Tuesday, November 26, 2013

16 things you’ll only understand if you’re a medical student

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16 things you’ll only understand if you’re a medical student:

    1.       Getting hungry during anatomy session.
Hehe, true enough. I wonder why they made the dissecting session just before lunch. Still remember our discussion on Eid Adha open house menu while waiting for the lecturers to come. Yes, discussing next to our cadaver. Eeuu..

    2.       Practising OSCE on each other over and over and over again.
“Hi, my name is ____ and I’m 3rd year medical student. I’ve been asked by the doctor today to have a look at your heart, would that be okay with you?” Sounds familiar?
“Do you have pain anywhere in your tummy? If you do have some pain, please let me know and I’ll stop.” And more familiar ^^

    3.       Watching your friend graduate, getting jobs and getting married and you’re still in med school.
Well, very true . Quite a number of friends had just delivered or already raising their first child, one and two friends are going for their second.  Some already have a stable career, and more and more wedding invitations to come. 

    4.       Never ending ward rounds shadowing doctors
Shadowing = floating around after doctors whilst they act like you’re not there. It should be called ‘Ghosting’.
Hehe. Ghosts during the morning ward round :)

    5.       Night shifts/on calls
It should be illegal to have to stay at a hospital for that long and not get paid for it.
A real sleeping test, though.

    6.       Medical student syndrome
Being convinced that you have every disease you learnt that week and driving your GP insane. ‘I have a headache…and I’m always tired…I MUST HAVE KAWASAKI’S DISEASE.’
But sometimes you are right. Keep learning! 

    7.       Gunners
They suck up to Consultants and volunteer to stay in the hospital for longer when you want to go home, making you look like a flake. And they should stay in the hospital for longer…more like forever…in the mental health unit.
Hmmm well just go home after you're done with your work. Family first :)

    8.       Having to learn a whole new language worth of medical words

    9.       Taking all those entrance exams and interviews and wondering if it was all worth it.
Regretting on things you’ve said during the interview, and wondering how did you able to pass and get a place. 

    10.   Realising that scrubs is all based on lies

   11.   Using House and Gray Anatomy to revise. 
     I don’t watch gray anatomy. House sometimes. But Upin and Ipin is more interesting.. :p

   12.   Having to keep composed in DRE( Digital Rectal Examination)
They made you feel so hopeless when you never get a chance to do it. *sigh*

   13.   Ended up talking about medicine to your medic friends and your one non medic friends is like..
Hehe. Very very true. Sometimes I just can’t help it. Surely got something to talk about medicine. So usually I acknowledge the presence of my non medic friend, and shorten the so-called medical conversation. We need to have some empathy, right?

   14.   Still not having an answer for the dreaded questions: So why do you want to do medicine?
 I do have answer for it. But surprisingly the answer changed over time as you pass through the years. Experience is the best teacher..

    15.   You spend so long trying to get into medicine that once you got in you were like..
‘I didn’t expect this!’ You should be. Expect the unexpected. And keep moving forward, guys!


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