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Med School - Week 1

By Andrew Simpson

I've been told that doing graduate medicine is like drinking from a firehose. Whilst my first week didn't quite reach firehose proportions, it was certainly intense and gave a taste of the firehose to come. Oddly enough, I think I found the orientation days (at uni and then at my clinical school) the most tiring. Perhaps it was the thrill of finally being here, or perhaps it was just the mental numbness that comes with having to sit through almost an hour of fire and emergency briefings. Lectures were "introductory" and ranged from gentle (histology) to entirely incomprehensible (immunology). Next week I suspect things will ramp up and the going will get tough. I'm already slightly alarmed at the prospect of not having next weekend to study because of MedCamp.

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Triumph and Disaster

By Andrew Simpson

"I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry." -- John Cage

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This is the End of the Road, Galvatron

By Andrew Simpson

Galvatron: Come out, Autobot! We all must die sometime.
Hot Rod: Not today, Galvatron! [tackles Galvatron, who reverses and begins to strangle him]
Galvatron: I will crush you with my bare hands! Die, Autobot! First Prime, then Ultra Magnus, and now you. It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense a satisfaction now! [Hot Rod grabs the Matrix from Galvatron and stands up]
Optimus Prime: [offscreen] Arise, Rodimus Prime. [Hot Rod turns into Rodimus Prime]
Rodimus Prime: [quietly] Optimus...
Galvatron: NO!! [tries to shoot Rodimus, but to no avail]
Rodimus: THIS IS THE END OF THE ROAD, GALVATRON!! [Rodimus grabs Galvatron and throws him away from Unicron]
Galvatron: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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Second Star to the Right ..

By Andrew Simpson

It's been a while since I posted a regular status update so, since this was meant to be a medical-studenty blog to begin with, I better get myself into the habit before next year rolls around. The past two months have been pretty busy. After weighting up all the pros and cons I decided to go with USyd and submitted my UQ withdrawal letter to ACER before GEMSAS offers came out. I think it makes more sense for me to stay; my family and support base are here, I prefer the (seemingly) more coherent organisation of the course and I like the idea of clinical contact from the very beginning. I have to admit that the nature of the interactions taking place in the two Facebook groups was also an influence. I'm sure not all the twosies are quite so immature but the UQ group really felt quite alien to me. In light of the VC scandal and the fact that almost 20% of UQ's MBBS2 cohort failed this year, I'm feeling even more comfortable about the decision. I've now completed my first aid course, got my police certificate, got most of my vaccinations sorted out and got myself enrolled, so all there is to do now is wait. It's quite amazing to think that there's less than two months to go until our first day on Feb 6th.

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The Thing About It

By Andrew Simpson

I guess the thing about it is, is that I wonder if she's right. I do care for her. Evidently I care quite deeply. But somehow it just doesn't seem to fit together like I feel it ought to. I'm hesitant to dive in when, in the back of my mind, I'm not sure that it's going to work out. I don't know whether that makes me a coward or a fool or a rational human being or something else. It's been a while since the dial has moved from 'single'; perhaps it's not that I never found the right girl, perhaps it's that I never took my opportunities or saw things the way they really were. Deep down it feels like the right thing to be doing but at the same time it makes me feel awfully sad and helpless. So many different parts of me have grown over the past couple of years, but in this regard I still feel like I am woefully lacking.

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