1. Write neat patient notes (my OT-sister says that means my pencil grip isn’t great. But it is functional. When I have a functioning hand.) 2. Draw blood on a neonate (because of the crab-grip required. Those little premies can be quite powerful when you bring a needle their way.) 3. Carry a heavy textbookContinue reading “Three Things You Can’t Do With A Broken Middle Finger”
Finally I’ve found another victim amazing participant for Elective Extravaganza. Today I talk to Mari Gildenhuys, a fifth year medical student at Stellenbosch University. She did her fourth year elective in Radiology and had a fabulous time. Radiology has always been daunting to me, as you might have noticed in some of my previous posts.Continue reading “Elective Extravaganza: Radiology in Cape Town”
The second in my series about medical electives, today I share a post written by Stéphan, a medical student from South Africa who has just completed his fourth year. He writes about what may well be the least-known elective and discipline. Enjoy, and feel free to let me know if you would like to share aboutContinue reading “[Guest] Elective Extravaganza: Nuclear Medicine in KZN”
We referred a young, generally healthy patient for a CT scan a while ago. I can’t remember what we were investigating, but I do remember that she didn’t have any hard signs of cerebral oedema (brain swelling). Lo and behold, the radiologist’s report proclaimed, “signs of cerebral oedema.” Uh-oh.
Radiology tutorials make me sleepy. I don’t find them boring, strangely… they just send me straight into narcoleptic episodes. But this one was fun: Basically, neonatal X-rays (yes, they do periodically expose those little things to X-rays) can be divided into different presentations. Grainy, Streaky, Blacky, Fluffy, Hazy, Bubbly and Dotty. And of course, SnowContinue reading “Snow White’s X-Ray Phenomena”
During a visit to Oncology… On curing cancer: “People will tell you that cancer can’t be cured. But I’ll tell you this: Cancer is about the only disease that can be cured. By and large, most diseases are not cured, they are managed. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Remember how I wrote that a book inspired me to finally accepting placement at med school? Well, long before that, I had often said that if I were to study medicine, I would like to be an oncologist. I was a member of my school’s Interact club and spent a weekly afternoon with the kidsContinue reading “Back to the Beginning”
Radiology was quite cool. It is amazing how many things physicians conveniently forget when sending a patient for a scan. Like not sending a proper history and examination report (erm, I’ve done that) or sending a patient without IV-access, or a hysterical patient without some happy medicine. Or like people who want to evaluate anContinue reading “When doin’ it wrong is fatal”
This week I am on a short radiology rotation. A lot of people really want me to declare Radiology as a specialisation. The income is ridiculously good compared to the workload and working conditions – even in public South African health care. With the growth of telehealth in South Africa, there are even excellent opportunitiesContinue reading “So Radiology Is Kinda Cool?”