It was early into my first clinical year and I was still being eager, traipsing up into the wards and asking for patients who would want to have a chat with me. A young gentleman was recommended, so I tiptoed into the shared room he was in. He was on the far side of the … More My lapse in judgment
Ever since I started my medical school journey, and perhaps even slightly before that, people have asked me what field I eventually want to pursue. And for the past three years, my answer has always remained “I don’t know.” Whilst nothing has changed and I am not writing this to suddenly announce my surprise commitment … More What will I become?
I don’t come from a wealthy family, I’ve already established that. My parents are first generation immigrants and have done manual work their entire lives. We live in a comfortable double storey unit in the outer suburbs of the CBD, and drive an average but reliable car. We don’t have any fancy investments, shares or … More If money wasn’t an issue
I love you. You know that already, but I’ll probably say it several times throughout this regardless. I also realise this is more for me than it is for you, because you cannot read English well. But I want to do it all the same. By the time you were my age you had already … More A short letter to my Dad
I recently saw a photograph of all the new interns that have started working at the hospital I am placed at. Some faces I recognise, many I do not. Whilst I am happy for each of them and I hope they have an amazing experience as they embark on the start of their (hopefully) very … More “Firsts” I am terrified of
He marches in the door, leaving a metaphorical trail of dust and debris in his wake. The elderly patient must not even be sure what consulting room his doctor has walked into. He emerges into view ten seconds behind, shuffling slowly with a gait aid. The doctor is already seated, looking at his papers and … More The type of doctor I don’t want to be
In the ecosystem that is the hospital, medical students are at the bottom of the food chain. We are the dumb and mute stragglers trying to infiltrate the tightly knit herd that is a ward round. We are the unwanted. I study at a large teaching hospital, where there is up to almost two hundred … More A fly on the wall
I wish I could be more confident, and have more faith in my capabilities instead of the pessimism I often drown myself in. I wish I could be more outgoing and charming so that I can be better liked. I wish I could have more determination and perseverance to strive for the things that I … More What I wish I could be… coming into 2020