Dear Zachary

A couple of weeks ago, during consult psych rounds, in the middle of a discussion on when psychiatrists had a duty to report mental illnesses in other medical professionals – a very interesting conversation, I should mention – one of my preceptors mentioned that she’d been a classmate of “that murder suicide.” Now, I’m not…

Psychiatry 

There’s this memory I’ve found stuck in my head lately. I’m 18, 19, perhaps 20. I’ve been let into a locked ward at a mental hospital, still in my work clothes; a skirt I’d never wear now, all long cotton pleats and a yellow and black and white geometric patterned shirt I think I might…

Post OBs NBME

So, I hate the NBME. I think I’ve mentioned it once or twice, but it bears repeating; I loathe the NBME. I think it’s an exhausting, terrible exam. After my peds NBME I was so physically depleated that I was unable to finish my brunch and had to lay down and sleep. And that was…

Do what you love

People come into medical school one of two ways; they’ve got some type of medicine they think they really want to practice and med school is either going to prove them right or wrong, or they come in having no idea and are there to figure it out. I’m in the former group.  Picture this;…

The sick patient

Family medicine clinic is somewhat…buffering, as clerk. It’s certainly not as safe as when you are truly an inexperienced first or second year – the understood observer – but still, there is an aspect of safety to it all. The doctor takes the patients with the scary conditions; the cancer diagnosis, the manic depressive having…

2 down and a road trip!

So, I’ve finished two rotations of my core clerkship! Now, I don’t have the marks back yet, but I had my NBME for peds this past Friday and although it was still brutal, I did find it less terrible than surgery, which is something I suppose. And I had enough time to review this time…

Getting back on the horse vs waiting to be ready

So, I bought a thing. Now, I’m 26 and this is my first car…but it’s also really my first time as a full time driver. Let me explain. So, story time.  In Canada, you can get a learner’s permit to drive at the age of 16, and then get a license that has a grading…

So. That happened.

President Elect Donald Trump. So, that happened. I’m a Canadian, but I feel like I need to say something because let’s be absolutely real, the financial crisis of 2008 taught us nothing if not, what happens in the USA affects the whole world. And the USA just elected Donald Trump as president. I found watching…

Ok for reals guys let’s give this another go ;)

Well, my ambition to be on this blog more often certainly…stumbled a bit, shall we say.  The hours with surgery played a role in this, as did my Mac glitching out and being in for repair (I hate blogging on my phone) but honestly, my absence had a name, and that name was thus; NBME….

Falling down the clerkship habit hole

So, if it seems that I disappeared down a hole into the dark abyss this last month, it’s only because I have. I’m just starting my 5th (out of 8) week of my surgical rotation, and my 2nd week of my general surgery rotation, having already actually completed my ortho surgery rotation…and no, even if…

It begins…clerkship days 1 and 2

So, like it says on the tin, clerkship has begun; the orthopaedic surgery part of my 2 month surgery rotation, to be exact. Throw back! I was going to make a post yesterday about my first day of clerkship, but given that ortho started at 7am and I was coming off a distinctly more nocturnal…

2016 Travel Journals: Berlin

*Mea Culpa, the blogging as I traveled thing just didn’t happen given how busy I was! So these journals were written on the trip, most retrospectively, with a couple written after I landed back in Canada. This was an utterly amazing trip, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys.* So, I got…