Mmm… Mormon, MedBall, MelbMara

Hello! Exams are right around the corner and I’m already looking forward to the summer holidays. Recently of note, I went to see The Book of Mormon, I went to Med Ball, and I ran a Half Marathon for the very first time. A picture paints a thousand words, so here’s a thesis.

BOM:

 

Ballin’:

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Runner’s high:

 

Cheers,
J

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Getting by

It’s that time of the year where everyone is starting to feel burnt out. It’s times like these where friendships help to get you through the year. Here’s to ‘sharpening the saw‘:

 

In terms of recent assessments, I’d like to think I’m getting by fine. For my second long case, I took it pretty easy – I had all the time in the world to prepare for it and the assessor was super nice and gave me a 7/10. As for the mini-CEXes, this time around I scored 4/5 for both. Legit the same marks as last rotation.

Looking forward, I’ll be moving to St V’s next year. However, I won’t be spending much time there, as my women’s rotation is at the Royal Women’s Hospital, my children’s rotation will likely be at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and my GP rotation will be elsewhere… and my final year research project anywhere:

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Cheers,
J

Mid-year brrreak

During the first week of my winter break, my bears and I went to see 1984 the play and walked Rhyno up Mt. Macedon. Unfortunately, Chlo couldn’t join us as she was soaking up the sun in Hawaii.

During the second week of my winter break, I promised that I would one day go snowboarding with my little brother, so we decided to go to New Zealand. It was my first time snowboarding, so although everything hurts, the feeling of mastery was worthwhile. We visited The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona and we lucked out at Cardrona when they were having their inaugural Students Ride Free Day promotion (free lift pass) – that one day in the year! In between the slopes, we had way too much Fergburger, visited Milford Sound on a cloudy day, and had a great time skydiving for the first time from 12,000ft.

Overall, I enjoyed the MD student conference (MDSC) this year – there was a nice balance between the themes and wellness activities.

1984:

 

Rhyno walks Mt. Macedon:

 

NZ:

 

MDSC:

 

Cheers,
J

Halfway through MD2

So I’ve just finished my first semester of clinical teaching. On weekends back in Melbourne, completed the Mad Mex 1kg burrito challenge to claim our ‘authentic’ Mexican wrestling masks, and took our mum to visit the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria for Mother’s Day.

Bears do brrritos:

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Some of my favourites from Van Gogh:

 

Throughout the year, we have to complete 3 long case presentations (first 2 each worth 5% of our MD2 grade, last 1 worth 10%) and 6 mini-clinical encounters (altogether worth 10%). I’ve completed my first 2 mini-CEXs both scoring 4/5, and my first long case scoring 7/10. The marking for the mini-CEXs at Bendigo is quite varied. We have to find our own registrars and consultants to assess us and we can do as many as we want and select the highest scoring ones. Some doctors have little time, some doctors have a lot of time, some mark harshly, some mark easy. For my first mini-CEX, I had to take a history from an elderly deaf patient and present it to an ICU registrar – he was a fairly easy marker. For my second mini-CEX, I spent 4 days chasing after a busy rehabilitation registrar before he referred me to the neighbouring neurology rehabilitation registrar, who spent an hour and a half teaching me how I could improve on my history and examination – he was also a fairly easy marker. For my long case, I had to present to the Monash clinical dean – he asked questions in a very interesting manner and he was a fair marker.

Now it’s time to chill.

Cheers,
J

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…

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Here’s our MD2/MBBS3B cohort photo:

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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

Hawaii

Just got back from Hawaii – overall a good experience, but lots of tourists and expensive.

In terms of the food, highlights include Maguro Brothers (sushi tacos), Marukame Udon (tempura udon), Kyoto Ramen Yottekko-Ya (pork ramen), Ahi Assassins (poké), and Tropical Tribe (açai bowls).

We hiked Diamond Head (moderate – $1 entry fee), Koko Crater (hard – someone needed a helicopter to get down; spent Christmas here) and Manoa falls (easy – muddy shoes).

We visited the Iolani Palace to learn about the Kings and Queens of Hawaii, and the downfall of the monarchy. We checked out the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus. We travelled to the Dole Plantation (which had the world’s largest maze) and the North Shore. We also visited Pearl Harbor and attended the USS Arizona Memorial, which was hauntingly beautiful. We flew to Big Island for a tour and saw an active volcano from a distance. And on New Years Eve, we went snorkelling at Hanauma Bay ($7.50 entrance fee) – there were so many beautiful fishes in the reef!

As with any trip, we also had some bad experiences – tipping awkwardness, the worst restaurant service in my life, and temporarily losing my wallet.

 

Cheers,
J

MD1 reflections

So the last of my results came out today. For FBS, I scored 93/120 for MST5, 95/120 for the MCQ/EMQ paper, 117/180 for the SAQ paper, with a 17/20 for CSL participation. For PCP, I scored 33/40 for the headache history (pass mark 26) , 37/40 for the cardiovascular examination (pass mark 27), 30/40 for the jaundice history (pass mark 23), 30/40 for the eye examination (pass mark 26), with a 14/20 for class participation. Overall:

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Feedback on PCP1 Semester Two OSCEs 2016

FBS EOY Announcement

Looking back on the year, I’m lucky to have befriended some of the smartest and most hard-working peers I know ; it is truely an honour to call you guys and gal pals friends (thanks for carrying me in the past, present and future; you all know who you are). Although I found MD1 more difficult to do well in, it was nonetheless more enjoyable than undergrad thanks to said friends. Looking forward next year, I don’t feel quite ready for clinical placements – but really, who ever is?

Cheers,
J