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:::

❤️❤️❤️

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:::

❤️❤️❤️

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:::
❤️❤️❤️

MY MDCN EXPERIENCE (Part 1): GENERAL TIPS 

Hello People,
This is for the Foreign Trained Doctors who want to take the Nigerian Medical Licensing Exam conducted by the Medical And Dental Council Of Nigeria (MDCN).

(Pls note that the exam is applicable to both citizens and non-citizens of Nigeria).
Having successfully participated in the last licensing exam that took place at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), I will share a few helpful tips:


1. Resume the MDCN remedial course early and learn your ropes quickly. The earlier you get settled into the program, the easier it will be for you.
2. Know how to take the routine vital signs (BP, RR, PR) and the normal values across age groups. It’ll likely be your first test, and if you’re on point, you’ll be the BOSS.

3. Be confident and always say what you know. Silence is assumed for ignorance. Even when you’re not sure, just say something.

4. Guys, don’t forget your ties. Without it, you don’t belong on the ward. Come along with your ward coats, scrubs (preferably green if you’ll be in LUTH) and name tags too.

5. Malaria and TB are super high yield. Learn all you can about them beforehand.

6. Revise your history taking and physical examination skills ( especially CVS, RS, ABD and CNS). You’ll be glad you did.

7. Stand TALL, let no one intimidate you. Bad belle people dey Naija. They don’t really like how you went to spend “their” dollars abroad 🙄🙄

8. Don’t go solo, your colleagues will usually know something important that you don’t know.

9. If you could scale through medical school (no matter where you studied) you can survive MDCN. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Image credit: WEB

10. Pray without ceasing. It is NOT a Joke!


Cheers!
:::requ1ne:::
❤️❤️❤️

For more information about MDCN, please visit www.mdcn.gov.ng

DAY 13: TGIM!!!

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

Image credit: WEB

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.

Image credit: WEB


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.

Image credit: WEB

What are you thankful for today?

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Know anyone interested in studying medicine at an affordable price?

What’s more, they can get help in securing a scholarship. 

For details visit: www.studymedcaribbean.com 



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Stay fervent,
:::requ1ne:::

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!

:::requ1ne:::

Chronicles Of A Student-Doctor #12

CHAPTER 12: PSYCHIATRY POSTING.
And to the last of my clinical postings, welcome to the Psychiatry department.

A place of several tales, some sad, some strange and others absolutely shocking.

Psychiatry was a bitter-sweet experience for me. It was the one post I excitedly looked forward to, telling all that cared to listen that I knew what I wanted and I was determined to embrace it.


For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by mentally-challenged individuals, whether in literature or on the roadside. I often wondered how some people ended up becoming weird, homeless, unkempt or completely dysfunctional. While most people would see such individuals and turn up their nose in disgust, I would often take a second or third look at them, and imagine if they have any family or home to call their own.
Medically speaking, the factors that lead to mental (and specifically Psychiatric) impairment, can be genetic, neurologic, environmental, or a combination of these.

On the other hand, some indigenous folks (at least where I come from), believe that mentally-impaired people might actually be demon-possessed or under spells. Of course, it seems a ridiculous way to think but cultural/religious sentiments have a way of shaping our perspectives.

As a Christian, I believe that demons do exist but I also know that mental health has remarkably improved through medical care over the years.

So all through my medical school journey, I really looked forward to my Psychiatry posting.

I mean I’d liked the idea of Mental Health for years, and Clinical Psychology was one of my favorite subjects during my pre-clinicals. Even before I completed my Secondary School Education, I already had much interest in Psychology. And because I wanted to study Medicine, I decided I was going to become a Psychiatrist. Hence my fate was sealed (or so I thought), until I actually started my Psychiatry rotation.

