Shaking It Off !

Last week  Friday I bid adieu to the cardiovascular system (until exams that is) and tomorrow I begin with the Gastrointestinal system. The cardiovascular system was an amazing block and I thoroughly enjoyed it. That, however ,does not mean that it was "easy". Our ECG course could be more aptly described as a crash course. We [...]

Divine Intervention At Its Absolute Best !

I am officially a second year ! I passed ALL my exams ! Even the dreaded Pathology ! Words cannot express how grateful I am to have made it . One sixth of my journey is now complete ! My results were released yesterday afternoon and prior to that I was a bundle of nerves. [...]

The next thirty days . . .

Day 29 : Goals for the next thirty days ! Today officially marked the end of my first year. I wrote my last exam , Introduction To Clinical Medicine, this morning. The moment is rather bitter-sweet though because I have yet another week before I know whether or not  I have been promoted to second [...]

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition

Types of Medical Students : Exam Edition I have a theory , an excellent theory now that I have pondered upon it, that the true qualities of a medical student are only observable just before they are to write their year-end examinations. This is based on the observations I have made in my dynamic class [...]

Intro to Clinical Medicine : New Block !

The bluest Mondays are those that come directly after an end of block weekend. One can't help but torture themselves with images from their gloriously relaxing weekend where the minimal use of brain cells was socially acceptable. Pharmacology was depressing but I am on the route towards recovery : I am basically getting over it [...]

Death by Pharmacology

"When negative marking happens to good people" Sometimes Pharmacology just comes around and literally knocks you down . I wrote my pharmacology end of block test on Friday and it was, to state it simply,  the most awful test that I have ever had to endure! ( I can think of a whole range of [...]

The life of an off-campus student

"Don't you wish you lived on campus Lily? " - If I had a nickel ( rand) for every time someone asked me that question, I'd be able to buy myself a Jumbo box of Astros. I am part of the minority of students in my year who do not stay in residences on campus. The [...]

Back to disenchanting reality !

My week long recess has come to an abrupt end and tomorrow I will be writing the pharmacology mid-module test . It is with a heavy heart that I bid adieu to movie and series marathons , unhurried awakenings and leisurely reclination . Tomorrow I will have to readjust to the bustle of the MB,ChB [...]

Lily is my name . . . procrastination is my game.

"Hi everyone , I'm Lily and I am a procrastinator " You begin with the harmless intention of doing an activity as simple as checking your email and 2-3 hours later you find yourself reading fanfiction on tumblr. It just happens that way. I am a procrastinator. I have been one for as long as I can [...]

Mid-term Madness

Holidays and vacations are my life source. They are times during which I practice triple "R"( Rest, Relax and Recharge). When on holiday , I disengage from the person that I am on campus and I become mellow, carefree and (dare I say ) lazy. My alarm which usually goes off at 5 am is [...]

Pharmacology : A new chapter

Pathology has come to an end and I am set to embark on a brand new adventure : Pharmacology ! Pharmacology is the study of drug action . Med students are not cool enough to learn how to make drugs, so we just learn how to use them. I am really excited to study Pharmacology because my father does [...]

End Of Block Weekend !

I've done it ! I've survived six weeks of Pathology ! We wrote our end of block assessment yesterday ( it was a  nightmare -  #death by chemical pathology) and today was the practical test ( which was a lot better ). I can finally breathe ! I have 48 hours during which I do not have [...]

Cram. Pass. Forget

 I experienced acute cardiogenic shock as I scanned through the paper. My brain cells spontaneously apoptosed at the sight of question number one. A sharp pain moved  peristaltically along the length of my body, eventually settling in my abdomen. I took a deep breath and turned the page , anxious to discover what other pathological horrors lay [...]

Forever Alone Lily

When the news of my acceptance into medical school was relayed to my extensive family network, the reaction was , for the most part, excellent and incredibly supportive. My family , despite being so large, is very close and we keep in  regular contact with each other. We have numerous Whats app and Facebook groups. One [...]

Optimistic Lily

When I was in matric , my plans regarding the weekend were usually those along the lines of Katy Perry's Last Friday Night ( TGIF) because I was , as you can imagine, the resident party girl in my school.   Okay , that was a bit hyperbolic (  the use of gross exaggeration for comic [...]