Easter brrreak

Teddy doctoring at Teddy Bear Hospital; Bearly survived Labertouche Caves (Grizz caving in spirit):


Happy birthday Grizz – brrrgrrrs, escape room, food coma:




Week 1: Teddy bear hospital, Taekwondo grading, Guitar cover

Teddy bear hospital winter checkup at Chadstone shopping centre wasn’t as big as Good Friday earlier this year, but it was still lovely to see the kids. I was originally stationed at surgery, but moved to multitasking between triage and height and weight. It was nice seeing the diversity of volunteers; I think they were a little short on numbers because it was over the weekend (two days, rather than just the one on Good Friday), they kept extending the closing date for volunteer applications, and they even opened up to first year biomed and science students and above.

Briefly met these two during handover:



Taekwondo grading – another semester, another level up:


Guitar cover – as promised, I uploaded this on the last day of holidays:



Easter break: Teddy Bear Hospital

Now that my mini-swotvac is coming to an end, it’s time for some reflection.

I kicked off my Easter break volunteering for the Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is one of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Good Friday Appeal (GFA) fundraising activities. The aim of the event was to introduce the hospital environment to children by encouraging them to bring along their teddy bears for treatment. All in all, I had a great time. I was initially stationed for colouring and photography, but instead I ended up at ticketing for the whole day. There I was working with a 3rd year MD student (being the face of the TBH) to raise funds for the GFA. It was $5 for a child’s teddy to visit the TBH and $10 for 2 or more children with teddies, but if you didn’t have money on you then any donation was fine. Throughout our shift, they gave us some amazing chocolate snack, some hot cross buns, and Krispy Kreme donuts at the end. Unfortunately, for those interested in volunteering at the TBH, you have to be a University of Melbourne student, either studying a post-graduate health science course or be in 3rd year biomedicine – which I think is a little unfair on the science students.

Donning half of the mascot costume – maybe I’ll wear the full one next year:



As for the rest of my Easter break, I’ve been studying and learning guitar. I have a couple of mid-semester tests in the next couple of weeks, and during that period of time I also have a couple of training days for the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) volunteer service and an Australian Chinese Medical Association Victoria (ACMAV) seminar – not to mention my taekwondo competition! In terms of time management, it’s going to get tough, but the tough get going.

Studying hard. I’m kidding – more like hardly studying. Too busy photoboothing at the library with the study buddy:Photo on 6-04-2015 at 4.24 pm


Anyways, I’ll leave you guys with a dirty mnemonic of the carpal bones that I picked up from another anatomy student. From the proximal row of 4 going from lateral to medial, to distal row of 4 going from lateral to medial:

  • Scaphoid Luntae Triquetrum Pisiform, Trapezium Trapezoid Canpitate Hamate
  • Some Lovers Try Positions That They Cannot Handle


Volunteering: a heads up

Today was the day I’ve been waiting for!

As you may have known, I went for a Royal Melbourne Hospital Volunteer Service interview a couple of weeks ago and I’m happy to announce that I’ve passed the interview and reference check stages and that I’ve progress to training! The 2 full-day training sessions around (but not during) the Easter break, so I will still miss some class, but it would all be worth it. I might not get to start volunteering until the end of semester though – still, that gives me enough time between my first shift and the med school interviews (around the time of the September mid-semester break) to gain some insight in the hospital setting.

During Good Friday this year, I’ll also be volunteering at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Teddy Bear Hospital. My roles include face painting and internal roaming, so that’s something to look forward to.

As for uni, it seems that I’m prioritising socialising over work and as a result I’m starting to fall a little behind in terms of lecture notes, so I’m hopefully relying on the Easter break to catch up. At least for world music choir (my breadth), I managed to score a solo for Georgian church hymn ‘Tsmindao (Holy God)’- all for the participation marks. It was funny how I encouraged my two other friends in the alto and soprano parts to step out of their comfort zone and join me. At the time, I knew they’d thank me later in hindsight – just like giving children their awfully-tasting medicine.