50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 2)

You can read the first part here.

11. Find a mentor.

“Mentorship is about getting to know someone and learning how he or she finds passion in his or her medical career.” writes Marissa Camilon, MD. “As young learners, we are drawn intrinsically to passionate people; whether their energy is shown through lectures, clinical work or even in simple conversations.”

Not only do mentors give advice, provide encouragement, offer insight, and connect you to a wider network; they can actually provide you with the perspective needed to figure out some solutions on your own.

Read more on: The importance of having mentors in medicine.

12. Medical school is just a phase. It won’t last forever. 

Just think of all the hurdles you’ve crossed to get to this stage, the endless tests and exams you had to take before you ever qualified to become a medical student. So is the journey through medical school, it is but a fraction of what lies ahead in your medical career. Stay optimistic!

13. Quitting is not an option. 

“I’m fully aware of how rigorous medical school is, that prepares me to face any challenge during the course of study.” says Adarju, a medical student, who is also a spoken word artiste and a public speaker. Like the famous expression, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

14. Cultivate healthy friendships.

Keeping the right company in medical school not only improves your emotional wellbeing, it also strengthens your focus. Seek like-minded friends who have a similar passion for the journey. They will not only ask to hang out with you for pizza, they will also suggest sleepovers where you can study together for your next Pathology test.

15. Find what works for you and make it work.

“I studied myself, I’m a lecture kind-of-person, I learn more in class than when studying by myself. So I attended more lectures and studied minimally.” says Dr. Popoola.

16. Remember why you started.

For some it was the admiration for the likes of famous Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, while for others it was simply a deep-seated desire to make a significant difference in their community. Whatever your motive was for applying to medical school, don’t allow the pressure from the workload to kill your dream.


Read Ben Carson’s story here.

17. Expectations from Friends and Family.

When you have a great relationship with those who believe in your dreams and want you to excel, not only does their flow of support (whether through uplifting words, cash or gifts) boost your morale; you also do not want to let them down, which motivates you to even go the extra mile. Your support network can be your greatest cheerleaders while in medical school, and also for a lifetime. “There’s no one in this world who believed in me like my mum did, even when I didn’t believe in myself or my performance in tests or exams. She was just exceptional.” says Dr. Tamie.

18. Eat healthy. 

It’s no news that a lot of medical students barely have enough time to grab a cup of coffee, before they hit the ground running; And because of their fast-paced schedule, they mostly survive on fast food and energy drinks. The truth however, is that it takes a healthy medical student to become a healthy medical doctor, and a balanced diet not only increases your physical stamina, it also enhances your mental capacity.

You can read: 6 TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY ON A MED STUDENT BUDGET

19. Focus on becoming competent rather than just getting good grades. 

While good grades are important for you to graduate from medical school, you need more than good grades to become a competent doctor. So don’t be depressed because your grades are not so impressive, just keep working hard to become the doctor of your dreams.


20. Listen to podcasts.

Whether you’re interested in purely medical podcasts like EM Basic or you prefer a wider variety of topics such as TEDTalks, listening to podcasts is a good way to keep your motivation coming.

I hope these tips are helpful.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::

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50 Practical Ways To Stay Motivated In Medical School (Part 1)

All medical students need encouragement from time to time; And staying motivated through the rigors of medical school is in itself a challenge.

From my experience and those of other past and present medical students, here are some practical ways to keep the motivation coming through medical school, which I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.

1. Discover yourself.

As a medical student, you’ve likely spent most of your life in a school environment (Elementary to College); now is the time to not just focus on your schoolwork alone, but also learn about yourself- your purpose, your values and your principles. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find out.

2. Learn new skills

Medical school opens a world of other interests to you, where you can develop new skills like writing, photography, baking, video editing, or music; plus the Internet offers you great DIY resources.

3. Take online courses.

It is true that you’ve chosen the career path of medicine, but there’s so much you can learn about other fields like the arts, humanities, social sciences or technology. There are a variety of free courses online that you can look into.

