Okay…. so much for ‘a post a week‘: my efforts to document my weekly progress at Med School thus far have been poor! But, I am determined to try harder, not only for those of you interested in pursuing this field but also for my own personal reflections – I think it’s so important to sometimes stop, breathe and think about life, so that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing in this post!
Yes, it’s been stressful. Yes, it’s been long. Yes, it’s been overwhelming. But I have loved every single moment so far.
- I’ve finished Block 1 (Health and Metabolism) and taken my first set of (formative) exams – which I passed (woo!)
- Learned how to take a history and perform abdominal, thyroid and respiratory exams
- Got the opportunity to learn from cadavers (huge honour)
- Used my stethoscope for the first time (very exciting stuff)
- Started playing basketball with the Metaballers – yes that’s what we call ourselves, no judging allowed
- Become the 1st Year Representative for the Teddy Bear Hospital (more on this in another post)
- Made incredible friends and ‘socialised’…. maybe a bit too much at times (but work hard to play hard right?)
This week should be particularly significant as we are going to meet our first ever patient! As part of the course we are assigned, in small groups, 3 patients throughout the course of the year who we will get to interview and discuss health related issues with for the purpose of understanding community health. Eeeeeeeeeek!
I wanted to make this post short but sweet in the hopes that I will be posting more regularly from now on (fingers crossed), so don’t lose faith in me just yet folks!! As always, any questions regarding Medical School or the application process, please get in touch!
“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time that we have.” – Gary W. Keller