Making good of the New Year

I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. [I do know that I am two weeks late in this declaration and that it is impossible not to believe in something which indeed exists.] Moving on: I made two promises to myself. I do not recall when I made them, but since my return to Cape TownContinue reading “Making good of the New Year”

Neurosciences 371: The first dissection

South African medical students are very fortunate in that we always have access to cadavers for dissection. Many western countries, as I have been told, simply don’t have these available to medical students. My class started dissecting in September 2009. The new syllabus is all about integration, so where in the past curricula students spentContinue reading “Neurosciences 371: The first dissection”

Neurosciences 371: The Beginning

Today was my second day of class for the year. I have not yet received my results from Friday’s exam – which was horrible, by the way – but I can’t very well not attend classes. We are doing Neurosciences 371 now. I have not yet learnt terribly much, but I think it will beContinue reading “Neurosciences 371: The Beginning”

Le Document pour MB.ChB.II

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”. [If you are a Tygerberg Medical student and you don’t know Le Document, I really pity you.] Anyway, somewhere in this time period IContinue reading “Le Document pour MB.ChB.II”

Studying for one more 271-module…

I do not enjoy the Cardiovascular System. Which is a bit of a problem, seeing that I’ve been told The Boy’s father is one of the best paediatric cardiologists around. Pray he never sees this blog then. The problem is that the CVS is just not interesting. You may remember previous posts when I wasContinue reading “Studying for one more 271-module…”

My Day in Obstetrics: Catching babies… or watching, at least

Before being allowed to commence the clinical rotations of our third year, my class has to witness three NVDs (normal vaginal deliveries). Today I went to a provincial hospital in the Eastern Cape for mine. The Eastern Cape is notorious for its poor administration, but medical students love working or shadowing here as it offersContinue reading “My Day in Obstetrics: Catching babies… or watching, at least”

An awesome video, some humerous insight into my exams

So I wrote Urogenital System on Friday and Reproductive System today and I think that I now know everything about urology, gynaecology, nephrology, genitalia, reproduction, neonates, genetics, pregnancy and breastfeeding. I have Endocrine System left on Friday and I am exhausted. My friend introduced me to “Amateur Transplants”. They are hilarious! Check out this video,Continue reading “An awesome video, some humerous insight into my exams”

Exam hell [well, hopefully not]

Tomorrow I start my end-of-year exams. My Schedule: 8 November: Introduction to Clinical Medicine 12 November: Urogenital System 16 November: Reproductive System 19 November: Endocrine System Then I just have Cardiovascular System to write at the beginning of January. I attended International Rotary Leadership Awards in Montreal, Canada, in June and couldn’t write the examContinue reading “Exam hell [well, hopefully not]”

First OSCE: done and dusted?

Today I had my first ever OSCE. That stands for “Objective Structured Clinical Examination” and is basically a practical exam for medical students. I don’t think I was this nervous for my final Matric exams. Of course I wasn’t, back then I was an A+ student.