Friday, September 24, 2010

I am not a moron

I feel amazing today. I am on top of the world. I know medical students aren't supposed to have too much self-esteem, but I'm going to just come out and say it anyway: "I am not a moron". Man that feels good.

We had practice OSCEs on Wednesday night, which I was absolutely dreading because at our practice OSCEs earlier this year I was absolutely hopeless. I believe one station I got 6/30 for, and 5 of those marks were for empathy. This time, however, I passed most of the stations and actually did quite well. Amazing! I have learnt something!

And then the next morning we had a practice written exam. I had no expectations because I'd been concentrating so hard on panicking about the OSCE, but I even managed to do OK in that. Sure it was formative, and self-marked, but it made me feel good.

So this morning I marched into clinic, suggested Pregabalin for somebody's neuropathic pain, diagnosed lateral epicondylitis, wrote several sick certificates and sutured somebody's hand. Should I be this excited about being able to do stuff and not looking stupid? I don't care, for today, I am not a moron.

Actually ... maybe I should wait until midnight to say that. The day is still young.

Cartoon from http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Illiterate%20Moron_55117

4 comments:

puddle said...

good on you!

Anonymous said...

things that have been said to me recently
y'wow they're letting anybody into med now aren't they?'
'yeah, I worry about the quality of medical students now'
'you probably shouldn't speak'

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BreakandBlossom said...

Hi,
I love your blog...
good on you and I'm sure it'll get better
Applying for med this year and if unsuccessful next year as well.

Lulu
x

Pink Stethoscopes said...

Oh wow, your supervisors are harsh.

Lulu, cheers for the comment and good luck with med applications. A few lucky people get in on their first interview, but a lot of us had several tries ... I had four interviews before I got in :D