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Busy Bee

By Andrew Simpson

I had this great expectation when I started out that it would be no problem to blog regularly during medical school. The evidence to date .. would suggest otherwise, however. As the year has gone on, time management has become a huge issue. Between study, maintaining friendships, spending time with my beautiful girl and seeing my family, there's really not a lot left. These days, finding myself with two hours off is really exciting .. because it means I have two hours (!) that I can spend catching up on lectures that I haven't had a chance to go over yet. I don't mean this as a whinge because it's really not. I find the vast majority of the stuff we're learning truly fascinating and I wouldn't trade this career path for any other. But you get to the point where you have to prioritise pretty heavily. A small part of me envies the 21-year olds in our course who have no other commitments and can focus solely on their studies; the rest of me is glad that I have so many great people to spend time with.

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A Learning Experience

By Andrew Simpson

As one of our "reflective" (ugh) assessments this year, we had to write about our best, worst and most moving learning experiences. I would really like to be able to share my most moving one on here, but it's difficult to do so without disclosing potentially identifying details of a patient. However, my 'best' learning experience was more general and I think it has some insights about my progress through medical school so far:

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The One

By Andrew Simpson

I went on a date a couple of weeks ago. The girl in question was lovely in many different ways - we shared a lot of common interests, we were both involved in healthcare and she was tomboyish but pretty. The date itself went reasonably well, albeit a little drawn out, but apparently not well enough. In the autopsy the next day, she said something that got me thinking: “once you’ve had that feeling [of meeting ‘the one’], you can never go back”. Rewind about eight years and I might have said the same thing .. but now? I’m not so sure.

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Keeping Up Appearances

By Andrew Simpson

And .. suddenly, we're in week 7. How did that happen? I felt reasonably comfortable in the first four weeks, somewhat overloaded in the next two weeks, and now I can feel the sheer terror building up inside of me when I think about how far behind I am. I guess this is how things are going to be for a while. Our first exam is coming up in less than four weeks now. It's only formative (ie. doesn't actually count for anything) but I'd still like to be able to pass it and give myself some confidence that I can handle the workload.

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A Serious Man

By Andrew Simpson

It's hard to believe that only two weeks of med school have passed so far; it really seems like so much longer. This second week the intensity was ratcheted up a notch and biochemistry was added to the list of subjects that are now entirely incomprehensible. We had our first 'real' clinical day, getting a basic introduction to the wards and talking about how to approach history-taking. We also had our first anatomy and histology labs, the latter of which I found surprisingly enjoyable. It was great to be able to peer through a microscope and see what a stratified squamous epithelium actually looks like. And then .. there was MedCamp.

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