Played tennis for the first time!

Mike and I went to UQ to play tennis with Xuan and Kee Ping today! The weather was quite overcast and even rained in the morning but cleared by the time we hit the courts at 9am. The courts were a little wet but nothing a squeegee couldn’t handle!

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My first time playing tennis – I was slightly dreading the experience, as sports have never been my forte. Although decent at badminton, I was at a complete loss when I first held a tennis racquet. It felt too large my hand and added an extension of length I was not familiar with.

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Luckily for me, the boys were quick to give tips and were quite encouraging with shouts of, “Good one!” when I was able to return the ball. Xuan especially, was very encouraging (“Keep in it!” “Keep moving!” “Run!”) – thanks again! Apparently, I’m not too bad for a first timer, but I think they are just trying to make me feel better. 😉

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Had a good workout, I’m sure I will be a little sore tomorrow!

Booking the court for 1.5 hours cost us around $21 with racquet rentals at $5/each. I enjoyed the experience and would be quick to play again, even invest in getting my own racquet because it would definitely be worth it!

Surgery: Groan

We are starting our 3rd rotation – Surgery, next week! I’m already scared just thinking about it.

Received the following email today:

Dear Rotation 3 Students,

Welcome to your Surgery rotation.

Your rotation commences on Monday 20th of May. You will be required to attend a 6.45am Scrub, Gown and Glove session at the RBWH before your orientation. Please report to Madonna Cameron and or Tina Boric on the 4th Floor Reception, Operating Theatres RBWH at 6.45am

6:45… in the am. My body is already crying. Thank goodness we live 5 minutes away by bus.

Oh well, have to start getting used to it! Surgery rounds (where the team will go around and see all their patients) start at 7am apparently.

On to a new adventure guys! Starting to set my alarm early (7:30am tomorrow) to lessen the shock when I will have to wake up and it’s still dark outside. 😛

MIS: Coming to an End

After an amazing 6 weeks at Prince Charles Hospital learning so much about Geriatric Medicine, my Medicine in Society rotation is coming to an end.

You would not believe how worried and anxious I was to begin working in the hospital this year. The thought of constantly feeling stupid and not knowing enough was enough to get my heart racing. Luckily I was proven wrong. Every staff member I have met at The Prince Charles Hospital has been welcoming and kind. Not only have they taught me so much, but they trusted me and provided innumerable opportunities to apply and broaden my knowledge and skills – I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

Here’s a review of what happened:

I spent my first 2 weeks in the Fractured Neck of Femur  (#NOF) Service (01/21 to 02/01). All patients in this ward had broken their hip and required surgery and rehabilitation.

Then I moved on to the Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Unit for 2 weeks (02/04 to 02/15). These patients can have any sort of health problem, and were in GEM for further rehabilitation or waiting for home services to be set up before going home.

Fifth week I spent in the Cognitive Assessment and Management (CAM) Unit (02/18 to 02/22). This ward is more long-term and all patients have some kind of dementia. CAM was an especially unique and enjoyable experience. I got to know all the patients on a personal level and it was admiring to see how the staff take care and handle patients when they are being difficult.

During my last week (02/18 to 02/22), I spent a few days with the Geriatric Referral and Liason Service (GRLS) and some days back in the CAM Unit. The GRLS team takes referrals from all different wards of the hospital to see if patients would be appropriate for transfer to the GEM unit or elsewhere. GRLS was especially beneficial because I was able to learn how referrals work and got to become more familiar with other wards in the hospital.

We now have this week off to study for our exam on Thursday! And also have to finish up our health projects. For mine, I’ve created a medical information brochure for the Fractured NOF Service. I’ve received patient/family feedback and it’s now in the final stages of editing before being submitted to the forms committee.

Overall, I’ve extremely enjoyed my Geriatric Medicine rotation. I have had so many encounters with patients, their families, and health professionals that have taught me more than any textbook could. Thank you TPCH for a wonderful experience! 🙂

Saturday Nov 10: Halfway Dinner

After a wonderful spa day with Fi, Kristen and Christine the day before – I was looking forward to our Halfway Dinner.

