Ectoparasite Infections in Art, Literature and History

Because today is a study day (and I would like to study, for once), today is a quick post. One of the chapters in Dermatology is about ectoparasite infections of the skin. These include crabs (Pthirus Pubis) and fleas (yes, humans can get fleas). And, just to show how relevant these are, here is yourContinue reading “Ectoparasite Infections in Art, Literature and History”

Med School: The Reaping

They supposedly do this thing at the beginning of medical school: Look to your left, look to your right. Only one of you will graduate in the allotted time. I don’t remember them doing it for our class, three years ago. I used to think it was because they were committed to getting us allContinue reading “Med School: The Reaping”

I am now half a doctor

I suppose it is appropriate to share the good news on Thanksgiving, even though we do not really celebrate the holiday in South Africa: I passed my third year final examinations. If you have been following this blog, you will know that I started the year with the will to be a “better student” andContinue reading “I am now half a doctor”

Studying for one more 271-module…

I do not enjoy the Cardiovascular System. Which is a bit of a problem, seeing that I’ve been told The Boy’s father is one of the best paediatric cardiologists around. Pray he never sees this blog then. The problem is that the CVS is just not interesting. You may remember previous posts when I wasContinue reading “Studying for one more 271-module…”

An awesome video, some humerous insight into my exams

So I wrote Urogenital System on Friday and Reproductive System today and I think that I now know everything about urology, gynaecology, nephrology, genitalia, reproduction, neonates, genetics, pregnancy and breastfeeding. I have Endocrine System left on Friday and I am exhausted. My friend introduced me to “Amateur Transplants”. They are hilarious! Check out this video,Continue reading “An awesome video, some humerous insight into my exams”

Today I went to Parliament…

Today I went to the South African Parliament. The student governments from four Western Cape Universities were invited to participate in a discussion with the Committee for Higher Education (which in turn advises parliament and Blade Nzimande, Minister for Higher Education). The Parliamentary building is really beautiful. It has an air about it that stillContinue reading “Today I went to Parliament…”

Exam hell [well, hopefully not]

Tomorrow I start my end-of-year exams. My Schedule: 8 November: Introduction to Clinical Medicine 12 November: Urogenital System 16 November: Reproductive System 19 November: Endocrine System Then I just have Cardiovascular System to write at the beginning of January. I attended International Rotary Leadership Awards in Montreal, Canada, in June and couldn’t write the examContinue reading “Exam hell [well, hopefully not]”

First OSCE: done and dusted?

Today I had my first ever OSCE. That stands for “Objective Structured Clinical Examination” and is basically a practical exam for medical students. I don’t think I was this nervous for my final Matric exams. Of course I wasn’t, back then I was an A+ student.