Happy New Year everyone! (Am I still allowed to say that if we’re a week in? When is the New Year officially not new anymore?) I hope you all had a peaceful holiday period and refuelled before the January blues – does anyone else get these? You know, when the new term comes along and … Continue reading My first set of bloods!
As I’m currently mentally preparing myself to face the music of Med school all over again tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to answer the top 5 questions I’ve been asked about Medical school and share some of my ‘probably not-so-wise’ words of wisdom! 1. Do you need to do any pre-reading before Year … Continue reading Back to school!
Martha, a 50-year-old lady, presents to your surgery complaining of a 5-month history of stiff painful wrists, and of swelling in her hands. She tells you the hand stiffness is worse when she wakes, and that she also has morning foot pain and a feeling of walking on marbles. Martha also tells you that she … Continue reading Case 4
Charlie, a 26-year-old male, slipped and fell down a set of concrete steps. He hit his head and was rendered unconscious for around 15 seconds (reported by his friends). Six hours later the same day he lost consciousness and was taken to the emergency department. History and preliminary examination pointed toward an intracranial bleed. a) … Continue reading Case 3
This week’s post is all about ‘What’s in my First-Aid kit’. I can’t say I’m much of a daredevil; all my holidays tend to be city breaks full of organised fun. Nevertheless, my fabulous auntie gifted me with this beautiful Travel-Kit from Stanford University Hospital (what a dream)! I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading What’s in my First-Aid kit?
David, a 34-year-old man, suffered a crush injury to his thorax whilst cutting trees in a garden. His co-worker took him to the emergency department. Upon arrival he was breathless and tachycardic. The doctor diagnosed a tension pneumothorax and inserted a chest drain. a) Describe the pleural layers, their location/regions and arrangement. Explain the location … Continue reading Case 2
James is a 57-year old teacher who presented in the ED with haematemesis (vomiting blood) and abdominal discomfort. James is an alcoholic. He consumes 25 units of alcohol per day and has done for the past 15 years. James was diagnosed with portal hypertension secondary to cirrhosis. a) Describe or draw the formation of the … Continue reading Case 1
It's officially spring break, which, ironically is anything but. It's snowing, -1, and for me, far off from a break. Sigh. On the plus side, I am back in my beautiful city of London and feel refreshed already. I didn't think I'd miss the air pollution, train delays and rude people as much as I … Continue reading Stress series – Optimising revision
It's Sunday evening, I have had a totally unproductive weekend bingeing on Gilmore Girls and just woke up from what was meant to be a 20 minute power nap, but turned out to be a 2hour and 20 minute deep sleep.... woops. Oh well... sleep > life. So this week's post is on the Teddy … Continue reading Teddy Bear Hospital
As a medical student (or any student really), it's super important to know when you've reached your limit. So that's why this week's post is on knowing when to STOP. It's so easy to burnout when you're on this course - my days have started rolling into one and I've even started to feel guilty … Continue reading Stress series (Knowing when to STOP)