The Worst Scut Ever

You can all go home now. I win at this contest. You think doing rectal exams on every incoming trauma or abdominal patient is bad? You think dripping all the agitated drunks is bad? A few weeks ago I was asked to do what I believe is the weirdest scut ever. (For the non-medical people outContinue reading “The Worst Scut Ever”

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”

Hell Week is Over. But I’d Rather Talk About SAS.

I survived Hell Week. Not sure what that is? Check this post, right at the end. I don’t really want to talk about it though. I’m pretty traumatised. Thanks to a huge amount of prayers and support and motivation from my family and friends, I survived it. I honestly did not think I would getContinue reading “Hell Week is Over. But I’d Rather Talk About SAS.”

The Interns vs. The Student Interns

Editing this post for the sake of maturity and propriety. So, I had my Surgery OSCEs today. They were pretty awful and I am really just hoping for a pass, which I will hopefully improve in the upcoming exams. This rotation was even worse than the same rotation in third year. I have never beenContinue reading “The Interns vs. The Student Interns”

Vascular Surgery, Exam Anxiety and Stuff

I think I may, for the first time in my life, have some genuine academic anxiety. I’ll be writing my first set of FINAL med school finals in ten weeks. Six domains in four days: Urology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Anaesthesiology, Family Medicine, Surgery and Orthopaedics. And let’s not forget that Surgery = general + head&neck +Continue reading “Vascular Surgery, Exam Anxiety and Stuff”

Surviving Anaesthesiology – Only Just!

I knew from the beginning that Anaesthesiology would be an incredibly difficult rotation for me. It is nothing like Medicine and nothing like Surgery, yet it encompasses both. I’ve given patients medicine before, but never had to use complex equations to do so. I’ve done lumbar punctures, but never had to inject something into theContinue reading “Surviving Anaesthesiology – Only Just!”

Thoughts on Urology

The first three weeks of Student Internship are over. Well, almost over. I’m one of the poor people who is on call on the last weekend of the rotation. But whatevs. I was not looking forward to this rotation. The last time I had had to catheterise a man, he had looked at me skepticallyContinue reading “Thoughts on Urology”

Bowel Sounds and Glug-Glug

On examination of a patient recovering from a Bricker’s Ileal Conduit Urinary Diversion, a colleague had to qualify the bowel sounds. Trying to help, the registrar enquired whether the bowel sounds were ting-ting-ting (soft and almost gone) or glug-glug (loud). And in my exhaustion all I could think of was this classic South African commercial (translation ad lib below).

Day 1: Student Internship

It has teased us from a distance for some time, but the first day of Student Internship finally arrived. We did not have the White Coat Ceremony in first or third year like many other medical schools, but today we had our badge “ceremony”, loosely defined. For two and a half years of clinical rotationsContinue reading “Day 1: Student Internship”