Who is this Barefoot Person?

Currently a sixth year medical student at a top South African University. Born and bred in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, from whence the affinity for bare feet and the simple life.

A 90s kid. A writer, thinker, liberal.

Recently retired from student government, avoider of all things conformist.

I don’t “like” politics the way it is these days. It annoys me. But I do like current affairs and I will rally for the rights of my patients, my family, my countrymen, the world.

I blog as debriefing, a means to remain excited about my profession (and other things) and because I have things to share that may be useful to other medical students.

Where patient stories are told, note that the utmost care has been taken in protecting identities and small details may be changed for that purpose.

I also blog about books, traveling, and anything else that seems fitting at the time.

Read, comment, share: I appreciate you popping by!

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48 thoughts on “Who is this Barefoot Person?

  1. Pingback: This time I shall blog properly… « Whispers of a Barefoot Medical Student

  2. senzo was a friend of mine. i really hope things change. im also a doctor at a hospital here with very poor security and i realise ive been lucky to have no incidents. yet id rather be safe then lucky. keep up the good work. lee

  3. Hi got really interested due to what l thought were name similarities but alas not.l see you mention Greytown – l know a man called Angus Buchan from there – just by the way bit of coincidence as l am from Northern Ireland a long way away.

    • Hi James, thanks for visiting :) Sorry about the name un-similiarities eh.
      Funny thing though, Greytown, where Angus Buchan is from, is in Kwazulu Natal.
      Greyton, where I went, is in the Western Cape :)
      Really cool that you know Buchan though, living so far away.

  4. Hey. I’m a fourth year medical student from Malaysia. It’s a nice blog you have here. Am thinking of doing my electives in Cape Town. Wonder if I can get in touch and ask some questions about yr uni.

  5. My significant other is a half shrink (long story) so I get a flavor of medicine and stupidity both at home. I read your first post, cruising along the second when I caught the legal fine print link clicked it. I’ll pursue further reading after I have reviewed the fine print with my legal adviser. :) Its one fun blog you’ve got there and would love to visit it frequently.

    • Sounds like an interesting long story ;)
      LOL, the simplified version of the legal fineprint is basically the following:
      1. I will not be held liable if anyone takes anything written here as medical advice; it is ot written to be taken as such;
      2. I am not paid or rewarded for anything I write, it is in personal capacity;
      3. None of my family, friends, colleagues or associates are represented in these views posted here;
      4. Any problems with this blog can be addressed to the author directly.

      That’s about it, basically there to protect myself and my readers. Nothing hectic :) so I look forwardnto seeing you around here again soon :)

  6. I went to law school (eventually becoming a lawyer) and promptly getting involved in politics, writing and art. By the way, I am a barefoot runner … seems we have much in common :) Anyways, I am convinced that all academic professions truly profit from their members being interested in life (as expressed in politics, writing, journalism, art) rather than exclusively in the economic potential of their professional pursuits. I will continue to follow your writing …

  7. Hats off to you!! I am also a true 90′s kid, and I avoid conformism like the plague =D So South Africa? Have you ever travelled to see the great whites breach off the cape? That’s always been a dream of mine…

    • I’ve been spending a lot of time on the whale-watching route, so I’ve seen plenty whales and dolphins, but never any great whites, actually. You should totally travel to Cape Town, you’ll love it!

      • I want to soooo badly!! Maybe if someone decides to pay me for blogging Ben and I can travel there LoL – I would head straight for the beach =D

  8. I recently got accepted at UCT to study medicine next year (I’m currently in matric, from Cape Town) and I’ve been searching everywhere for a South African medical student’s perspective. Thank you so much! I’ve devoured pretty much every post of yours within one day and I feel I really understand more about what it’s like being a trainee doctor in South Africa. Although I’m apprehensive, I am also excited to be part of what you describe.

