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Earth Hour

Posted in Outings, Photography by Alvin on March 27, 2010

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Posted in Pharmacy, Random by Alvin on March 24, 2010

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Reality sucks eh?  Oh wells. =)

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Posted in Diary, Thoughts by Alvin on March 15, 2010

4 years down the road, I am still under-achieving. High flier? was, am and probably will not be.

On a lighter note,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is a pretty good song. 🙂

Ah, time flies.

Psychiatry

Posted in Clerkship, Pharmacy by Alvin on March 12, 2010

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The occupant of this ward is one of a kind. They wander around the ward, most of them dine at the common area, like the school canteen and they had to queue up in front of the medication cart for their daily dose of drugs.

And it was one of a kind for us as well. We’ve heard screams and wails, seen patient gone under anesthesia and convulsed. Not to mention the disheartening stories and drama behind every patient before they ended up chemically imbalance, locked up in this ward.

The environment in the ward was a hodgepodge of people with different mood and emotions. We managed to talk to a few after clerking our case, and apart from their set of life epic before ending up here, some were unexpectedly cheerful, optimistic and patriotic. If there’s a thing to learn from them, it would definitely be that smile, without dwelling into the facts and whatnots about them being psychiatric patients.

The ward was guarded both by guards and grill bars. Right next to the interview corner, was a narrow balcony barred by steel poles. The cement walls at the balcony was the assembly points of pigeons who flocked by probably because of the free bread crumbs which some of the patient conveniently threw out of the bars to feed them. As a result, the  cement wall was full of bird droppings.

Shitty as it is, but definitely not as wretched as the plight of every patient in the ward.

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Posted in Clerkship, Pharmacy by Alvin on March 6, 2010

Being in the surgical wards wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be. Except for the fact that some of the nurses finds us an eyesore to their workflow but nonetheless, clerkship is way more interesting than mundane slide reading lectures.

After a quick briefing on day 1, we randomly assigned patients to ourselves by the ward occupancy white board. Then the whole routine of reading, interpreting, head-scratching, scribbles  mimicking, notes flipping and forms filling starts. We had chance to follow rounds but it was none other than perking up our ears only to catch minute details of each patient’s condition.

Being in the ward gave an insight on how clinical based job would be in the future. Those in the lower ranks of the authority hierarchy are probably the most pitiful ones. They probably start some of their days at work with multiple tongue lashing and probably getting  dominoes of it.

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Intriguing, yes but the whole ritual of waking up at 6 in the morning and stretched out all the way to midnight, reading up materials for case presentation is physically demanding. 4 more rotations to go, psychiatry coming up next!

If only this does not end with a killer paper for the finals.