Despite the pep talks my colleagues who had done the rotation ahead gave to me, I wasn’t prepared for my encounter on that first day…
The Mental Health institution in SVG is situated apart from the General Hospital, and is currently (temporarily) located in an area called Orange Hill, which is along the countryside.
The institution which is more of a community than a facility, gave patients the privilege of roaming the immediate neighborhood with little or no restrictions.
On my first day there, we went in to see the female patients. I was stunned to say the very least. All I saw basically was a sea of faces staring mindlessly about, with some out of touch with reality. How could anyone live this way? I wondered. I left the place all sobered up and emotionally drained.

As the days progressed into weeks, I got to know a number of the patients and their story. We followed up some of them repeatedly in the outpatient clinic and what an experience it was.

The cases we saw ranged from mild/moderate depression to cognitive impairment to acute manic episodes to chronic schizophrenia to parasuicides, and the likes. And some of their stories would always remain with me. One of such remarkable cases was that of Ms. X:

Ms. X was a known patient with Bipolar disease who was admitted to the Casualty department during an acute manic episode that was triggered by an emotional experience. I had never seen an adult throw such tantrums before. This patient was hyper, continuously jerked her limbs against the bed restraint and cussed loudly. It was quite a sight. She was later transferred to the Mental institution. Over the next few days, and after a number of medications, the patient significantly returned to baseline.

Despite the emotional circumstances, Psychiatry posting was an adventurous ride for me. I got the opportunity to travel to parts of the island I had never been to. There was a community outreach where we had to visit patients in different villages like Chateurbelair, Rose hall, Troumaca and Spring village. Those areas were on the leeward  part of the island.



We also had occasion to hold outpatient clinics in Stubbs and Georgetown which are in the windward side of the island, as well as the Prison.


My Preceptor, Dr. K. Providence, an amazing woman dealt kindly but firmly with all the patients. According to her some of the patients can become very manipulative and threaten the caregiver. The most difficult patients to deal with are usually those with criminal charges. They are prone to take the “victim stance” where they make others think they are being victimized. This was especially common among the prison inmates.

We learnt how to take Patient history, do the mini mental status exam (MMSE), PHQ-9, CAGE questionnaire, BECKS Depression inventory, and other forms of assesment. We were taught to be confident and empathic while handling difficult patients.

My colleagues were fun and supportive. The interns, nurses, social worker, counsellor and clinical psychologist made a good team to deliver care to the patients. This was important because many of the patients we saw had social issues as well e.g. Lack of employment, drug use (Marijuannna especially), alcohol abuse, lack of finances, domestic abuse, homelessness and social stigmatization.

Aside the emotional demands, Psychiatry also gave room for lots of adventure. I saw new places, met new people and learnt new things too. And I took lots of pictures too.

My paddy and I…

Studying during my Psychiatry posting was perhaps the most interesting. I used Lange Q&A (Psychiatry), PRETEST for Psychiatry, Kaplan step 2 videos and Paul Bolin’s YouTube videos for Psychiatry to study. Any material on Psychiatry with DSM V criteria updates, should serve you well.

And to the big question. Would I be interested in pursuing Psychiatry as a speciality? I like it enough in theory but I’m not sure I can handle the clinical aspect, so I honestly can’t tell yet. So fingers crossed until then…✌✌

Kudos to all the Psychiatrists out there. Thank you for making a remarkable difference in people’s lives.

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

PS: Here ends the Chronicles Of A Student-Doctor posts. I appreciate all the feedback and support I got. I hope I can share aspects of my post medical school journey with you in subsequent posts.

Chronicles of a Student-Doctor #10

CHAPTER 10: OPHTHALMOLOGY POSTING.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22 AMP)


Know your eye anatomy:


The gift of sight is one of the best gifts from the creator. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to behold the beauty in the world around us.

There are several preventable causes of blindness and visual impairment, so the need to take good care of your eyes cannot be over emphasized.

Welcome to the Ophthalmology Clinic.


Now Ophthalmology is one of the most fascinating fields of Medicine, but it takes only an insider to appreciate what really goes on in there.
The average person sees an eye doctor as the doctor that examines the eyes, and recommends eye glasses or contact lenses. But there is a lot more to what eye doctors actually do.

