Bit of good, bit of bad

September 24, 2017 2

“So how do we do this what are we doing?” We peered at the computer screen as my partner typed her login. “Goddamnit, we need to set a new password.” I have yet to see a hospital computer using at least a Windows XP and this one was no exception. As the screen loaded slowly…

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Family Meeting

September 22, 2017 1

“…and unfortunately,  Jacqueline,  he is going to die.” There was silence.  The nurse rested a hand on Jacqueline’s back. Her face was blank, and she stared unblinkingly at the space above the consultant’s head. Then at once, as if her control had completely snapped, her face crumpled. Her tears were silent. No-one moved. It was…

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One Of Them Orientals

September 18, 2017 1

“He’s a bit grumpy this one, but we’ll see how he is.” It was just me and the Gen Med APT, as we had chosen to divide and conquer (the patient list). She was a wonderful woman and thanks to her and the rest of the team I had been thoroughly enjoying my rotation with…

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The Choice Is Yours

September 18, 2017 0

Maybe it’s just me, but the practice of medicine is/should be centred around patients. Why do I say this I see your mind box confusingly thinking? Well, one of the surgeons I had the pleasure of joining for consults forced me to remind myself of why I entered the profession. When sent to shadow a…

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Why Experience Matters

September 13, 2017 0

Learning is a lifelong process in which you encounter teachers and educators of all kinds. Some educators are etched into our memories, whether it be as a result of a pleasant experience or otherwise. I used to wonder why people would often differentiate between the term master and teacher. My thoughts were that a master…

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Mr Henry Wallace

September 12, 2017 0

Mr Henry Wallace (pseudonym) was a 70 year old gentleman who upon first impression I perceived to be a friendly, but world-weary man. He had a myriad of health conditions, of which he claimed his inability to walk to be the most important. We took his history, and in discovering he was a diabetic, was experiencing…

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September 6, 2017 0

“Oh hello, I’ll find you one of the registrars, I’m just the resident.” I scurried after him with an internal sigh, wondering who I was going to be palmed off to next. I was in an Orthopaedics Fracture Clinic, and was hoping to get something practical out of my session (such as ticking off necessary…

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Mistakes Were Made

August 30, 2017 0

“So Priscilla, what can you tell me about cirrhosis?” As per usual, my mind went blank. Two months into placement and my brain had yet to successfully retrieve and open fire responses to questions within a reasonable amount of time. To confuse it even further, I had just finished a cardiovascular and respiratory rotation and…

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A Balancing Act

August 22, 2017 0

Life, for all of us, has always been about balance. It might, I say with exuberant sarcasm, surprise you to know that this is certainly the case for a medical student. All aspects of one’s life comes under a certain amount of strain for this select group of masochists, whose sole purpose appears to revolve…

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How’s the Serenity?

August 20, 2017 0

The clock ticked. Through the windows I could see the beautiful inner suburban scenery, a patchwork of old Victorian roofs amongst the shiny new architecture. The city skyline rose above it, glittering in the light of the low-hanging sun. It was a beautiful view. And a beautiful room. Pale, creamy and crisp, the carpet looked…

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