Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

It is Spring Madness in the Northern Hemisphere, it seems, and The Broke and the Bookish are looking for partners in crime. On my side of the globe it is getting cold. The days are still warmish, but the mornings are crisp and the evening bite. So, whether it’s class or hospital or meetings, I wouldContinue reading “Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With”

Weekly Whine: Med School Comptetition

If you look around this blog, you’ll notice that I consider myself to be an average medical student (when it comes to academics, in anyway). Clearly, that wasn’t always the case. To gain entrance to this course, students must have exceptional academic and non-academic merit.

TTT: TBR for Crispy Autumn

Seasonal change makes me whimsical. In Cape Town, Summer left with a bang and a huge heatwave. Autumn has arrived with a bite in the air. The Broke and the Bookish and their friends today share books TBR this season. Things at school are getting scarier and busier. Reading is contributing to my sanity moreContinue reading “TTT: TBR for Crispy Autumn”

Top Ten Books I would save if…

This week, The Broke and the Bookish asks which books we would save if the house was being abducted by aliens, or on fire, or something similarly horrible. I’m a sentimental person, but I hate hoarding. So I do not, as a rule, own books that are simply reading books. All of the choices bareContinue reading “Top Ten Books I would save if…”

Top Ten Books that broke my heart a little…

The anti-valentine this year, The Broke and the Bookish asks which books broke our hearts a little. I had to give this one quite a lot of thought. I am not a particularly romantic person. So, when I say it broke my heart, I mean it made me sad. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! DUE WARNING WILL BEContinue reading “Top Ten Books that broke my heart a little…”

Matryoshka (disambiguation)

Medical Students quickly become desensitised. It is a coping mechanism and it works well – not the least because it makes us laugh. Nevertheless, it’s no wonder people think we are weird. Case in point: Clinical Partner and I discuss our feelings on autopsies. He says, “Wow… doing that autopsy on the pregnant woman wasContinue reading “Matryoshka (disambiguation)”

To do or not to do

On our campus there is a fair amount of animosity between those who are involved in non-academic activities (such as community interaction and student government) and those who are not. Those who are involved feel that the others miss out on personal growth and, quite frankly, are doing humanity a disservice. “The others” feel thatContinue reading “To do or not to do”

Top Ten Books I would recommend to someone who doesn’t read…

This week’s meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish asks for the Top Ten Books you would recommend to someone who says they don’t like to read. I have quite a few of those in my life. Basically I’m choosing some of the best of the widest spectrum I can imagine, hoping that atContinue reading “Top Ten Books I would recommend to someone who doesn’t read…”

Grouchy Smurf is Grumpy: On Globally Relevant Research

I’m a bit of a Grinch. Or a grump, or maybe just a cynic. Anyway, I read this article about how poor dental health can lead to pneumonia, therefore you must brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. The research was done by the Yale University School of Medicine, so IContinue reading “Grouchy Smurf is Grumpy: On Globally Relevant Research”

Doctors and Piercings: The Debate

I like piercings and tattoos. To a limit, of course. I could not imagine tattooing my arms from shoulder to sleeve. But that is just me. I am not about to make any judgments about you if you do. If someone used unsterile needles or lead paint, or took poor care of the raw piercingContinue reading “Doctors and Piercings: The Debate”