An Ophthalmologist
Let me quickly clarify these job descriptions:
a. Optician: A technician who is trained to design and fit lenses and frames for eye glasses, as well as contact lenses, as prescribed by an Optometrrist or Ophthalmologist. 
b. Optometrist: A healthcare professional (also known as a doctor of optometry), trained to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect certain eye abnormalities and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases.
c. Ophthalmologist: A medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist is trained to diagnose and treat all eye diseases, perform eye surgery, and prescribe and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Furthermore, some ophthalmologists decide to specialize in fields dealing with the Cornea, Retina, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neurophthalmology, or Plastic surgery.

(source: http://www.aapos.org)
 
To be honest, in my first week, a lot of the terminologies used in the clinic were pretty foreign to me. Thankfully I worked with an amazing Preceptor, Dr. Grant-Ledger, who was more than ready to put me through any question I had. In retrospect, the posting was one of my best.

The outpatient clinic ran like crazy from around 9:30 am upto 2 p.m. on some days. Then we had surgeries on Wednesdays. Unlike in most other surgical sub-specialties, we get to actually sit down during Ophthalmology procedures. 

(Photocredit: http://www.truevisionsys.com)

Thankfully, we had Fridays off.
I saw a good number of cases ranging from Blepharitis, Pterygium, Stye, Cataracts, Strabismus, Esotropia, Cellulitis, Glaucoma, Amblyopia, Conjunctivitis to Traumatic Eye injuries.

My Preceptor was super student-friendly and she allowed us to clerk patients and perform their eye exam/vision tests. It was a memorable experience in all.

SNELLEN CHART
SLIT-LAMP EXAM

Maybe it’s time to visit your eye-doctor 😅😄

(Photocredit: WEB)

I’ve frequented eye clinics more than any other clinic for the past decade, because of the myopic condition of my eyes (I wear prescription glasses). 


So there’s a big maybe as to whether I’ll like to consider Ophthalmology as a specialty. And I personally admire female Ophthalmologists. They are usually nice and easy to relate with. Aside from the nitty-gritty details of microsurgery and the long hours in the Operating Theatre, I think Ophthalmology is a field I wouldn’t mind exploring.

Ophthalmology clinic selfie…

Shoutout to all Ophthalmologists out there, thank you for the beautiful job you do. 

Cheers!

Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

The Valley of decisions.

Hello lovely Freaders! 😍😎☺️

Yeah, it’s a new word I recently learnt that combines- friends + readers.

I’m back from my short break. I had to pause blogging, and face my book (the Nigerian way of saying one is studying) for a while so I could prepare for the exam I had last Friday.

So technically speaking, I’m done with med school, whoop! whoop!! 😅🙃🤓


The feeling I have is beyond what I can adequately describe at the moment; Thankful, Excited, Relieved, Skeptical, Hopeful….it’s a whole lot of MIXED feelings.

But mehn, I gatz to TESTIFY. God is good.

(Photo-credit: WEB)
Moving on, I have to keep you up-to-date with my Medical School Journal series, and round it up very soon I hope.

Before then, let me do a little house-keeping.

It’s June and it’s being a beautiful month so far. I almost can’t believe it’s mid-year already, how awesome God is. I still remember the way 2016 started, with all the declarations, expectations, plans and so forth. It’s just like yesterday you know….

Hello, NEW YEAR!
So like I said, Everything about June has been on point:

1. The timely WORD. Philippians 4:13 [AMP].

I’m at a phase of my life where decisions must be weighed and made, because so many things are at stake.

How do I balance taking risks with caution? 

How do I balance my faith with common sense? 

How do I face the larger and unknown world by myself? 

Am I really ready for life?

2. The timely SONG. Oceans (where feet may fail).

I love the idea of having a song in my spirit at every phase of life I find myself in. This song is just it at the moment. Every single verse speaks volume to me.


You can find the lyrics to the song here.

