I’m that junior doctor that still wants to do everything. The rush of Emergency Medicine? Sign me up. The art of Anaesthesiology? I want to master it. Paediatrics? Help, my ovaries are tingling. And underscoring it all: grassroot care and advocacy.
Maybe I will do “it all”. I get restless when I do the same thing for too long.
(Yes, I do walk around barefoot a lot.)
I write about books, medical school, the South African healthcare system, and mental health.
Sometimes I get on my high horse about things. Sometimes I’m wrong. It happens.
This blog started as a means to debrief myself during med school, and to approach my studies from a different perspective. I found that vignettes of humanity helped me to retain knowledge.
I’ve never quite managed to make this a “niche blog”. As much as I meant to write about medicine, I cannot pretend that my realities are all separate. I am a doctor, but I am also a book dragon, a South African, a feminist, and a runner (etc).
I vacillate between cold cynicism and ardent passion. I care deeply about human rights, reproductive choice, truth, history, equality. But I am also often overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness. (Is this too much? We’ve only just met.)
I’ve blogged less recently these days. I am now in my first year post-community service. But, I do try to keep up.
Note: I always change details about patient vignettes. Sometimes I even combine a couple of patients into one. I respect the need for privacy, but I also do believe that social media is invaluable in medical education.
I always welcome guests posts. Contact me if you have a story to tell.