I took a 5 passage verbal exam timed, and was about to pat myself on the back when reality stuck. Verbal passages are 8 - 9 passages, which means that I got 2/3rds of a 3rd of the test done.
Geeze, it’s ONLY a 3 and a half hour test….that will determine whether I succeed in life or not.
Bad hygiene, alcoholism, and explicit sexual or racist remarks don’t phase me, but the second I see bugs crawling out of clothing I tense up.
Also, I joined a huddle of med/ pharm students and preceptors, and they all of a sudden turned to me and said, ‘Present.” I was replied, “Wait, what?” They briefed me with instructions, and I laid down a thorough social history of my patient, then proceeded to uncontrollably yawn during the everyone else presenting - whoops!
Blahhh, I secretly wanted to tell a patient to not go to clinic tomorrow, for fear that they’ll call a 5150 and have him handcuffed. I do realize that I am in no position to professionally assess this person’s mental state. To make the most of this morning, I focused on instilling positive vibes. It was 15 minutes of exchanging positive affirmations and life updates. If he does show up, well… I pray this doesn’t turn ugly.
Lately, my creativity has been been reserved for class writing assignments. Introspection is exhausting, and I’m honestly running out of things to say for future doc aspirations. Anyways, I’d thought I’d share, since I’ve been lazily reblogging. I also have a list of questions that may helpful for those who need help jumpstarting their personal statement. They might be a verbatim copy of secondary questions, so pm me if you want it.
Short essay prompt addressing the social issue within the health profession I intend to enter:
Although I cannot predict the environment or circumstances that await, I will likely cross paths with patients who deal with poverty in various forms. Through clinical exposure, the signs of poverty are sometimes easily and not so easily recognizable, and can affect individuals, as well as communities as a whole. One of the perceived responsibilities as a future doctor is to address the social issues influencing poverty, creating endless opportunities to alleviate suffering. I am inspired through stories of modern day doctors who are formal physicians by day, and scourge under bridges and alleys by night, giving boots, socks, and warmed beverages to those surviving cold winters. This simple yet widespread approach of providing accessible health care to a marginalized population is considered unconventional. However, I am drawn to simple acts that builds trust, which then streamline targeted populations into settings that can deliver effective treatment. I intend to make a career from integrating medicine and public health to come up with creative and effective solutions, wherever I end up practicing.
I was excited to get the lectures for med school classes I’ll be auditing on Tuesday, in an attempt to shadow OMS-2s preparing for rotations. That is, until I saw a pictures of bruised and beaten children for a presentation on child abuse. Chain imprints, bites, burns, fractures, and black eyes on toddlers. I thought I was braced to stomach gory content, but I didn’t expect this… -_-