Friday, July 4, 2014

Med school, no full stop

Bismillahi rahmani raheem.

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious and Most Merciful. I pray to Allah for His blessing and mercy upon all of us in this holy month of Ramadhan, the most awaited month alhamdulillah. Ramadhan kareem to everyone!! :)

Verily, there is no God but Allah and Prophet Muhammad SAW is His Messenger. I seek forgiveness from Allah for all of my shortcomings and weaknesses from the day He created me till the day I die.
‘O Allah, You are the great Forgiver, You love forgiving, so please forgive all of us..

Alhamdulillah, tsumma alhamdulillah. There is no other word or act that can replace the saying of hamdalah continuously and prostration to Allah SWT as a means to express my syukur, gratitude upon all of His blessing now and then.

End with medical school. End with tutorials, bedside teachings, portfolios, case write up, various types of continuous assessments and quizzes.

End with medical school. Life afterwards will be full with ward rounds, on calls, clerking jobs and despatch jobs. All of the cases in the wards are your long cases, and short cases will be seen in the clinics. Exam is everyday, every hour, every minute.

End with medical school. But you still need the anatomy notes from your first year of medicine, those thick textbooks of physiology, microbiology, pathology, medicine and surgery. You still have to refer to your pocket notes (which if you were to pile up all of these pocket notes, it will be thicker than your textbook!)

End with medical school. Very often during the houseman period, you’ll be condemned that you are not reading enough. The usual comment would be-‘Go back and read!’. During that moment you’ll be cursing yourself for not able to memorize it well, and you’ll be wondering how did you pass med school at the first place. Sigh.

Opss. I’m not whining. I’m just throwing my thoughts on how paradox it is when you’ve graduated from med school, the ‘school’ is actually never ends!

Yup, full stop doesn’t exist in medicine..

And this is the beauty of knowledge.
The more you learn, the more you don’t know.
Continuous learning process. The concept that all of us are well informed before we sail to the sea of journey called medicine.

I pray to Allah to make all of us steadfast and strong mentally, physically and emotionally in facing our future in this path. Renew our intention(niat), never stop make doa, and continuously support each other.


So long, penang!

6 Ramadhan 1435H

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