Tips for New Student Interns: Part 1

Tomorrow exactly a year ago (5 August) I wrote this post. I was a brand-spanking-new Student Intern (SI) and as a year group, we were excited and scared as heck. Now I am on a weeklong break (my first since December) and in just a short week, the new SIs will be joining us. I’llContinue reading “Tips for New Student Interns: Part 1”

Presenting a Patient: Lessons from Alice in Wonderland

It is my last week of Internal Medicine, which means several tests, portfolios, and an OSCE. Gotta admit, Internal Med has been harder than usual this year, and I was shaking like a leaf before the exam began today. As you can see, I survived. It actually went reasonably well, so now I just haveContinue reading “Presenting a Patient: Lessons from Alice in Wonderland”

Lies They Tell You About Medicine

Canada’s The Globe and Mail recently published the piece, “Think medical school is for you? You’re probably wrong.” Trisha brought it to my attention with her great response piece here. While I think the author has some salient points, I disliked the strong undertones of the piece. It did get me thinking, though, how aContinue reading “Lies They Tell You About Medicine”

Three TED Talks Med Students Should Watch

Internal is a little rough, so I want to share three TED talks that have opened my eyes this year. You might find it interesting that only one of these relate directly to healthcare. 1. How To Get Naked With Your Doctor by Pamela Wible M.D. So this is the medical one. This talk addressesContinue reading “Three TED Talks Med Students Should Watch”

How to do a Mental State Evaluation

I’ve been rotating through psychiatry, and it’s both more challenging and more fun than last year. One thing I’m happy about is that I already know how to perform a Mental State Evaluation (MSE). I remember it was really daunting to learn, and I’m also hearing from my friends in the year below me thatContinue reading “How to do a Mental State Evaluation”

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”

A Letter to First Year Medical Students

The South African academic year commences in January, and last week thousands of students around the country went to university for the first time. Among them are our future doctors.Welcoming them befalls someone else these days, as my time in student government is long gone. But I couldn’t help writing my annual “letter to theContinue reading “A Letter to First Year Medical Students”

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?”

How to use an Ophthalmoscope

Two weeks ago I asked for tips using a direct ophthalmoscope and since then, I have come to learn that the two most ubiquitous tips in this regard are a) practice makes perfect; and b) ophthalmoscopy is hard. Both of these are true, and thank you if you gave me those tips, because they madeContinue reading “How to use an Ophthalmoscope”