3. Still on the book of GENESIS.

It’s been an insightful read so far. I never thought Genesis could be that deep. Currently on CHAPTER 24, the story of how Abraham’s servant found REBEKAH for Isaac. The Holyspirit helps to bring the word of God alive in my spirit. And what more, it is so timely for this phase of my life.


Thankfully, I can study the bible with the help of these two bible commentaries on my Bible study App. 

There’s nothing like being FED on the WORD and being LED by the SPIRIT of God on a daily basis. I’m still learning how to cultivate the habit of MEDITATION. I mean literally chewing on and digesting the WORD of God. There is no lack where the word abounds.

4. Listening to JOYCE MEYER‘s PODCAST series.


The teachings have been on point. I’m so loving what I’ve learnt. She recently taught on how focusing on developing Good HABITS can easily get rid of the bad ones. I was literally wowed.

 

5. Currently reading:

A. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (ANTHONY ROBBINS).

Hmmmn…I’m still not done yet, taking the book in a sip at a time.

Can’t get enough of this book…
B. THE DATING MANIFESTO (LISA ANDERSON).

Eye-opening and mind-blowing. You can’t read it and remain the same!

6. My two amazing friends’ birthdays:

I blogged about them before here and here.

June 1st:

ZOE- This brother is an AWESOME package, whether we’re prayingplaying or studying, he’s always just on point literally. Infact, I’m short of words…

http://www.brotherly.com

June 12th:

OLUWATOYIN- My friend of 6 years plus and still counting. In describing her recently, I said she turned my life around a complete 180 degrees, that’s without even trying to. She’s all of these and more:

TTenacious. When she’s DETERMINED, she’s hyper-DETERMINED! She’s a Goal-getter per excellence.

OOutstanding. God-factor ✅ Brains ✅ Fashion ✅ Personality ✅ Domestication ✅. My dear friend is a completely complete woman in Christ!

YYouthful. Energetic babe. Always singing and smiling, wining and dining…living life on the FAST & FABULOUS lane. She’s one of the reasons I appreciate non-conservative people. My friend can really be a SANGUINE like that.

IInspiring. This one is a no-brainer. From simply doing chores, to studying or singing, I love to watch my friend cos there is a lot to learn. TY challenges me to do better.

NNice. I’m not kidding, she’s at least 3 times Nicer than I am. I know cos we’ve lived together for almost 3 years. The way she cares for and relates with People is so amazing. She’s an easily likable person.

Because it’s her birthday….
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That is all for now folks.

I’ll keep trusting God for the rest of JUNE and beyond. I’ll give updates of what is happening with/around me from time to time.

Thank you for reading!

ThroughAfomaslens@gmail.com
XoXo

Requ1ne::😘

Chronicles of a Student-Doctor #5

CHAPTER 5: GENERAL SURGERY POSTING.
“How shall I begin my tale?
Of Mastectomies,
And Thyroidectomies,
Of Lumpectomies,
And Amputations,
Of Herniorrhaphies,
And Cholecystectomies,
Of Appendectomies,
And many MORE;
I hail thee great Surgeons!
Men and Women of Courage,
Standing tall among Giants,
Daring risks & defying the impossible,
Saving lives against all odds,
Giving your best for the good of all.”
-REQUINE.

SURGEONS (Photo-credit: WEB)
Welcome to the General Surgery department, where lives are saved with the aid of knives.
If you are a fan of surgical caps and masks, surgical scrubs and gowns, scrub shoes and shoe-covers;
If the thought of a serene air-conditioned room with machines beeping in the background is of any appeal to you;
If you can stand the gross sight of blood, the smell of burning flesh, the sawing of limbs, the suturing of skin, the cutting of ligaments and tendons, and many of such intense details, then you’re welcome to join us at the operating theatre.
An operating theatre simply put is a place in the hospital where surgical operations are carried out in a sterile environment.
ULTRAMODERN OPERATING THEATRE (Photo-credit: Wiki image)
The Operating theatre (OT) team typically consists of: The chief surgeon and assistant(s), the Anesthesiology team, the scrub nurses, the circulating nurses and in some cases surgical technicians.

