BAM! Here it is. 100 hour weeks. 30 hour shifts. That’s what med school is supposed to be about, right? Call shifts and long hours depend on which rotation you are in. But this 2 week Obstetrics/Gynecology OR rotation (ending yesterday) was AWESOME. Operating room by day, LDR (labor and delivery) call shift by night… I … Continue reading Hat
No time for a full blog post today, but I just wanted to pass this on. Do you remember the doctor I mentioned in the post (way back) where I discussed how I decided to go back to school? I was going through a tough time and went to this amazing doctor who just listened … Continue reading Surprise – Some People Just Keep Being Awesome In Your Life
The sky above is clouded steel, a textured reflection of the dark, wet ribbon that carries me home. Together they cut a path for me through a tree world so yellow it must be painted. Somewhere beyond my sight, the sky breaks. I can’t see the beam that ricochets between steely cover and cement ribbon … Continue reading Rural Family Practice: Little Town on Stuart Lake.
I know I didn’t blog during this rotation. It’s complicated. Coming into my psychiatry rotation I kind of expected to be love-struck. I thought it would feel a bit like coming home and that I would agonize over the decision of whether to pursue family medicine or go on to a longer residency in psychiatry. … Continue reading Psych Rotation Complete!
None of my blog posts will be literary gems this year. Most will be first-drafts thrown together quickly in stolen moments – small eddies amid the rushing hours. The restrictions placed on us regarding personal details of our patients makes recording the most impactful parts of my learning difficult, but I am afraid if I write nothing … Continue reading Get Some Sleep
While preparing for the 6 week Psychiatry rotation that begins tomorrow morning, I came across this: In those who present with Schizophrenia, it is common to find areas of the brain that are less developed or degenerated. In addition, the ventricles (the space inside the brain that helps to produce and house cerebral spinal fluid) may … Continue reading Size Matters
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 … Continue reading Everything is New
Call me lucky, but my Ophthalmology preceptor (Dr. Lukaris) is the only retina surgeon in northern BC, so in addition to cataract surgery I also watched him peel a membrane off the back of the retina so thin that I couldn’t see it with my naked eyes and other very cool retina things that are … Continue reading One Week Ophthalmology Rotation – Check!
Third year is the one you hear about. Long hours, little sleep and lots of people asking you questions you don’t know how to answer. Years one and two are academic. You learn a new language (a classmate told me medical students learn an average of 20,000 new words over the course of their education). You … Continue reading On the edge (of a precipice)
In the short break between 2nd and 3rd year medical school I joined a small medical team and spent a week travelling to 4 First Nations villages in the interior of British Columbia. We travelled 1600 kilometres and slept on the shores of three of BC’s largest northern interior lakes. The small team consisted of … Continue reading Remote Medicine: First Nations Health in Northern BC