An Early Christmas Present

So… I passed my OSCE and formative SSS assessment, yay!!! Not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed by my results, but then I realised how silly and ungrateful I was being, because at least I passed, right?

Relieved that my results won’t leave me in low spirits over the holidays, because like I keep saying, Christmas is my favourite time of the year. As a Christian, it’s even more special because the birth of Jesus brought the long awaited messiah, giving us a second chance with God.

So whether or not you celebrate it/believe in Jesus, I wish you, dear reader, a very merry Christmas; I hope you have a lovely break with friends and/or family.

I leave you with my favourite hymn:


Hello From The Other Side

Goodbye, Respiratory module, and HEY, Haematology and Dermatology, a.k.a Haem and  Derm  Dead.

The end of module OSCE was okay- it wasn’t horrific or particularly great if I’m to be honest, it was just… meh. There were six stations (ABG + Oxygen prescribing, Spirometry + Peak Flow interpretation, Chest X-ray interpretation, Respiratory Examination, Consultation Skills, and Logbooks), and overall they weren’t too bad- chest x-rays though… LOL- so praying I’ve done okay!

You’d think we’d get a break after the OSCE but nope, we started our next module the day after. Our first lecture was at 10am, so at least we didn’t have a 9am start? Always good to dwell on the positives.

Our formative SSS presentation is next Wednesday; my chosen theme is Genetics, and my topic compares different haemophilia treatments to see which one causes reduced adverse effects. I have a week to get it under 7 minutes, and I haven’t even run through it once yet, so it’d probably be a good idea to get started on that…


Module 1 Placement: Week Three

When you get more sleep at night you have more energy to do things during the day, who knew?

Haha, so we’ve only been back for a week and it already feels like way more than that; only 11 more weeks till the end of term… We’re back in the hospital for two more weeks of placement before starting Module 2, and this week has definitely been the best so far (me sleeping more and not being tired all the time might have played a role in that), so much fun!

Started the week with an orthopaedic outpatient clinic on Monday, and I really should have gone through last term’s lower limb anatomy stuff before it, because the consultant I was with really grilled me. I managed to correctly answer most of his questions (phew!) but I would’ve been so much more confident if I’d gone through my notes, so that’s something to remember next time.

I was in GI theatre in the afternoon (liver surgery), and that was definitely one of the highlights of my week. I thought I would just be observing, but the surgeon told me to get scrubbed up and join them! I ended up having to scrub up three times because I touched my mask because my nose was itchy (a massive no no), and I ripped my gloves the second time. At least I got to practise scrubbing up, right? I was put on “suction duty,” but the coolest part of it all was getting to finish the closing stitches at the end. The surgeon showed me how to do it and being the chicken I am, I was like, “Me? But I can’t sew!” and he just told me to get on with it! My hands were very VERY shaky, and ofcourse I was so so nervous because they were all watching me, but I did it and it was the coolest thing ever.

And that wasn’t the only cool thing that happened this week. Other highlights included meeting a woman whose husband worked with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park during the war, getting filmed for a news segment on my medical school, my first lump/bump examination on a real patient, and I also found out that I passed last term’s formative exam, so thankful to God for that!

My formative SSS presentation was also this week; my chosen theme was health economics, and I presented on whether or not health inequality still exists in the UK. The presentation was going well, I was on a roll, nearly at the end… and then the projector stopped working. This completely threw me, ofcourse, but the examiner told me to keep going using just the computer screen. I tried to explain that I needed the projector to go through the graphs that were coming up, but she told me to carry on anyway. I went over my time limit by a minute, and guess what she said when I finished? “It would have been nice if we could have seen the graphs” …grrrrrrrr. At least it was only formative! The examiner did understand that the technical difficulties weren’t my fault, and she gave me some great feedback to improve it for the summative in May. I’m just annoyed that I was the only one who had projector problems. #standard

On the up side though, now that SSS is over I can concentrate on prepping for the OSCE next week, yay… it’s going to be a fun weekend.

(I also learnt how to change the ink in my printer today. MAJOR accomplishment for me; Printer 0-1 Tai)


Homeward Bound

Nowadays I’m tired a lot of the time, and work seems to always be on my mind. My formative exam is in two weeks, SSS deadline is in three, and I start secondary placement the week after that, so pressure is on for me to be confident in the clinical skills we’ve learnt so far, in order to be prepared for the wards. The topic I’d chosen and started for my SSS, which was on comparing the UK and US healthcare systems, was chosen by someone else, and because they got there first in submitting it to our adviser, I had to think of a whole new question. Yeah, that was #peak.

