The Best Med School Fiction I’ve Read

I read a lot of medical fiction. I even have some lists about them (fiction and non-fiction, actually). I think I just read one of my favourites: Suicide Med by Freida McFadden, aka Fizzy McFizz. She also wrote The Devil Wears Scrubs, which I reviewed here. In all honesty, I don’t think the blurb doesContinue reading “The Best Med School Fiction I’ve Read”

I Hate Med School – And That’s Okay

I hated the selfishness I saw festering in my colleagues. I hated noticing how our passions died, how we began to work just hard enough to get through the day. Dreams clinical and humanitarian prowess fell by the wayside, and we shuffled forward towards that degree like zombies past their expiration dates.

I Lived in a Shipping Container

For the past three years, I have lived in a modified shipping container. So a few years ago a company called TopShell started converting shipping containers into student housing. It is not a completely new concept, but it was pretty novel for South Africa. Now, these containers are butt-ugly from outside! They are this horrible off-green colour that kind of make them look like army barracks. But inside… they are relatively gorgeous.

When College Kinda Sucks

Before I left high school, I compiled a book with letters and notes from friends and teachers. I still own this book, and it has served its job in reminiscing and inspiration many times. But one thing that still guts me a little is that so many messages from teachers proclaim, “You are going toContinue reading “When College Kinda Sucks”

Frequently Unanswered Questions

Long ago I answered some random search items that lead readers to this blog. It’s been three years, so here are some more. This one goes out to all the poor misguided souls who Googled something, landed up here and still did not get their answers. I apologise profusely.

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”

Step by Step: Applying to Med School in South Africa

EDIT 4 July 2021: Hi! This remains one of the most popular posts on my blog, but please note that it was first written in 2014. While I like to think that my advice here is broadly applicable, things can and do change all the time. Do be sure to have a look around socialContinue reading “Step by Step: Applying to Med School in South Africa”

Medical School in South Africa: How does it work?

EDIT 4 July 2021: Hi! This remains one of the most popular posts on my blog, but please note that it was first written in 2013. While I like to think that my advice here is broadly applicable, things can and do change all the time. Do be sure to have a look around socialContinue reading “Medical School in South Africa: How does it work?”

The Nerd in its Natural Habitat

You saw it here first: this video clip was made by my sister’s boyfriend while she was studying for her final high school exams about a year ago (he was apparently doing the “moral support” thing, and got bored). I think it is outrageously hilarious – I hope you think so too. Turn on EnglishContinue reading “The Nerd in its Natural Habitat”