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Tips For Surviving First and Second Year

By Andrew Simpson

For those coming from non-medical science backgrounds (and perhaps even for those who are coming from such a background) the switch to studying medicine can be quite challenging. From my own perspective, learning pre-clinical medicine was very different to learning undergraduate physics and astronomy. Whilst physics encourages you to work from first principles and to seek understanding, medicine can often be merely a process of memorising lists of things and processes. This is not always the case (which perhaps explains why I like physiology so much) but I would suggest that more often than not you will find yourself trying to cram information into your brain rather than trying to make sense of concepts.

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Dubbo Bound

By Andrew Simpson

The past couple of months have passed by in a bit of a blur. I managed to pass second year, spent three weeks up in Airlie Beach on a John Flynn GP placement, spent a week in New Zealand on holiday, had two days of Stage 3 orientation on campus, and then packed up all my worldly possessions and moved to Dubbo! I will be placed at the hospital here for at least the next nine months and, if the stars align, the majority of the next couple of years. My first term starts on Monday with two gentle weeks of ICU.

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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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