How to tell you study medicine

Some of these are my own, some are my friends’, others have come from the internet. All of them are a reflection of being a medical student. Enjoy, laugh, and feel free to add some more below. 🙂 1.When you look at a person on the beach, the first thing you notice is their appendectomyContinue reading “How to tell you study medicine”

Protesting on campus

Tygerberg Campus is not the most politically active campus in South Africa. Earlier this year, the student council organised something called “courageous conversations” in order to address concerns about homophobia on campus [courageous conversations can address any issues, though]. The audience consisted almost solely of the student council and the media. This campus is oneContinue reading “Protesting on campus”

When fate meddles with my profession

My friend was in an accident. It is not my story to tell and he would not appreciate me doing so, but it set me thinking. As medical students of the 21st century, we are drilled in several things that were not always considered as important. These are things like the interdisciplinary approaches and holisticContinue reading “When fate meddles with my profession”

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen

One of the most important things they try to drill into our heads at Med School is the ability to take a good, relevant history. If we get a question in a test or exam asking, “Patient X has these symptoms, describe the steps you would take to reach a diagnosis” and we do notContinue reading “Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen”

My dramatic evening: a real-life medical emergency

Clinical Group arrived at Canal Walk (nice mall in Cape Town) at 21:00. We were going to have baklava (which I had been craving) and seafood. Ocean Basket was full; so onto the list went our names and a-walking we went. At about 21:30 we were heading back towards the restaurant when we passed aContinue reading “My dramatic evening: a real-life medical emergency”

Introduction to Clincal Medicine: Learning to probe orifices

As mentioned before, I am currently in the last quarter of my second year as medical student. The module my class is handling at the moment is called Introduction to Clinical Medicine. This is where, after almost two years of intense theoretical training, we get introduced to the clinical set-up of medicine. It is aContinue reading “Introduction to Clincal Medicine: Learning to probe orifices”

This time I shall blog properly…

So… I have a new blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a crappy blogger. In fact, I’m a pretty decent writer (not so great at 03:00 in the morning, but still pretty decent). It’s just that things like privacy and embarassment tend to get in the way. I think I may have it figuredContinue reading “This time I shall blog properly…”