Long ago I answered some random search items that lead readers to this blog. It’s been three years, so here are some more.
This one goes out to all the poor misguided souls who Googled something, landed up here and still did not get their answers. I apologise profusely.
Why does UFS still offer the five-year program for Medicine?
This one is up for debate. I have it from a reliable source that the University of the Free State started offering the five-year MB.ChB. in an effort to alleviate the chronic doctor-shortage in South Africa (as did the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Walter Sisulu University). Because studying medicine in five short years as an undergraduate is pretty difficult, the latter two have re-converted to the six-year program. UFS, apparently, has elected not to do so because of budgetary constraints. Or perhaps because they yield excellent graduates. I don’t think any official statement exists.
Is Medicine at [insert university] really as difficult as they say it is?
Maybe. Some people sail through med school and other stroll along and others really struggle. Prepare yourself for the fact that it might be the most difficult thing you have ever done.
When do medical students get paid in South Africa?
When they have graduated and have a job. In other words, medical students don’t get paid. I don’t know where this myth originated, because when I was in high school I believed it too. But as a final year student I can tell you: you really don’t.
Easy way to study medicine
There isn’t one… sorry.
Medical school in South Africa for international students
I’ve spoken to a few universities and it appears that South African med schools are by and large moving away from admitting international students. This is not a case of xenophobia, rather it is in response to the country already having a shortage of medical graduates every year. Namibian students used to be accepted, but the country now has its own medical school. However, it seems that an international student who has residency in South Africa does have a chance of getting accepted.
Why are doctors weird?
Uhm.. what? I don’t know why doctors are weird. Because they work hours that are too long to remain sane? Because there is no grey area for them between being idolised or being reviled? Gosh, I don’t know! [But there’s also this GIF-post…]
Can I still say Injured on Duty the next day if I did not notice the injury?
Yes. Well, I don’t know about legally, but if you were injured in a way that requires treatment or prophylaxis: get help ASAP. In the case of HIV-exposure it is best to start prophylaxis within three hours, but it can still be started up to 72 hours post-exposure.
white tongue/hiv tongue/syphilis tongue
Wow! People have an unhealthy obsession with tongues! Or maybe people are researching some weird stuff. I wrote about strawberry tongue ONCE, I kid you not. ANYWAY, I’ve done everyone a favour and found a really good resource from Stanford about the tongue in medicine, here. Enjoy!
% medical students who can’t suture
Well, I haven’t seen a study on this one, but my guess is: A LOT. The thing about being a student is that you do rotations, so on your surgical rotation you may become really adept at suturing, and later that year find yourself with two left hands again. Use it or lose it – that’s the way it is.
Phew. My eyes hurt from scanning through all those search terms now. I’ve left the more questionable ones out because, well, I’m trying to keep this sort-of PG.