Meet my track buddy, Amy. (You may recognize her as one of my roommates from our first Semester at UBC). We will travel through our third year curriculum together along with a 3rd amigo, Sarah (not pictured here). Today Amy and I wrapped up our dermatology (skin) unit in the hospital with Dr. Malpass, a plastic surgeon who serves northern BC from his office in Prince George. There are two things about the learning process that never cease to amaze me:
1) The graciousness with which the patients allow us to learn from their care.
2) The generosity of the preceptors (doctors) who slow to an excruciatingly slow pace for us while they work without ever making us feel as if the time or effort were begrudged. They are wonderful.
Today Amy and I each performed our first excision (removal of a suspicious skin lesion) and wound suture. UBC has strict policies regarding patient confidentiality and social media, so it is unlikely that I will ever post pictures of the incredible people who agree to be first suture patients (or first patients of any sort), but my heart is always full after these experiences. The patient whom we met and practised with today holds a permanent place in my memory. I can however post pictures of our preceptors, the amazing tutors who give so freely of their time and expertise ~ so please meet Dr. Malpass (pictured above). 🙂
As I learn I frequently post informational one-liners on my medical student Facebook page. Please feel free to follow it for random pieces of information I find interesting as I prepare for exams. If there is ever anything you have questions about, please feel free to ask.
Have a great week!