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Winter Water – Joshua Smith

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Josh Smith is one of the amazing house officers joining the blog this year. Based in Palmerston North, he’s passionate about medical education, and emergency medicine. Winter Water “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Rumi It’s very much August in Palmerston North. Down roars […]

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The First 6 Months – Em Dwight

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Em Dwight is the other amazing house officers joining the blog this year. She’s currently based at Capital & Coast DHB, and has interests in public health, primary care, and palliative medicine. The First 6 Months When I started medical school I envisaged that by the time I had completed 6 years of university that […]

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The Admission Note – Joshua Smith

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Josh Smith is one of the amazing house officers joining the blog this year. Based in Palmerston North, he’s passionate about medical education, and emergency medicine. The Admission Note A twenty-something year old male Presents, tachycardic and pale On a Monday morning in mid-November For a reason he can’t quite remember. He says the last […]

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Looney Tales – Div Panesar

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Warning. The following entry contains referencing. Vancouver referencing. For any academic students of the past or present, I apologise deeply for any flashbacks and panic attacks incited by those horrible little numbers at the end of references.   Well here it goes, the one I nearly didn’t write, the one nobody really wants to talk […]

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Dear Nurse – Div Panesar

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Dear Nurse,   You’re a funny creature, you know, frantically requesting lactulose for a patient with no bum. I review for you a normal stomal output, a healthy post-op patient. He’s equally as confused as I am about why you believe his bowels are misbehaving. I begin my quest to seek out the patient notes, […]

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The 12 Days of Surgery – Div Panesar

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I began life on the wards an exact twelve days before I graduated and received my degree – and so I decided it would be criminal not to take advantage of this literary opportunity and incorporate a most apt and well-known Christmas carol; although the hospital shouldn’t be anyone’s “true love”…   On the first […]