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Optimism

By Andrew Simpson

I do so admire the optimism of my last post. I'm saddened that it's been just over a year since I posted last but I guess things have been pretty .. well, busy. Somehow I muddled my way through the end-of-year exams last year and I was deemed to have been of sufficient standard to crawl into second year. Over the holidays I undertook a GPSN First Wave placement in the Blue Mountains, which was really enjoyable and certainly cemented being a regional GP as a career option. Since the year started again I've managed to negotiate neuro, endocrine and renal blocks and there are now only five more weeks of lectures until we move to the hospital full-time - a scary thought indeed. I was also successful in securing a John Flynn placement, although I am yet to hear where I have been placed. Apparently I was originally allocated to Gympie but my GP supervisor there pulled out at the last minute, leaving me in limbo.

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Optimism

By Andrew Simpson

I do so admire the optimism of my last post. I'm saddened that it's been just over a year since I posted last but I guess things have been pretty .. well, busy. Somehow I muddled my way through the end-of-year exams last year and I was deemed to have been of sufficient standard to crawl into second year. Over the holidays I undertook a GPSN First Wave placement in the Blue Mountains, which was really enjoyable and certainly cemented being a regional GP as a career option. Since the year started again I've managed to negotiate neuro, endocrine and renal blocks and there are now only five more weeks of lectures until we move to the hospital full-time - a scary thought indeed. I was also successful in securing a John Flynn placement, although I am yet to hear where I have been placed. Apparently I was originally allocated to Gympie but my GP supervisor there pulled out at the last minute, leaving me in limbo.

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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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