My community medicine rotation has ended and I am three weeks into just plain old medicine. I don’t even know why I’m calling it plain or even old, because it’s far from plain and it’s far from old, in fact, it’s more accurate to call it dynamic and timeless. My degree is called Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery so that kind of explains a whole lot about how important this rotation is. So far, it’s been pretty interesting!
I’ve been spending time in the OPD, taking histories and conducting awkward examinations as best as I can (which admittedly needs a lot of work but hey, I’m trying). I’ve taken a total of two calls so far (I skipped on because I wasn’t feeling well. In fact, I’m still not feeling well) and they were actually pretty productive! My first call, I spent it taking a history from a patient admitted in the ward and it turned out that her attendant was also a doctor, so she certainly had a fun time watching us question the patient and later gave us a pretty nice explanation and walked us through the case quite nicely.
The second call was of the same nature, except that time we took histories from three patients and also got lectured by our principal (he’s a surgeon and was looking after one of the patients we had looked at) so that was also good. The attendants of that patient were also amazing and sweet, they answered our questions very patiently and when I thanked them for being so nice to us students, they said they were proud that they could help in our education. The world needs more people like that.
On January 13th and 14th, we also pulled off yet another successful year of SIST. It was a great experience, albeit a little stressful. I personally don’t like physically exerting myself very much and organizing a big event like this is really draining. I didn’t even do much organizing in the first place but I was still drained. More about that later in future blog posts.
This SIST was also a dawning realization that next year, we would be fifth years, the highest ranked seniors in school. We won’t have anyone to turn to (although our seniors have assured us that they won’t let us float around aimlessly) but still! It’s a pretty big change. It only feels like yesterday that I got into med school, threw my stress tantrum fit and then started taking things a little easier and got into some sort of routine. And now I’m in fourth year. Time sure passes by, doesn’t it? I hope our class turns out to be just as amazing.
Most people start out their 2018 with a list of resolutions that they have for their blog. I used to do the same. First I would go through the previous year’s resolutions and see what I had accomplished (spoiler alert, not even 20% of my resolutions would be completed) before drafting a new list of resolutions. However, I have learned that making resolutions is just not it for me. Sometimes I put in a lot of effort and try really hard to get things done, but things don’t always work out in my favor, so that’s a little disappointing. I also don’t want to limit myself to one streamlined path, especially when it comes to resolutions about personal development.
In regards to studying, I had initially hoped to give my USMLE during the summer break and perhaps go for an elective during my winter break, but it seems to be getting harder and harder to do. I’ve now decided to shift the exam towards the winter break and using the summer break to power through as much of the content as possible. I might not even go for an elective this year at all and instead spend it in another stretch of dedicated study before giving the exam.
So instead of making resolutions about personal development or anything like that, I decided to make a couple of blogging goals instead. Not to achieve them, but more to streamline my efforts and remind myself of what I want to work towards.
I currently have 56 followers on Google Friend Connect. I would like to raise this up to 70 by the end of 2018.
I currently have 256 followers on Instagram. I would like to raise this up to 400 by the end of 2018.
I currently have 422 followers on twitter. I would like to raise this up to 600 by the end of 2018.
I currently have 75 followers on Facebook, I would like to raise this up to 200.
In regards to content, I really want to get back to writing medically oriented posts like I did back in first year. Perhaps I could write summaries about things I’m studying or make more A-Z posts about different subjects, as well as more guides and advice posts about med school in general as I go through different clinical rotations.
I’m also planning to introduce more things to the blog, which I will discuss in future posts. Perhaps I may even turn the schedule back up to two posts a week instead of one, but I’m not very hopeful about that one yet. Anyway! Look forward to another great year with me and the Lunar Descent! Have a nice day!