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”

Med School: The Reaping

They supposedly do this thing at the beginning of medical school: Look to your left, look to your right. Only one of you will graduate in the allotted time. I don’t remember them doing it for our class, three years ago. I used to think it was because they were committed to getting us allContinue reading “Med School: The Reaping”

“Interviewing” our Forensic Pathologist

The Forensic Pathologist in charge of our clinical group these past two weeks was one of the best doctors that has worked with us. She gave us confidence and got us to such a point that we were willing to ask questions. We asked her why she decided to go into this field, and sheContinue reading ““Interviewing” our Forensic Pathologist”

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”

Answers to Misguided Questions

WordPress has this wonderful little thing called STATS. Recently I amused myself by viewing all the search terms that has brought readers to this blog. 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.

Top Tips for Tygerberg Part I

Every year I get a substantial amount of queries from aspiring medical students regarding the school I attend. It is a prestigious university with some interesting factors at play, so it is wise for Matrics (high school seniors) to investigate their potential choices. They will be spending six years there, after all.

Gala Dinner: Great Evening

I have written before of the virtues of a well-balanced life. Tonight it was proven to me once again. As the a member of the Academic Affairs Council of the university, I was invited to attend a special prestige evening held for the top achieving first years of 2010. Reasons to attend included – butContinue reading “Gala Dinner: Great Evening”

Summer Jobs: A Necessary Evil

While Christmas shopping today I was recognised by some girls from my high school. It means a lot to me because I was kind of a someone in high school – often in the limelight and usually for a good reason – so university has sometimes made me feel small and invisible. Anyways, the girlsContinue reading “Summer Jobs: A Necessary Evil”