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June 4, 2020

I am one week and a day away until I begin my move towards the rocky mountains. Boxes have been packed, mostly with kitchen and dining ware. I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something or I have far too many things to fit into my car. My parents have decided to come along and help me move, so they will be taking a second car out. I’m a little concerned because my dad is not the safest driver in the world and I’m constantly holding on to dear life every time I’m in the car with him. 

I went to SD last weekend and I’m fortunate to be able to spend time with some friends before I leave, I won’t find another like them. But it still felt like an anticlimactic farewell and I didn’t get to see everyone. Sadness hasn’t hit me yet, maybe because I’ve gotten used to the distance living a few cities away. But this time the distance is growing wider and I’ll be living a few states away. I probably won’t feel the sadness and longing until I’m actually living there. 

One of my biggest concerns about starting medical school is the isolation. I don’t know a single soul out there. I feel like I made the big mistake of deciding to live without roommates. I assumed campus would reopen this semester and I’ll have that opportunity to make friends and meet people there. But the way the pandemic is going, I don’t see the campus reopening until maybe the end of this year. Going through a significant life change like this requires major readjustment. I have to get used to living in a new city, new state, and adjust my study habits to the medical curriculum and the overwhelming information thrown at me. It’s times like this that make social support so crucial for me…

The school recently sent out the pre-orientation training course that’s supposed to inform us about what to expect when starting medical school and give us the skills to prepare us for success. I’ve been putting it off because the thought of starting school already stresses me out, honestly I’m terrified that I won’t make it through medical school; maybe the information will be too much for me to handle, or I won’t impress my attendings during clinical rotations, or I’ll encounter a difficult patient and I wouldn’t know how react. I’m bound to encounter at least one of these, but kind of hoping that I do because at least I’ll be in a learning environment where I can improve on my mistakes. Growth doesn’t come from staying in your comfort zone. 

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These are the ECG summary notes of how to approach reading and then diagnosing conditions commonly recognised on ECG that I did back when I did cardiology. I find this stepwise approach nearly universally applicable, and a great place to begin when first learning how to interpret the waveforms. I felt like there was some mistakes on here back in the day but couldn’t spot any just now when I was going to post so if anyone sees any, please let me know!

If anyone else has notes of when the first started reading and understanding ECGs feel free to add them on to this post, and hopefully we can start a good library of intro/beginner info. Www.lifeinthefastlane.com is also a great place to start.

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Yesterday, they opened bottle stores and allowed the sale of limited alcohol for the first time in >60 days, a measure that was implemented to spare our hospitals the massive influx of patients that alcohol consumption generally leads to. MVAs. PVAs. Community assaults. Common assault. Sexual violence. 

Our numbers are so staggering, I dare you to look them up. 

Yesterday, the largest hospital on the continent saw DOUBLE the trauma patients. The province next door saw 10 MVAs that resulted in death directly linked to drunk driving. A young man was killed in a MVA in my city linked to drunk driving. 

All within the first 24 hours of alcohol sale. And this isn’t bars and clubs and shebeens back open, this is just the grocery store allowing liquor or wine in limited quantity for purchase. 

I eagerly await the data and statistics that will come out in relation to how these measures changed our health, our lives, our morbidity and mortality. 

As of now, the sale of cigarettes is still illegal. 


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16.5.20

spending a lot of time on walks thinking these days about privilege and what we can do. check yourselves and do the inner work. it’s so so important.
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I’ve always felt like my pics weren’t aesthetic enough for this community which is stupid if I think about it for 1 second. This is about progress and learning, not wasting time trying to take a pretty picture (which may come as a talent for many people, but not me). So my first original post in almost 2 years …. Ta da ! I’m currently part of a book club and we are reading ‘La Sombra del Viento’ from Carlos Ruíz Zafón ♥️ today I’m going to be hosting the online meeting so I made a few notes.

PD. I always put leaves or flowers in books. So when I take a book from my bookcase I have to be careful of things falling off !

I hope you are all safe ♥️

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Medical Cheat Sheets🩺📕

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Part One

Working on some medical summary sheets; first up is the ECG! Comment with what should be the next part!🔖📝

Edit: Hi all! This cheat sheet has been corrected with real ECG traces from medical case studies. I had a few comments complaining about the accuracy of the original, which I traced from ‘Human Physiology’ 5e by Pocock, Richards and Richards. These are more realistic traces, but slight disclaimer; they are hand-drawn! I have tried to replicate these as accurately as possible, but there may be slight discrepancies between the measurements of these and real traces, so should not be used by medical professionals, but by novice students (like myself) to get a basic grasp on the concept of ECGs. I always welcome critique on this platform, and if you find any more discrepancies in any of my work feel welcome to let me know!

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All our clerkships/rotations are over!

Now to wait for results and prep for our final examinations!

As we come to an end of our medical school journey, we couldn’t help but be a bit sappy/emotional so we compiled this video. Enjoy 😅



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