A tremendous leap seems to occur at Tuks in the middle of 5th year, when one essentially begins their final year of medicine – only it is stretched over 18 months and referred to as the “Student Intern Complex”. Suddenly one gains a tremendous amount of confidence and knowledge as one’s training becomes purely practical, … Continue reading SIC starter pack:
A little over a week ago the Surgery Rotation chewed me up and spat me out, miraculously in-tact. Not only was I wholly unprepared for the rotation as a whole, despite despising surgeon-types at the best of times, I too was wholly unprepared for what SIC would bring out in both myself and those around … Continue reading “If you lost everything, you wouldn’t die. So…”
In the early years of medicine, one studies the pathophysiology of medical conditions at grass roots' level, without fully seeing how conditions, and how each body system, integrate. As my medical studies have progressed, however, so too has my ability to reason a medical problem out by my sheer knowledge of 'medical science', rather that relying purely on … Continue reading 10 cool medical phenomena… that you probably shouldn’t laugh at.
Last week I was sitting in the morning meeting trying to stay awake while the Doctor was droning on about Upper GIT bleeds again, when suddenly 2 friends scampered out of the room within 30 seconds of one-another. I didn’t think much of it until someone raised their hand and quivered: “Sorry Doctor, but they’re … Continue reading Run Forrest, Run!
I've posed this question to myself every day since starting the General Surgery rotation 3 weeks ago, only now I'm re-phrasing it as: "Once you've lost your personality in the General Surgery Ward, how many sisters does it take to help you find it again?". Cynical as this may sound, I fear that General Surgery is … Continue reading How not to lose your personality during the General Surgery rotation…