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Refugee health, and lovely four letter words

So…I passed my second exam!

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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.

6 Comments »

  1. Your blog is amazing! I am a potential pre-med student in the states and you are definitely helping me to determine if that is the path I would want to go.
    How did you know you wanted to do pre-med?

    • Thank you! My pre-med decision was really set when I was ten and I watched my sister’s birth, and knew I wanted to do that. It was like a light-blub moment for me 🙂 As for pre-med, Canada doesn’t really have those programs like the US does, so I took psych and made my electives the MCAT and core sciences, and then applied. It’s all I ever wanted to do, so I’m pretty glad I have the opportunity! I’d say, if you are unsure, do some shadowing with a doctor you know and see what it’s like, because it’s a lot of work, but if it’s what you want, it’s so worth it! Glad you’re enjoying my ramblings! 🙂

  2. Della, thanks for liking my latest poetic post! 🙂 And I’m glad you passed your second exam. Now I’m hoping (PRAYING, more like) that I’ll pass my own final exam next Friday. There’s just SO much stuff to know! And even more stuff NOT to know!
    Best wishes from an American first-year med student – Homaira

    • That cake looked so yummy, how could I not like it? 😉 And the poem was super clever 🙂 I feel you about exams – they just suck your soul and enthusiasm out! Good luck, and remember, the hard part is over because hey, at this point, they’re going to push you through! 😉 lol Seriously though, best of luck on your exams!

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