The student was standing on their tip-toes, peering over the drapes. They had barely looked at the ventilator, so engrossed were they in the surgery. “So, are you here for anaesthesia, or for surgery?” our registrar asked. The student turned. “Well… I am on my anaesthesia rotation, technically… but I’m actually interested in surgery.” TenContinue reading “Intro for Anaesthetic Undergraduate Students”
It almost scares me a little that I managed to find my way through med school in this fashion.
My fist response: don’t let me stand in your way.
My second response: be realistic.
I want to address some pertinent falsehoods about health and fitness, and why the disenfranchised have such a hard time of it.
Shame, I feel sorry for us; because all we want is to belong, but somewhere along the line we have taught ourselves that to belong means to be among people who think like us; never realising how deprived such a community would be.
While the best-known route to medical school in South Africa is the “conventional”: finish high school and enter med school the next January, it is by far not the only route followed by medical students here. The journeys are numerous, like Tash’s journey of an older medical student, which she graciously shared here. Today, RoxanneContinue reading “[Guest Post] From Nursing to Medicine”
Dear Medical Student: medical school is worth a lot of things. I can tell you that because I went from hating medical school to loving being a doctor (well, on most days).
But it’s not worth that.
These figures show how black students in South Africa make up the majority of medical students in South Africa in numbers – HOWEVER, relative to national demographics, these students are under-represented.
I heard this song for the first time as I was driving to my New Year’s Day call on Friday. Apparently I’m the only person in the whole world who hasn’t heard it, but WHATEVER okay. I wept a little. THIS is what I want to say to people. To the new interns who areContinue reading “Another Song for Medical Student, Interns, and Basically Everyone”
As alumnae, you are the elders. You should be safeguarding tertiary education in this country. Who are you sucking up to by decrying these protests? Which lecturer are you still trying to impress?