DAY 23: NEVER SAY NEVER!

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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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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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