    • Tim, first off CONGRATS on your acceptance to medicine, that is something you can be very proud of!
      I’m glad to hear that my posts have been of some value to you. You are always welcome here, and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions. I try to help as much as I can. No matter the difficulties in our health care sector, it’s a worthy pursuit. I look forward to hearing more from you.

  9. I can’t find a way to email you privately. I hope this is okay. I have you on my list for blog feedback. I got several requests, but I will get to you as soon as I can. I hope all is wonderful in your world!

  10. I am a 1st year matie and I absolutly love your blog! Through out the year your blog has really kept me going from boring PPD to the impossible to remember pharms (the end of block test is aproaching all to quickly).
    Keep well and keep on inspiring :)

    • Wow, thank you! You have no idea how happy your comment made me, my dear. It’s good to know that what was initially intended to be my own debriefing is meaning something to other students too. Pharmacology is scary, best of luck with that (it doesn’t go away after first year, sadly, so try to retain some of the info you study now).
      Take care! xXx

  11. Hello there =) I am a 2nd year Medical Student in the Philippines. While searching for something over the net, I came across over your blog and Voila! Can’t stop myself from reading, I am mesmerized by your thoughts about Medschool.

    It is actually our semestral break (only 12 days) and it is actually a good time for us to hibernate from the stressful Medschool. More powers to you. Keep blogging. =)

  12. Hey, my name is Ian and I follow your blog. I have read every post you have made(: I am in the process of deciding which med schools I would like to go to, and I love reading about all the difficulties you face and all of your opinions. I however will be studying medicine here in the states and hopefully expanding to the other side of the world(:

    • Hi Ian, sorry for only responding to your comment now. It’s really good to hear you’ve enjoyed my posts. Best of luck in the big decisions coming your way. I’m always interested in Med Schools in the States – I look forward to hearing more!

  13. i enjoyed reading some entries of your blog. Im a speech pathology student…it came up when i was searching something for uni…great procrastination haha :):)

  14. Hi miss barefoot, nice to see your blog and your love of reading. Medicine is service to humanity and keep it up…Many people write books to save their travel account. I invented a new method. If you want to save memories of your travel & tour with pictuers, audio,satellite views, travel account, lyrics, etc. then have a look at my blog to see how to make downloadable video presentations:
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  15. “..top South African University..” Jy hoef nie so nederig te wees nie, ons kan dan sekerlik ook met die Ivy legues net oor die see kompeteer. :P

  16. Hey barefoot med student! Fantastic blog :) You’ve literally restored some of my hope in my future as a med student X-D I’ve a few questions that I’m really hoping you could shed light on… could I please email you? PS: love the way you response to most of the comments!

  17. Howzit from another South African blogger. First visit today so I can’t brag of having read many posts, but those I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed and will be back to read more. The only experience I’ve had with the medical profession is as a platoon medic way back when and now as a massager of funny bones.

    I wish you all the very best for your studies. Do us proud and continue the tradition of becoming an excellent medical professional.

    Kind regards
    FFC

  18. I am a doctoral student in the Teaching & Learning PhD program at the University of North Dakota. I am conducting a study exploring the connections between blogging and higher education. You are invited because you are a member of the blogging community and a college student. I would like to invite you to complete a quick survey – if you would be willing and interested, please email me at laura.parson@my.und.edu.

  19. Hi again marie! I’m joanne and an avid fan of your blog and have been following for a couple of years now! Currently jz started final year med and am planning to do a medical elective in SA (which honestly your blog plays quite a part in making this decision! I am really intrigued by your experiences and the healthcare system in SA in general, not to mention the people and culture! =) Mind emailing me on any advice that you might have (like what hosp in cape town would you recommend and stuff?) It would really make my day! =pppp Thankssss!

    • Hi! Sorry for the delay in responding. Exams are rough! I’m going to send you a quick email and you can send me loads of questions, to which I will respond in the first week of May. I’m super flattered by your lovely comment! And I’m so excited that you want to come to ZA!

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