I’m particularly impressed by the way surgical sets are arranged. The scrub nurses do a great job of keeping the sets in order throughout the surgical procedure.

(Photo-credit: WEB)

 I also like the general concept of sterility in the OT, although it seems overrated sometimes. But when it comes to the risk of a patient contracting nosocomial or iatrogenic infections, one is better safe than sorry.

Depending on the type of procedure, we spend anything from under an hour to over 3 hours in the operating theatre. All members of the team work systematically to achieve a common goal: get the patient off the surgery table and into the recovery room in stable condition. Thankfully, that is usually the case.
From the time the patient gets draped and the surgical site is prepared with an antiseptic solution, to the first incision the surgeon makes, every action is a hit from back-to-back (pun-intended).


As each procedure draws to an end, and the surgeon puts in closing stitches, he thanks every member of the team. No surgeon can successfully perform such technical procedures without the help of experienced OT staff.
During the course of most procedures, medical students are at the mercy of the surgeon(s) as we are often called upon to identify a nerve or blood vessel, or state the likely complication(s) of a procedure and so forth. It is usually mentally challenging but worth it in the long run. There are days when a member of the team says something funny and we all get a good laugh. OT humor is the best of its kind.
Monday was the delegated day for all elective cases in my team. Emergency surgeries came up as required. On surgery days, we had to be in the hospital as early as 7:00 a.m. and we’d go from the ward to the OT till late afternoon or early evening, depending on the number of cases we had.
Our outpatient clinic was on Tuesdays, where we saw new referrals and followed-up on previous patients. I found the outpatient clinics really challenging. We always seemed to have more than enough patients and standing for some 4 hours or more wasn’t exactly fun. But I was there to learn, so I learnt a lot. 

We had ward reviews from Wednesdays to Fridays, often followed by discussions, lab work, bedside procedures or other errands to run on the ward.

Surgery rounds were the best. There was ample opportunity to get involved with the management of the patients. And I had a great rapport with a number of them. I even had favorites. I usually felt pumped each morning as I stepped into the ward. I felt no pressure, sense of intimidation or dread, nor did I feel the need to impress any of my superiors. I was able to learn at my own pace and I did pretty well.


Then I related quite well with my colleagues on the team as well. The 12 weeks allotted for the posting was barely enough. 

An after wardround pose…
Library-selfie…#TeamNatural
Inside the OT…

My Preceptor, an elderly gentleman, Dr. Samuel Hazell, was quite the philosopher. His numerous stories about life and the practice of medicine were a highlight of my posting. 

Here are a few I recall:
[THE WORDS OF DR. SAMUEL HAZELL]
-Men should not only walk, they should also lead.
-A man should not just use his head to wear a hat, he should also use it to think.
-The Patient is more than a number (or case), the Patient is a Person (Flesh & Blood, Spirit & Soul), just like the doctors that treat him. Dignity should be accorded to every patient at all times.
-Doctors always profit from the misfortune of their Patients. There is no doctor without a Patient.
-God uses Doctors when he wants to remain anonymous.

(All emphasis mine).

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Surgery posting is definitely one to look forward to. It can get a bit messy or malodorous sometimes with things like wound debridement. In the end, you have that sense of fulfillment that you’re making a positive difference in your patient’s healthcare.

I don’t think I can conceive the idea of practicing as a surgeon though. My stamina would probably not carry me for the first hour of a procedure…lol.


  

Yes….GLORY TO GOD!

Shout out to all the SURGEONS (both practicing and aspiring) in the house. Thank you for loving what you do and doing what you love. God bless you all! 

GLOSSARY:
Nosocomial Infections- Hospital-acquired infections caused by viral, bacterial or fungal pathogens.
Iatrogenic Infections– Disease induced by medical treatment or diagnostic procedure.

Thanks for reading.

:::requ1ne:::