstudent depression? i don’t know where else to ask. no one around me cared enough, parents are not reachable, and when i went to the psych dept, the head consultant had me take blood tests and declared my issues as a ‘transient’ thing. doesn’t change the fact that...
why i'll keep studying medicine.
I want to write and read and stare out windows and document the world around me. I want to run away to book towns and hear the world speak and infuse ideas and inspiration into my soul. I want to do a million things that won’t make me a better doctor, but will make me a better person. I can write essays. I can write patient notes and ring pathology and talk to doctors. But the best...
Hey everyone, I’m sorry for disappearing for the last few months. Unfortunately, medicine and I have had a bit of a rough patch, but never fear, I am back and I have stories of little kids and bubble blowing and what I have learnt from six-year-olds! Love, mylifeasamedstudent