Try some courses for free here: Edx.org

4. Avoid negative self-talk.

There’s enough stress to handle already with the overwhelming work load in medical school and sometimes discouraging grades. It gets worse with putting extra pressure on yourself and criticizing every mistake you make.

5. Volunteer.

Volunteering especially for medical causes (health fairs, blood drives, health awareness campaigns etc) is a good way to feel invaluable while giving back to your community. You don’t have to wait until you graduate before you find some meaning in the medical path.

6. Listen to good music.

Good music is like therapy for your soul. You’ll have some low output days, and rather than allow yourself to sink into depression, why not listen to some cool beats with amazing lyrics? Music is a great tool for internal motivation.

Listen to this inspiring song: I’m a Winner(MTN Project Fame version)

7. Watch Medical Shows.

Medical shows are not only a (fairly good) source of medical information (think terminologies, procedures and diagnosis) and humor, they also fuel your passion for medicine. Grey’s Anatomy, House and Chicago med are a few of them.

8. Start your own business.

Even as a medical student you can become an entrepreneur; apart from the financial renumeration, it also gives you a sense of self-worth and personal satisfaction.

Cake by ADESUWA (A 3rd year medical student)

9. Keep a journal.

Having a journal helps to boost your morale when you reflect on how you overcame a previously challenging time; it also helps you to keep an account of your journey which will be relevant in sharing your experiences in future.

Read: Chronicles of a Student-Doctor (A medical school journal)

10. Keep the end in mind

 “For me it was mostly the thought of being a good doctor (that kept me motivated) says Dr. Johnson, “I was always like someone’s life is going to be in my hands one day and I sure want to be able to save…I don’t want to be the doctor that doesn’t know what she’s doing.”


I hope you find some of the tips helpful, you can let me know some other ways you stay(ed) motivated in medical school.

Cheers,

:::requ1ne:::

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PS– If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy:

– 7 Strategies for studying in medical school

– 5 Tips to reduce stress in medical school

– 7 Lessons from medical school

5 Tips to reduce stress in medical school

It’s no news that scaling through medical school is challenging. Learning how to manage the stress that comes with it, is therefore a necessity.

Like I shared in an older post, a minimal level of stress, called EUSTRESS, is required for proper functioning in everyday life. When it becomes overwhelming however, it is known as DISTRESS which is counterproductive.

In this post, I have shared some tips that worked for me in managing stress as a medical student. I hope you find them helpful. 

1. Start each day with a plan
As a medical student, I usually planned my day using both a to-do-list and a schedule.

 A schedule is like a customized calendar that highlights specific activities for each day, especially those that demand a big chunk of your time (Eg Mondays for shopping, Tuesdays for taking out trash, Wednesdays for laundry, Thursdays for cooking, Fridays for blogging and so on)

A schedule helps you to manage your tasks, so that you can have sufficient time to get each one done, without neglecting others.
A to-do-list helps you to manage your time, so you get to maximize your day and account for every important activity. 

A To-do-list on the other hand, is like a reminder, that lists out everything you want to get done before the day ends. It’s important that you do not overload your To-do-list. As a rule I don’t put more than 10 goals to accomplish on my To-do-list everyday. 
Both are important to monitor your daily productivity, stay balanced and avoid crashing. To maximize them however, you need to apply the priority scale principle. 

(PS: Check this blogpost for what a priority scale is and how to use it).

2. Practice healthy habits

It is true that you become whatever you’re becoming. Work at becoming a healthy doctor. Don’t just preach it, practice it!

You know the rules.

Sleep well. Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid alcohol. Drink enough water. Shun illicit drugs. Don’t indulge in unsafe sex.

They are quite simple really. But you’d be surprised at how many medical students break most or all of them.

The work is demanding enough, so you can’t afford to break down, not if you can help it.

Learn to take care of your body, so that your body can take care of you.

One simple advice, have your breakfast everyday!!! It’s a great way to avoid energy drain especially during ward rounds.

3. Make time for me-time



In other words, learn to unwind, relax and rejuvenate so that you don’t burn-out.

And if possible, have a “No-Studying Policy” for at least one day in a week. Sundays are perfect! Just take time off to take care of you.