Mike and I were really bad at planning our attire for that evening because we were so focused on studying. I eventually decided to wear a dress I brought from home back in first year (even though it didn’t match the theme of “Summer Glamour”) because I couldn’t be bothered to spend hundreds of $$ here for a new dress.

That meant I still had to buy shoes, because I do not own a single pair of heels here. Yay, shopping, my favourite… not! So, Mike and I went shopping Saturday morning and luckily were successful! Found shoes and Mike even found a nice red tie to match my dress. We also ran into Kristen and Matt at the mall doing some last minute shopping as well 🙂

Our group decided to rent a room at the Mercure, where our dinner was being held, for a little pre-party. Everybody looked stunning!

Group shot!

Girlies

Boys being silly 🙂

PBL 25 love

James & Kim

Matt & Kristen

Mike’s sleazy ‘stache 😉

Beauties!

This is how James and Harrison actually went to dinner

Our dinner table: Matt & Kristen, James & Kim, Mike & I, Fi, Christine, JJ and Harrison

Thank you Christine for this lovely photo!

Yay, we found Roger!

❤ Fi!

With Mabel!

Mabel, Mario, Lauren, and Stacy

Roger & Chen

PBL 36! (Christine’s cam)

With the boys

Many many more pictures HERE and a few from Roger’s cam HERE

Photo #256: Halfway Dinner

November 10, 2012

Tonight was our Halfway Dinner to celebrate the end of our second year of medical school. I had a great time with this gorgeous group of people (and company of course!) – last year’s PBL 25!

Thank you James, Christine, Kristen, Fiona and Andrew for being amazing people! Love!

Photo #247: I’m a Mo Sista this Year!

November 01, 2012

Movember has launched! This year, for the first time, I’m taking part in this amazing cause to raise awareness and money to help fight prostate cancer and depression. As part of the UQ Med team, I have been asking friends and family for donations to reach a personal goal of $100 before Nov 08 – the day of my last exam. If I reach my goal, I will wear a moustache to school, to sit and write my last exam. I will also wear it for our class picture afterwards. 🙂

If you would like to help a great cause, please donate and/or spread the word! http://au.movember.com/mospace/3991941

Photo #167: Med Revue 2012

August 14, 2012

Mike, Fi, Matt and I went to the last show of Med Revue on Tuesday – great job everyone! Lovely to see so many talented people get together!

From the UQMS website:

Med Revue brings together students from all four years of medicine in a production that takes place over three nights in August.  People from all backgrounds become involved in this stage & screen spectacular, be it through acting, singing, dancing, playing instruments, constructing sets, making costumes, editing videos, controlling lighting, or making oversized condoms out of a hula-hoops and cling wrap for a ballet called sperm lake… Suffice it to say, the Revue is a lot of fun.

Whether you are a performer drawn to the limelight or a backstage crew member content with the dark, the Med Revue is for you.  An original play penned by the mad medical minds from the year gives each revue a unique theme, with past titles including “The Sound of Mucous”, “Count Docula”, and “DoctorPussy”. The play involves live music from the exceptional Med Revue band, dancers and actors from all four years, and a backstage crew who work tirelessly behind the scenes.For three nights of each year pilgrims from all around the world migrate to Brisbane to watch the unveiling of brilliance at the Schonell Theatre. The overextended high kicks of the dancers are a sight to be seen, the low notes of the tenors can’t be heard by the human ear and the acting makes Joaquin Phoenix look sane. Some like to call it the best production ever made, the more humble of us simply call it ‘Med Revue’.

Original skits performed on stage and screen supplement the play and guarantee a great night out for all.  Over the last few years the Med Revue has played to sell-out crowds of more than 1200 people in the Schonell Theatre, with all proceeds of the event going to charity.  It is an amazing production to be part of and a great way to meet fellow students in other years, so go on – get involved.