All of the above could be seen as reasons to stress/wallow/panic, but I’m feeling quite chirpy. Reading previous posts made me realise how down I was around this time last year; the weeks leading up to the end of term seemed to drag, and I was in such a ‘woe is me’/ feeling sorry for myself frame of mind.

Well that’s totally not the case this time. It’s amazing how much can change in a year, and how things that once seemed like the end of the world get better.
Yes, there’s a lot of revision and work I need to get done, but I won’t let it freak me out. As Matthew 6:34 says, ‘Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,’ so that’s exactly what I plan to do.

Anyway, I’m off home for the weekend to celebrate Abs’ (my mother’s) birthday, and excited would be an understatement 😀


Drumroll, Please

I was chilling in bed reading my Bible when I got the email. My heart was beating really fast. My hands were shaking as I opened it because here it was, the moment of truth, make or break time… would I be progressing to year 1?


… But before I share my results, a quick recap.

For anyone who hasn’t been following this blog, this year at university for me has been a foundation year. To progress to year 1 of medical school, I had to get an average of at least 75% in the science modules, which involved exams in Introductory Biology, Further Biology, Introductory Chemistry and Basic Mathematics, and 75% in the Medicine module, which involved exams on all our PBL work, as well as an assessed portfolio and a presentation based on our Student Selected Study (SSS) project.

Right. Now that we’re all caught up, back to my results. Did I do it? Keep reading.















I got firsts in my science modules and with over 75% in the medicine module, I passed!!!!!!!

As you can probably imagine, there was a lot of screaming and ‘yay-ing’ and jumping around and phonecalls made to share the good news, as well as frantic Whatsapp messages and texts and calls to find out how my friends did, so far so good!

I’m just so relieved and happy; now I can call myself a medic and not feel like a fraud because I’m going to be a proper one now! As always, I’m grateful to God because I know I definitely didn’t do this on my own; it’s by His grace that I’ve come this far so bring on year 1, YAY :).


End of Second Semester

I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! I go home tomorrow and I’m actually sad to leave because I’ve had a great term. So different from the end of last semester when I couldn’t wait to go home because I’d had enough of exams and was feeling crappy. But this isn’t a post about last term’s low happiness levels. A lot of great things have happened this semester so here are some highlights;

– My first student house! Sure, there was some drama and it’s not exactly the most extravagant house, but we have somewhere to live next year and I’m glad.

– Getting a really good mark in my SSS presentation in January. I got full marks in the online diary part of it, and I have this blog to thank for that because making this has made me more confident with blogging.

– Becoming more involved with the youth group in church and making new friends 🙂

– Becoming more involved with societies in general, and joining new ones like Rock Climbing and KAOS, where I was able to meet and befriend some great people.

– Seeing Taylor Swift in concert! LOVE her.

– Visiting my sister in Oxford, which was very very fun. Oxford is beautiful and just to make you happy Ken, I’ll say I prefer it to Cambridge.

– How can I forget dislocating my shoulder and going to A&E? TOP bant. I was definitely more accident prone this term because remember when I overdid it in athletics and couldn’t walk for a while? Gooood times…

– Modelling and performing in the KAOS fashion show. I most definitely do not have the patience to be a model but I still had a great time and we raised over £1500!

– Performing in the Glee Showcase, which was the first time I’ve sang in public on my own without my sister. It was strange but it went really well and my solo performance of Céline Dion’s That’s The Way It Is won me the award of ‘Outstanding Soprano’ in the Glee Awards. The committee also said I was a “ray of sunshine” in the society for my “constant cheerfulness,” so that was really kind of them.

– Going to the LCR in clown makeup. I regret nothing.

– Getting a lovely end of year PBL report from my tutor, who said he loved the enthusiasm I brought to sessions and he also said he enjoyed my different approach to chairing, because it was fun and I was still very efficient. I nearly cried because of how nice he was and the final grade he gave me. Yeah, I’m such a sap.

And so so much more, it’s been such a good term! One of the best things about it has been spending time with and getting closer with my flatmates, as that was one of the things I was determined to do at the start of term. So yay for perseverance and not giving up! Not everyone will want to be my friend (and that’s okay), so it’s better to make an effort for those who do, and not waste time being sad about those who don’t.

Just got back from my last lecture of the year because all I have after Easter is revision and two exams. My next lecture will be when I get into year 1, by God’s grace! It’s all getting so real now… eeeeeeeeep. I plan to start revising properly a week after I get home because I want to spend the first week catching up with friends and just doing nothing to be honest. So many people to see and I can’t wait to see them all! Exciting times ahead 🙂