The Intern Blues

By Dr Robert Marion is a mere diary consisting of complaints after complaints about the hardships an Intern goes through on a daily basis for 12 months. The author, Robert Marion is a professor of paediatrics, obstetrics, and gynaecology. He acts as the narrator  on a seldom basis throughout the book allowing the three interns to interject and take control of the narration as they describe their day and the strenuous sleepless nights they dread but must endure.

Tales of the three interns may appear pessimistic as they accept the deaths of patients, map out the outline of various wards, clinics, and hospitals whilst delving into the countless rotations, the argumentative nurses, and overall the emotional and physical demands required from a doctor all during the residency programme. I didn’t appreciate how their accounts were told due to the depressive attitude repeated by all three interns in every entry posed. The interns can’t wait to get ‘rid’ of some patients they see. Nevertheless It’s an accurate representation of what medicine really entails more so the life of a resident in America. Hence I took it as an informative journal from each of the interns. Medical terms found throughout are explained in terms of definition and that’s one thing that I like, being able to understand and add to my vocabulary terms that are relevant in the field.

I haven’t read much into the book. I feel that I am getting the gist of the forthcoming entries way too soon. I guess one can only hope it gets better. I’m trying to read during this summer break to broaden my view on medicine as well as learning about the field. One of my favourite author with respect to medicine and surgery is the surgeon Atul Gawande. I highly recommend his books, especially the ‘Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science’ which is just gripping. The clear writing format  is free from any medical jargon, making it understandable for readers that are not practising or studying medicine.

Before I sign out, I must admit I am new to blogging and will try my very best to post weekly. If my posts are quite boring – as it is the summer break, I’m always open to suggestions and recommendations of any reads that I could review on.

Catch you next time!

-D x

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “if you believe, all things are possible to him who believes.

Well, this is a first.

 Exams are over! I’ve just completed my first year of university and it’s definitely been a fast year. I am currently reading Biomedical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London and hope to enter Graduate Medicine in the near future. I must admit, I’m pretty new to this and have no idea on where to begin. Here’s how my first semester panned out.

I wouldn’t say I’ve had a great, productive start to my first semester but a more laid back term. I went out quite a few times to restaurants – not great because that’s basically my student loan gone after three months and just chilled with my flatmates the majority of the time. Around reading week we were told that we should be reading about 1200 hours outside lecture time, that’s something I definitely wasn’t hitting. Got to around Christmas time when I realised I was behind on lecture notes. I decided to use the break to catch on most of the lectures and I did. It was pretty sickening and exhausting.

So I devised a new game plan; make lectures notes immediately after every lecture – okay so after like a 2 hour break/nap. Go to the library around 6pm and stay till midnight. Start coursework as soon as you get it and go to all lectures. Great. After a few weeks, 5 hour lab session just threw me off and library sessions basically lasted for approx. 4 hours. But it’s much better, right? Second semester was less demanding and I played catch up with lectures from both semesters. It was alright. We got a break and exams were to start in a month. Somehow, by the grace of God I managed to sit all 8 exams although I made the fatal mistake of cramming a year’s worth of information into a couple of weeks and maybe a matter of days just before the exam. I guess I’m to blame, but all in all it’s been a learning curve.

Next year will be different!

-D x

Mark 11 verse 22-24 ‘ So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’.