Reflections on Orthopaedics

I’m really just looking for an excuse to post this awesome picture. This giraffe is an educational model. It’s big and fluffy and beautiful – I have an affinity for giraffes in part due to my great-grandmother – and also it has a real spine that the orthopods used to teach the students on rotationContinue reading “Reflections on Orthopaedics”

The Importance of Clarity: A Story

Today is fibromyalgia awareness day. I find it quite apt that this happens the day before Mother’s Day. For as long as I can remember, my mom has suffered from pain. She has always been particularly sensitive to noise, bright lights and abrupt touch. It was only when we were little and clumsy that itContinue reading “The Importance of Clarity: A Story”

Le Document Pour MB.ChB.III

The inspiration for this document came during my second year while studying for an end-of-block test. At the same time, the then-first years were studying for Pathology, aided by “Le Document”. Somewhere in this time period I looked at a fellow second year, threw my hands in the air rather dramatically and exclaimed, “I wishContinue reading “Le Document Pour MB.ChB.III”

Why we panic before exams

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. Maryanne Williams was wrong. Imagine having ploughed your life and soul into a degree for three years and having nothing to show for it… unless you continue for a further three years. Third year medical schoolContinue reading “Why we panic before exams”

Learn by Colouring

[Yes, that is how I spell “colour”.] It takes a lot for me to sing praises to a textbook. It also takes a lot to get me to study anatomy. Anatomy usually contributes a neglible amount to our final marks. As it turns out, that our spot-test for Musculoskeletal System contributes 50% to the pre-clinicalContinue reading “Learn by Colouring”