You might like to stay indoors and get refreshed. For instance, I found out that taking a couple of hours at the beginning of the month to have a retreat was spiritually uplifting.
Or maybe you prefer the company of friends, think indoor games, movie nights, beach outings or even a boat cruise! 


And if you’re several miles away from home (like I was), hanging out with your homeys on phone or skype, will go a long way to relieve any tension you might have accumulated over some days. Having your support network (friends and family) around and allowing them to pamper you for a while, when you’re having a bad day is always a blessing. 

4. Attitude is everything

In this path you have chosen, there will be some tough times but you must learn to hang in there.

Learn the 3As of keeping a great attitude: Accept. Adjust. Adapt.

Accept the things you can’t change, adjust the way you respond to challenges and adapt by doing the best you can.

Your motivation is your responsibility. Find out what works for you and use it to your advantage.

As a medical student, I started a blog, practiced meditation and yoga, subscribed to podcasts/blogs, improved on my culinary skills, and read a lot of novels and other non-medical books. There’s an endless list of what you can do too.

5. Take one day at a time.
I can’t over emphasize this part. It’s understandable to think about what’s next after medical school, licensing exams, areas of specialization, and what not. If taken to the extreme however, it does more harm than good. Whenever you find yourself getting overwhelmed, try to declutter your mind and focus on what is right ahead of you – the next class, the next test, the next semester or the next clinical rotation.

Thank you for reading,

If you’ve enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these:

7 Strategies for studying in medical school

7 Lessons from medical school

 Best wishes,
:::requ1ne:::
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7 STRATEGIES FOR STUDYING IN MEDICAL SCHOOL

Hey guys,

I have received lots of encouraging feedback about this post where I shared some important lessons from my medical school journey.
As a follow up, I have put together few tips that helped during my medical school days. I hope my blog readers who are medical students will benefit greatly.

These are strategies that worked for me and they are quite simple to apply:

1. Have a study schedule
I can’t overemphasize this. This is the most important studying strategy to use. Having a schedule helps you to know
– WHAT you want to study
– WHEN you want to study and
– HOW LONG you need/have to study

2. Start with what you know
I like to ask myself what I know about a particular topic before studying it.
For instance before you study about Bacteria, try to brainstorm on what you remember from your high school Biology or premed Microbiology, then continue from there.
Ask yourself these:
– Have I heard of this topic before?
– What do I remember about it?



3. Make use of multiple resources
This was a major strategy that helped during my clinical rotations. By multiple resources, I mean videos, textbooks, Q banks, lecture notes and even study groups. 

For instance, you can start by watching a video on Burns, then read it up in a textbook, then revise what you have in your lecture notes, and finally discuss it with your study group colleagues. 
The more channels you have carrying the same information into your brain, the more likely you are to retain the info.

4. Test yourself
This is another very important tip. There’s no point studying for hours, if you can’t answer a few questions in between.
It’s a good habit to jot down some questions for you to answer when you’re done studying a topic or better still make use of practice questions.

Testing yourself helps you to differentiate what you actually know from what you think you know. 

5. Maximize your non-studying hours
This is one of the simplest strategies you can apply. Whether you’re taking a shower, doing some laundry, or sitting in the hospital lobby, you can task your brain with simple actions like recalling the definition of diarrhea or listing the ABCs of ER resuscitation.


6. Attend classes/seminars/rounds
I’ve come across lots of medical students who skip classes as tests/exams approach, claiming that they need more hours to study. In my opinion, that’s not always the best choice to make.
Medical school is about self discipline, there are a lot of other things you can cutback on while preparing for an exam eg TV, Sleep and Social media.
As much as possible try to attend those few classes preceding your exam, you might be fortunate to get one or two tips that will be of help later on.

7. Make it real
One way to add fun to your studying is to make it as real as possible, in your everyday experiences.

Practical application of medical knowledge is the most authentic way of making it stick.

While in medical school, I used to tease my flatmates (also medical students) about food poisoning by Bacillus Cereus and other organisms, when leftovers were not properly kept.
There are pockets of opportunities to apply any new knowledge you’ve attained on a daily basis.

