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Narrated by 'Abdullah bin 'Amr,

A person asked Allah's Apostle. "What (sort of) deeds in or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" He replied, "To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know."

[Bukhari. Volume 1, Book 2, Number 27]

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

-Mark Twain

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Life As Medical Students - Part 1

Gambar hiasan semata-mata. Hehe
Yo. Peace be upon you. Happy new year everyone! ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆
Hope you guys are doing fine as always. Got yourselves new year resolutions? I got mine. Hehe. Anyway, let's go back to the post thingy. A young friend of mine actually requested for this. A curious girl who just finished her SPM and thinking of becoming a doctor. May Allah fulfill your wish sister. This post is for you and also for other students who may have thought of becoming a doctor in the future.

First, let me define or outline what I'll be telling in this post. Since life of anything or anyone is actually subjective and different for each and everyone of us, I will limit it to my own life as a medical student. So, jangan marah pulak kalau korang tengok budak-budak medic kat tempat lain tak sama macam yang Jaw tulis. However I hope it can at least give you the vision or image of medical students' life. Then, I will also limit it to Universiti Sains Malaysia medical students only simply because that is where I am currently studying. 

Kursus Doktor Perubatan boleh dikatakan antara kursus yang paling susah untuk dimasuki di mana-mana universiti di seluruh dunia. So, for those who are interested to get in, brace yourselves to fight with thousands of excellent students in order to get to those hot seats. It will not be easy brothers and sisters. Korang sendiri mesti pernah dengar kes pelajar-pelajar matrikulasi yang dapat pointer 4.0 tapi tak berjaya memasuki kursus ni. Lebih teruk lagi, ada yang tak dapat tempat dalam IPTA pun. Don't want this to happen to you? So, start from now. Pray to God that He bless you with good results in SPM because you definitely need it to enter good universities and good courses. You don't want to fail any subjects, that's the most important thing.

The core in life of every medical student is to study. Whenever, wherever, whatever, no matter how, they need to study. Serius beb. Bunyi macam melebih-lebih, tapi inilah kebenarannya. And being here in USM, only for my first year lecture notes which I didn't even print out many of them, the height when those notes are stacked are above my knees. Tinggi baq hang. Tak campur dengan buku-buku teks lagi. Bayangkan. Haha. I'm sure some of you have heard people saying,
"No need to study hard, just study smart."
Believe me, that's not sufficient in medical schools. First, it's definitely not enough for the examinations, and second, it's definitely not enough to become a doctor. Doktor merawat hidupan, bukan mesin yang sama je barang dalaman dia. For people, there are always exceptions and differences. Kalau salah rawat, pesakit mati tidak berganti kekawan.

Bila dah cakap pasal belajar, of course kena cakap jugak pasal exam. In USM, the 1st year have four exams. First, second and third selanjar, then comes the final examination a.k.a Professional Examination(Pro). To make it short, Pro, is the most important among and all these and everything learnt in the 1st year will come out in Pro. Not to mention, we have three Pro. One in 1st year, 3rd year and 5th year. For the 3rd and 5th year, all that is learnt in a year before and also the current year  will come out in the Pro. Eg: 3rd year Pro, 2nd and 3rd year thingies may be asked. Dua tahun nak kena cover beb. Just imagine, how hard it is. Oh and yeah, I forgot to tell you, failing in exam is something normal in medical school. Kat sekolah dulu bolehlah berlagak tak pernah gagal-lah, apalah, tapi kat sini, orang yang dapat semua A masa SPM, 4.0 flat masa matrik/asasi/STPM etc pun ada je yang gagal. Therefore, for those who are interested to enter medical school, be prepared to study hard and smart and also prepare yourself to accept failure
(^(エ)^)

Hoho. So, basically the theory part is settled. Practical comes next. Nak jadi doktor kan? Mestilah kena mahir dengan praktikal. I'm in 2nd year right now, and many doctors told me that for now, it's important for me to learn the history taking(kemahiran mendapatkan maklumat daripada pesakit). That's of the utmost importance right now but there are other things that I need to learn as well. Physical examinations, pathogenesis(how the disease came to be), pathophysiology(what does the disease cause to us physiologically) and a little bit of disease management. 

Then, every week, there is a clinical teaching. Which means, some of us have to clerk a patient(ambil maklumat mengenai pesakit) and present it to the doctor in charge. Macam doktor-doktor kat klinik selalu buat tu, tanya korang sakit apa, sakit kat mana, ada sesak nafas ke, allergik ke, dan apa-apa lagi yang perlu ditanyalah. That's no easy task man. Some patients are quite grumpy and short tempered so you might be scolded by them(tapi Jaw tak pernah merasa lagilah kena marah dengan pesakit. ┐( ̄ヮ ̄)┌). Some are very cooperative and makes your job easier but then comes the second hurdle, the doctor in charge. Kekadang dapat doktor yang garang, kena marah lagi, tak boleh jawab soalan, kena marah lagi, tak boleh bagi diagnosis, kena marah lagi. Marah lagi lagi dan lagi. Haha. However, most of the doctors are cool. Boleh melawak lagi dalam kelas. Memang bersyukur habis kalau dapat doktor cenggitu. Jadi, kalau berminat nak jadi doktor, bersedialah nak bersoal jawab dengan pesakit yang kenal on the spot kata mat saleh, dan bersedia jugaklah untuk dimarahi dengan doktor, pesakit, nurse, makcik cleaner etcMuahaha. ψ(`∇´)ψ


Minna(everyone), I think I should end this post right now. There are a lot more that I didn't write here about being a medical student, however I think this is sufficient. Perhaps, if someone needs more info, I'll write Life As Medical Students Part 2. Maybe? Hehe. Dah cukup panjang membebel ni. Thanks for reading everyone. (≧∇≦)/


~Jaw~

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