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 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
“Rose would be a good person to talk to, if she’s up for it.” I was being that annoying medical student again, asking staff for patients who would likely consent to speaking to me. I was with my friend Jack, and with that we made our way through the confusing maze of rooms before we … More She told me she was committed to killing herself
If there’s one piece of advice people in the healthcare system would tell you has saved their life, it’s “Don’t take it home with you.” Sounds heartless? Sounds trivial? It’s not. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, the list goes on. People who see both the durability and fragility of life every day. People who witness … More Don’t take it home with you
There are over 100,000 medical practitioners in Australia, and in a measly 1.5 years I will be joining the ranks of one of the most respected careers in society. And yet, I feel like a fraud. For those who don’t know me, I am postgraduate student currently studying medicine in Melbourne. I have a Bachelor … More Help, I am an imposter