PS:
I know it’s a real struggle for many medical students to find the balance between knowing enough to pass and knowing enough to practice.

The truth is if you don’t know enough to pass your exams in the first place, you can’t move to the next semester, and then you won’t be able to graduate as a medical doctor.

You may find yourself debating on whether to learn about all the facial muscles, their origin/insertion as well as their blood supply/drainage, or to just focus on the few important ones that might come out during your exam.
My advice is that for now, you should focus on knowing enough to pass from the level you are in, unto the next. With diligence and focus, you will build up on what you already know while you gain newer knowledge.

Most importantly, ask God for wisdom and direction as you study. Should any of the above strategies fail, don’t stop PRAYING. 

I hope these tips help.
Thanks for reading,


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DAY 23: NEVER SAY NEVER!

Welcome back!

I had an interesting dream last night. In the dream, I was telling a friend about my favorite teachers in medical school and I began to recount some of the “unforgettable” things I learnt from them.

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My Pathology lecturer was one of the incredible teachers I had and he laid the foundation for most of what I learnt during my clinical postings.
“Never say never in medicine” was a favorite quote of his.

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I remember the long hours of classes trying to wrap my head around the pathophysiology of several diseases. There was also always one quiz or the other to prepare for. It was TOUGH.
Some days, I felt so overwhelmed that I was tempted to quit, but thank God for victory, I scaled through.

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Today, I’m thankful for all MY TEACHERS; Everyone who has diligently contributed to shaping and molding me into the person I am today.

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From my days in kindergarten through elementary school, to secondary school, University and then Medical school.

I’m especially thankful for the ones that believed in me enough to challenge me to sit up, when I wasn’t putting in my best. My Neuroanatomy lecturer, was one of such.
I recall being called into his office after a particular exam (where I’d performed below the passing grade), and he was like “What’s wrong with you? You’re better than this.” After fighting back tears, I left with a resolve to do better. Neuroanatomy was one of my best scores at the end of that semester.

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Thank God for the teachers who toil day and night, to prepare lesson plans, set questions and grade papers. Without their commitments, learning would at best be coincidental.

A Teacher can affect lives on three levels:
1. Through the power of Inspiration.
2. Through the power of Influence.
3. Through the power of Impact.

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A Teacher is one of God’s best gifts to humanity. Where teachers exist, knowledge cannot be extinct.

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God bless our TEACHERS.

What are you thankful for today?

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Stay fervent,
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DAY 13: TGIM!!!

Welcome back,
It’s the start of another working week.

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And I hope you’re EXCITED.

For a lot of people, Mondays are dreaded…it marks the beginning of another stressful week.


Most folks are like, “can I have an extra day to just chill, please?”



Haha
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To be honest, I get that feeling sometimes too.

But today I’m thankful for Mondays and for every day I get to make a difference.

Because what I do matters and sometimes I forget that.

It’s easy to feel pretty overwhelmed by the sheer pressure and stress of work that I’m not mindful about how I’m making the world a better place.

Medicine to me, is more than a Profession,
It’s a Passion to see people live whole, mentally, socially and physically.

The Hippocratic Oath

For me having a medical degree is a Privilege I do not take for granted, and it’s humbling when patients listen to me as I share my medical knowledge with them.

I know I’m no genius, I’m who I am by God’s grace. 

Ultimately, it is God who heals.

I’m especially grateful because what was once a dream, is today a reality.

God brought me from here,

That tiny girl with a timid face
To this point…

The confident doctor with a cute smile


He makes dreams come through. 


I may not always feel like it but I’m committed to not just the Hippocratic oath but God’s word:

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

I’ve been given a trust and I must prove faithful. So help me God.

Again, thank God for Mondays.

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In whatever job you do, don’t just leave with a paycheck, leave a legacy.

  • Be Passionate
  • Be Proactive 
  • Be Productive 


For you trusting God for that dream-job or the next phase of your career, don’t stop believing, don’t stop persevering…

And if you already have that dream job, remember you’re there to make a difference. 

So keep your dreams alive, the world needs it.

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What are you thankful for today?

