DIY ≠ Change Agent – But Right Now, It’s All I’ve Got

As I was reflecting on the past three months, I caught myself thinking: have I been a Change Agent? (And then I automatically almost scoffed at myself. I like the idea of being an agent of change but the term is so over-used that I have come to hate it.)

Remedy for Burnout [Book Review]

The book is certainly not all-encompassing, but it is a great starting point, given that most physicians would hardly have the time to read a much more detailed book on the matter. Of course, to take these “prescriptions” seriously, one must be aware of one’s own vulnerability, so it is of no use to physicians who refuse to admit to compassion fatigue.

A Moment: The Nurse and the Med Student

She was a professional nurse at our hospital, not much older than me, and with no time during shift-work to see her private gynaecologist, she made the scary decision to come to the hospital’s gynae-clinic (scary because she would most certainly be seen first by an inept medical student before seeing the specialist).

On the Ethics of Treating Ebola (or refusing to)

The topic has come up among our students too. We train at one of the nine South African hospitals that are to be the first port of call for suspected Ebola cases. What would we do if we actually had a confirmed case? Would we, as students, treat them? Mostly we think we would not (right now… read on).

Doctors and Piercings: Two Years Later

Just over two years ago, I had my nose pierced. It was the end of my third year of medical school, and I preceded my action by seeking advice from many people – I spoke to my family, mentors and other students, and I posted this and this. I never did post that I gotContinue reading “Doctors and Piercings: Two Years Later”

Book Review: The Devil Wears Scrubs

Newly minted doctor Jane McGill is in hell.  Not literally, of course. But between her drug addict patients, sleepless nights on call, and battling wits with the sadistic yet charming Sexy Surgeon, Jane can’t imagine an afterlife much worse than her first month of medical internship at County Hospital. The Devil Wears Scrubs by FreidaContinue reading “Book Review: The Devil Wears Scrubs”

Hope for the Medical Community

The medical world is small, and like any small community it has its inherent problems. Piss someone important off and you can find doors closed in your face all over the world. Those born into the medical world often seem to have an advantage over the First Generations. Know the right people and you’ve gotContinue reading “Hope for the Medical Community”

A week in a township hospital

Remember how my elective in Kolkata completely bummed out? It was then organised that I do my elective at a public hospital complex in my home town. The hospital I have been at this week is situated in a large township. I won’t lie – I was particularly worried. It is very scary adjusting toContinue reading “A week in a township hospital”

Paeds Rotation Done and Dusted

Today was the last day of Paediatrics for my early clinical rotations – and not a moment too soon. My first two weeks on the rotation were amazing. My group and I were in an infectious ward and the consultants there loved teaching. They learned our names, asked us a lot of questions (which oftenContinue reading “Paeds Rotation Done and Dusted”

Why super-specialists should have compulsory clinic duty

We were on call again last night. The CHC was going through a quiet patch (the last delivery had been just past 01:00) and my friends and I were sitting in the students’ room eating cookies, scaring ourselves by looking at all the additives and making silly jokes that are only really funny when youContinue reading “Why super-specialists should have compulsory clinic duty”