Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Base Jumping

Once an outdoor junkie, always an outdoor junkie. All that is needed is the right time and the right amount of dough.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Surgical Posting


It's been almost 3 weeks since I finished medical posting.

My final assessment went well - I was asked about AEBA management and I went on a verbal diarrhoea, starting from initial management to history-taking, physical examination and investigations to further management. The key to tackling a viva voce is CONFIDENCE. And the finesse to cover up a verbal slip-up.


I'm now in surgical posting - a light posting in terms of workload made tedious by impatient bosses and TDS rounds. Plus, me being selected as the next HO leader.

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The common chief complaints are acute abdominal pain, UGIB, LGIB, lumps here and there (on the trunk, neck and head) and MVA (intraabdominal injury, traumatic pneumothorax and cerebral concussion).

So far, this posting can be summed up as half ward, quarter OT/endoscopy and quarter clinic duties.

Must've been one action-packed OT.

I'm currently placed in the female ward - there's less patients compared to the male ward (and less emergency/unstable cases) - but at the same time, I have to cover the periphery wards and night OTs.. which is still not that much work compared to medical posting. Plus, during ON shifts, I get at least 2 hours of nap time (never had that kind of luxury previously).

HO rotation is different for each department. For surgical department, the HO shifts are 3 periphery wards, 3 AM, 3 PM, 3 ON and 3 days off - for a total of 63 hours per week and 1.5 days of rest per week.
Scootering around town reveals many hidden gems.

Medical? 84-90 hours per week.

Am I missing medical posting? Heck no.


Alhamdulillah, we finally made it to this important point - the point that everyone had been waiting for for a very long time. After all the blind meanderings on an unmarked road, we have finally paved the way for USIM medical faculty.

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It's wonderful to know and read about how juniors are inspired to strive harder after seeing our graduation ceremony. Do work harder but at the same time, enjoy student life while you can. Climb mountains, join debates, find a new hobby, get married, whatever.. because the moment you enter housemanship, you're going to put 2 years of life on hold.


Speaking of hobbies, I've finally picked up my film SLRs after 6 months of abstinence. I missed the shutter sound, the mirror flap, the film advance, the anticipation of the resulting exposures and the mixture of satisfaction and disappointment when I get the developed products.

This is my preciousss.

And then, there's the editing and printing and scrapbooking. What fun!
First roll of film will be uploaded after this; keep up to date!

Here's a HTC Desire shot, edited (converted to monochrome, added grain) to get that film look. Not as satisfying as taking a film shot, but hey, it satisfies the addiction.


 Drool like Pavlov's dogs.

Looks like I won't be studying much during this posting either.