The time has come. Time for stress, uncertainties and crippling anxiety over the near future. Internship applications have just opened for us final-year medical students, which means the next month will be a flurry of navigating different hospitals’ job application portals, writing contrived cover letters and embellishing lackluster resumes to sell ourselves. To understand why … More And so it begins
For those who have been following the retelling of my trivial trials and tribulations as a final-year medical student, you would have known due to this current pandemic there has been a kerfuffle within the medical school as to how the internship application process will proceed. If you have no idea what I am referring … More I don’t know what to say to them
Excuse the overly dramatic title, but before you click away I have to stress this isn’t just for clickbait reasons. It may sound a bit crude, but as part of my future career as a doctor, I expect people under my care to die. Some will die of natural causes, others will die of a … More One day, I am going to kill.
I hope you didn’t come here expecting fantastical tales of unbelievable feats and achievements. If you did, well, sorry I click-baited you but also feel free to keep reading (aka not sorry). I like to think I have discovered a few talents throughout my life. Dancing. Writing. Public speaking. But my greatest and most fruitful … More My greatest talent.
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 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
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