Refugee health, and lovely four letter words
So…I passed my second exam!
Honestly though, this one is mostly just a relief because I have to direct and run the filming or our interview video this Saturday for 4 hours, so I just don’t have time for a rewrite now. If I didn’t have that, I really wouldn’t mind, and I’m going to try and make sure that I schedule it so that anyone who needs the time can film first and the get out, but I need to be there the whole time, and now I can do that and give it the 100% it deserves. I haven’t mentioned the video much here, but I wrote the script, got all the props, found the director, so it’s my show, and although it’s a fun project, it will be shown at the interviews, posted online and it does represent MUN med and myself, and so I want it to make the best impression it can.
Also today we had clinical skills, and where the theme was refugee health. I’ll not lie, I didn’t know anything about refugees, and so it was a really interesting to learn about how the government takes in and categorizes refugees and the problems they face. It was more interesting though to break into our small groups and actually do a clinical interview with a real refugee and an interpreter. The translator and the language barrier meant that a lot of things got lost in translation, and it was interesting to watch the interview. I can’t talk about the patients because they were both real patients and under confidentially, but after we got to speak with them about their experiences in Canada, and the reason they left their countries. I will say that their bravery is beyond anything I can even imagine, and I’m definitely going to try to get involved in the program that MUN has to work with refugees called Gateway. They make me so thankful that I live where I do, and that I have the opportunities that I have, not just in medical school, but in life.
Sometimes, life really puts things in perspective for you.