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Stay fervent,
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7 LESSONS FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to share with you the top 7 lessons I picked from my journey through med school. The lessons are not just specific for medical students though, anyone can apply them to any phase of life they are in.

1. DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT.

Have you ever asked yourself “what do I want out of medical school?”

It’s not enough to have the desire to become a doctor. You have to know why.

For some, it’s the admiration for famous Doctors like Ben Carson, and for others it’s the motivation to contribute to the cause of humanity e.g. finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Whether your purpose for deciding to become a doctor is simply PASSION or PRESTIGE, or a combination of both, take some time to reflect upon it, and know if your goal is worth the effort. Trust me, you’ll need this at some point in your journey. 

2. DISCOVER YOURSELF.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Are you a morning or a night person? What motivates you? What distracts you? These are questions you have to answer. Self discovery is one of the most reliable tools for success. As important as it is to learn from people’s experiences, there isn’t much room for trial and error in med school. So discover what works for you early and go for it.  


3. GET HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.

No student should be an island. The med school curriculum can be tough. It’s ok if you don’t understand a particular concept in Biochemistry or you find it difficult to set an IV line. You’re not alone. 

That’s why you have your colleagues and seniors. Most of them are ready to help you because they were likely in your shoes at some point too. 

Ask until you understand the what, why and how of your question.

You’re in school to learn and that’s exactly what you should be doing at every opportunity you find. 

Ignorance is sometimes pardonable but arrogance is not. Don’t allow your ego to rob you of your dream.

4. ENJOY THE LIFE OUTSIDE THE BOOKS.


My Biochemistry Lecturer quoted this phrase almost after every Friday class. The point is Med school can be all-consuming and is very time-demanding, but it’s still the most flexible period you’ll get, compared to other phases in your medical career i.e. Internship and Residency.  

Be careful not to trade what’s IMPORTANT to you, for what is URGENT.

Don’t miss out on ALL other interests because of medical school, you may never have some opportunities again.  

The key is BALANCE. 

5. RUN IN YOUR OWN LANE.

In med school, you’ll meet some high-flying students. Since it’s typically a gathering of the best among the rest, be careful that you don’t get intimidated by other people’s accomplishments. Whether in the classroom or on the ward, there will likely be students that perform better than you. The key is to focus on your journey and not theirs. You are not sure of their destination. 

6. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF.

Success is a PERSONAL affair but self-criticism paralyses. 

That you’re not seeing results doesn’t mean you’re not putting in efforts, maybe you just need more time than others to get it right. Patience is the key to facing the challenges you will encounter. 

One of the factors that motivated me during med school was seeing myself doing things I had challenges with initially. I’ve learnt how to be patient with myself over time as I learn new things.

7. YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR GRADES. 

This is so IMPORTANT. Unless you’ve got the genius gene, chances are you’ll face some discouraging bumps in your grades, despite your best efforts sometimes. Don’t let that stop you from reaching the goal. I had some really depressing scores a couple of times, but I had to keep going by faith.

 Failure is just a bend, it is not the end of the road. Keep moving!

One of my favorite mantras was: “WITH GOD, MEDICAL SCHOOL IS DOABLE.”
And Glory to God, I conquered it.


I hope these tips help.

Thank you for reading!

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PATHOLOGY 101

Pathology Quiz Review

-15 minutes into the class-

Me: (hungry, cold, tired and sleepy)

Professor: So question 24, Eunice…what do you think is the right answer?

Me: I think it’s option E.

Professor: (looks at me intently). E? Uterine Fibroid? Why did you say that? 

Me: Well, the woman in question is an African American.

Professor: You have a point but check the vignette again. There’s something that does not add up. She’s black, she’s 54, but she doesn’t have menorrhagia. That’s high yield. I’ve told you before; African American, middle aged woman with Dysmenorrhea and Metrorrhagia, think Endometriosis. Although it’s more common in white women and you should also know that…

*Professor’s voice fades*

Me: (doodles mindlessly on notebook) 

Professor: Next question, Kamsika. What kind of Ovarian tumor do you commonly see in women of reproductive age?

