Advice for freshers (Things I wish I knew before starting university)

Irrespective of your background, university will be new to you, it’s a new environment, a new phase of life, you’ll meet people from all kinds of walks; different races, different age groups, different religions, different sexual orientations, different nationalities and such. Understand that this is suppose to be a time in your life for cultivating relationships, for growth and self-discovery.Read More »

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Finally a final year student.

There are things you absolutely look forward to going into medicine; the moment you get to tell your loved one that you’ve been accepted, your first day in class, passing your first exam, owning your first stethoscope, pair of scrubs, lab coat and obviously the day you get to wear all 3 at once. You look forward to the first time you set up a drip successfully, the first time you correctly diagnose a murmur, your first delivery, the first time you assist in theatre, the first time you save a life, the day you become a final year student and the day you graduate. There’s obviously so many other firsts but at this moment these are the ones that come to mind.Read More »

Yann-U-Mentally (My first night in Trauma)

Our Trauma rotation starts with a 13 hours weekend shift. As a clinical group we must decide amongst ourselves who’s going to cover which shift starting from 6PM on the Friday to 6PM on the Sunday. I was one of the four brave souls who had decided on covering the Saturday night. This would have been my very first exposure to trauma, ever! and my first overnight shift so I was nervous but really excited too.Read More »

The response letter (after the WAPT but before medicine)

This was the moment everything I had done built up to, this was the moment I had had multiple nightmares and dreams about. A moment I could honestly never fully anticipate a reaction to. A moment I feared almost as much as I craved. I had completed my first degree, I had applied for GEMP and successfully passed the WAPT, I had done everything I needed to do, I just kept hoping it would be enough.Read More »

The wait (After the WAPT but before medicine).

3 hours and 90 questions later the worse had past, that’s what I told myself coming out of the WAPT (Wits Additional Placement Test). I had done my part and it was time for Jesus to grab the wheel. That was actually a great mentality to have, pity it only lasted a few days. Before I knew it I couldn’t get the thought of my results and what would happen after I got them out of my head.Read More »