Journal Flashback: 2009_03_30

I wrote this last year. It may well be one of the most honest journal entries I have ever done. Whether I still feel the same and my opinions on these facts, now… are inconsequential and a matter for another day: A country requires many more doctors than there are people who have a callingContinue reading “Journal Flashback: 2009_03_30”

Favourite Funnies

I don’t believe in using too many mnemonics or rhymes to remember things, as remembering the mnemonic in itself can be a difficult task. To work, it must either be very funny, very relevant, or very entrenched. Here are some of my favourites – some because they are hilarious and some simply because they work.Continue reading “Favourite Funnies”

Studying for exams: Reproductive System

Today I studied for my Reproductive System examination. Yes, I am trying very hard to take this studying-thing seriously. The more I study this system, the more I am scared of having children one day. Nevermind that, the more I fear my Obstetrics rotation which will happen next year. That is a bad thing, sinceContinue reading “Studying for exams: Reproductive System”

Endocrine System: When studying for the exam

Yesterday I studied for my Endocrine System exam. I have decided that I simply cannot have a supplementary exam in January as I need actually to have a holiday in the short time provided I won’t be able to take too many textbooks home with the airlines’ baggage allowances for domestic flights Endocrinology is supposedlyContinue reading “Endocrine System: When studying for the exam”

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Presenting a patient

As part of continuous assessment for this module, we have to prepare and present a case to the Module Head. Due to my apparent silence in hospital rounds since everybody knows that I can actually speak in public, my wonderful clinical group (I do love them :P) informed me that I would be presenting ifContinue reading “Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Presenting a patient”

How to tell you study medicine

Some of these are my own, some are my friends’, others have come from the internet. All of them are a reflection of being a medical student. Enjoy, laugh, and feel free to add some more below. 🙂 1.When you look at a person on the beach, the first thing you notice is their appendectomyContinue reading “How to tell you study medicine”

Protesting on campus

Tygerberg Campus is not the most politically active campus in South Africa. Earlier this year, the student council organised something called “courageous conversations” in order to address concerns about homophobia on campus [courageous conversations can address any issues, though]. The audience consisted almost solely of the student council and the media. This campus is oneContinue reading “Protesting on campus”

Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen

One of the most important things they try to drill into our heads at Med School is the ability to take a good, relevant history. If we get a question in a test or exam asking, “Patient X has these symptoms, describe the steps you would take to reach a diagnosis” and we do notContinue reading “Introduction to Clinical Medicine: Learning to Listen”

Introduction to Clincal Medicine: Learning to probe orifices

As mentioned before, I am currently in the last quarter of my second year as medical student. The module my class is handling at the moment is called Introduction to Clinical Medicine. This is where, after almost two years of intense theoretical training, we get introduced to the clinical set-up of medicine. It is aContinue reading “Introduction to Clincal Medicine: Learning to probe orifices”