Me: *thinking* Just in case (flips notebook open to Ovarian Tumor types)

40 minutes later

Professor: 5 minutes break!

Me: Yessssssssss!!!!! (First to exit the class).

(PS: Dedicated to my Pathology lecturer, who was far more interested in teaching, than I was sometimes interested in learning. Thank you for teaching, encouraging, and yabbing* us, when needed. Medical school wouldn’t have been as much fun without your role).

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So last week (October 5th) was World Teacher’s day, and I’m using this medium to appreciate all my Teachers from Kindergarten, through Primary school, Secondary school, University and Medical School. Each of them contributed in making me who I am today. And I’m grateful to a remarkable few whose impart cannot be overlooked. They were the Giants on whose shoulders I stood.

I had the opportunity to teach Basic Science to Secondary School Students, during my service year (NYSC), and a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work was required at the minimum.

Thank you to all the wonderful Teachers across the globe, for preparing us for the future!

God bless you.


*yab (slang): To verbally strike a blow at someone, typically an indirect insult.

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Chronicles of a Student-Doctor #9

CHAPTER 9: INTERNAL MEDICINE POSTING.
Welcome to the Internal Medicine department, where you learn pretty much everything you need to know for your basic practice in the medical career.

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The Internal medicine posting is quite demanding. A good student has to be on his/her toes at all times. Basic knowledge in Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology is essential.
The specialty has a number of subspecialties like Neurology, Immunology, Cardiology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Hematology, Gastroenterology, Oncology etc  


It was my most intense rotation, but I’m thankful for all I got to learn, which was a lot. To be sincere, I didn’t feel quite prepared or excited when I started.
Here’s an excerpt from my Journal the night before my FIRST day:

I’m starting Internal Medicine Tomorrow. How do I feel?

Sincerely, I don’t feel enthused. But I know I’m not supposed to be moved by how I feel. Joyce Meyer’s message this evening was really encouraging. Knowing is better than feeling.

I know who I am. I know in whom I believe. Through him I can do anything, I can do all things…cos it’s him who gives me strength. Nothing is impossible to him that believes. I know it’s time to overtake…this race is not to the SWIFT nor is this battle to the STRONG. It will be a long ride but at the end of it all, I shall testify. His favor & blessings, his goodness & mercy follow me.

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Anyway, I got used to the stress and demands of the department as needed and 12 weeks went by pretty fast. I worked in the Male Medical Unit and occasionally got to see patients on the Female ward.
There were quite a good number of cases, and numerous admissions and discharges. The mortality rate in the department was also the highest all through my clinical rotation which is quite understandable, as some of the presentations were terminal cases.

Here are some of the conditions I saw:
Ø Autoimmune conditions like Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE).
Ø Endocrine conditions like Diabetes Mellitus.
Ø Gastrointestinal conditions like Gastritis, Gastroenteritis, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Ø Heart-related conditions like Congestive Cardiac Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, Hypertensive Urgency, Stable Angina, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction, Complete Heart Block.
Ø Hematologic conditions like Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).
Ø Kidney conditions like Acute Kidney Disease, Chronic Renal Failure.
Ø Liver conditions like Hepatorenal Syndrome, Liver Cirrhosis, Leptospirosis.
Ø Musculoskeletal conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Ø Neurology conditions like Headaches, Seizure disorders, Cerebrovascular Accidents (Stroke), Transient Ischemic Attacks, Bell’s Palsy.
Ø Respiratory conditions like Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation, Exacerbation of Bronchial Asthma, Bronchopneumonia.
 
Other presentations include: Suicide attempts secondary to poisoning, Delirium Tremens, Major Depressive Disorder, Deep Venous Thrombosis.

Outpatient clinics were for Mondays, Journal club for Wednesday mornings and Continuing Medical Education on Wednesday afternoons.
My Preceptor, the Registrar, Medical officers and Interns I worked with were on point and did their best to show my colleagues and I the ropes.

Here are some typical activities I engaged in during those 12 weeks:

  • Ward rounds.


  • Bedside drills.
  • Patient reviews.
  • Case presentations.
  • History taking & Physical Examination.


