Balancing life

Easter break fast approaching – a much needed respite from the early hours surgical ward rounds. Over the past couple of months, I’ve found my feet have have learnt things differently – in a clinical context.

Weekends were a time for relaxation – caught up with friends and family, overindulged on food with my bears, hung out with my Monash peers, did a little bit of running – medicine was the last thing on my mind. Special mention to Chlo’s birthday.

Good news – looks like my bears and I have secured a December 2018 elective with the University Edinburgh. Also thinking about electives with the Oxford and Cambridge universities…

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 11.39.36 pm

 

Here’s our MD2/MBBS3B cohort photo:

FB_IMG_1487037271310

 

Catch ups:

 

Hanging Rock:

 

Run for the kids:

 

Cheers,
J

Transitioning into MD2 Bendigo

Summer holidays are over and I’ve had the pleasure of catching up with friends – celebrated PanPan’s birthday, made watermelon cake, made ‘eating lots of food’ an understatement, and had a classic BBQ. For future summers to come, I endeavour to continue my learning on overseas placements. I’ve now moved into Bendigo with my housemates and it’s already been a week of orientation.

Rest of my holidays:

 

Feel free to check out my summer cover:

 

Rural clinical school; Bendigo clinical school:

 

Back for the first weekend – with my bears:

 

Cheers,
J

MD1 exams complete

So I just finished the last of my exams this week, and I’ve spent these past few days organising a small birthday dinner for myself – just to spoil some of my friends you know?

Overall, I found the OSCEs this semester quite fair. We had a headache and a jaundice history, and a cardiovascular and a visual examination. For the jaundice history, I left my stickers in the previous station and lost some time running back for them. As for the visual examination, it was so out of left field – no one (but my tutor) really expected it.

The SAQ paper this year was atrocious. They examined us on such low-yield concepts. On the other hand, the MCQ/EMQ paper was more reflective of the content we learnt this year. Now the exercise, locomotor, reproduction and intersystem blocks MST#5 was an interesting one. I felt so confident upon finishing the test, but then the more you talk to your peers about the questions, the more answers you realised you got wrong.

SWOTFAT this year was probably the most enjoyable one I’ve had. I started a new TV show called We Bare Bears, and so much camembear and bluebearries were consumed – not to mention all the other food we got delivered!

The adventures of Grizz, PanPan and Ice Bear:

 

Now it’s time to catch up on some friends, reading, movies and TV shows.

Cheers,
J