  • Writing discharge notes.
  • Semi-calls (where I stayed till evening with interns to help admit patients and run errands. I never did an all-night call *smiley*)
  • Assisted with Bedside procedures like IV line-setting, blood draw, urinary catheterization, EKG etc.

On the day I completed Internal Medicine, I put up this Facebook post:

I find my Preceptor’s words on how to be a sound medical student very useful:

· Read,

· Retain,

· Recall.

My Study Recommendations:

· Kochar’s Clinical Medicine for Students (easy-to-read & concise)

· First Aid Q & A

· Case files Internal Medicine

· First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards

· Harrison’s Principles of Internal medicine

(I used soft copies of all the books, so you can search for and download them online).

And of course, Paul Bolin’s YouTube videos.

Here are some free medical applications you can check out too:

· MEDSCAPE (my BFF)

· Clinical Skills

· Differential Diagnosis

· Clinical Sense

· Figure 1

 
On the choice of specialty, I’ve noticed that Internal Medicine seems to be the most likely from my interactions with a good number of my colleagues. Personally though, I feel Internal Medicine seems to be a vast world of its own and apart from taking an interest in a particular subspecialty, it would be way too demanding. On that note, I’d rather take on a more streamlined specialty.
That said, a BIG UPS to all the doctors working in the Internal Medicine specialty, they make a good bulk of the medical career and without them there’d be nothing like Medicine.

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Chronicles of a Student-Doctor #8

CHAPTER 8: ORTHOPEDIC POSTING

 
Welcome to the Orthopedics clinic.

Orthopedics is a specialty of medicine concerned with the diagnosis, correction, management as well as prevention of musculoskeletal deformities.

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So have you ever wondered what Orthopedic surgeons actually do? Take a look at this Wikipedia article.
One thing I can tell you though is that contrary to popular opinion, Orthopedic doctors only fix bones, they do not break them. Hence limb amputations are usually left for the general surgeons.

During my posting, we managed conditions involving the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and associated nerves.

Our outpatient clinics were held on Mondays and Fridays, and surgical procedures were held on Thursdays.
Most of our patients presented with fractures of either the upper or lower limbs. We did lots of limb casting for benign fractures (or bone displacement) and open/closed reduction with internal/external fixation for more traumatic ones.

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Image: LIMB CASTING 

I found the placement of the limb casts quite fascinating and learnt a thing or two about the procedure.
We also saw cases like Osteomyelitis, Congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot), Sciatica, Slipped capital femoral epiphysis, Epicondylitis, Ganglion cyst, Bunions, Blount disease, Osteoarthritis etc




Another fascinating procedure I observed was the management of clubfoot in pediatric patients using the PONSETI METHOD: serial limb castings followed by the placement of Denis brown splint.

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The team worked closely with the Physiotherapy department and our patients were referred to them from time to time.


Image: A physiotherapist at work
During ward rounds and clinics, we reviewed lots of patient’s X-rays and I learnt how to classify the different types of fractures as well as methods for their management.

Image: limb fracture

A good knowledge of upper/lower limbs anatomy was needed for the posting and I spent a considerable amount of time going over stuffs I’d learnt in my first year of medical school.

I found Paul Bolin’s Orthopedic videos on YouTube very helpful too and I highly recommend it.

He also has videos in some other specialties (General Surgery, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology etc) as well.

Another highlight of the posting was that my friend was in the unit too. And having him around meant work was sandwiched with lots of FUN. I’ve written about him previously here and here.

#ZOE
#TeamOrtho
The remaining members of the team were quite helpful too. I had a remarkable experience overall.

Selfie on FLEEK…

So to my favorite part, would I consider a career in Orthopedic surgery? Hardly. The thought of the long hours in the theatre as well as the Manpower required is a NO for me.
Anyway, a big SHOUT OUT to the big guys in Orthopedics department! You guys do a great job.
Another humor..

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PS: Guess who aced her final exam? Yours sincerely. I’m so thankful at the moment. I can’t express my gratitude enough. The sleepless nights and endless studying was eventually worth it. Oghene doh! (Lord Thank You).



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