Having returned from my fourth quarter elective just days before the start of work, I had barely re-synched my Circadian clock let alone given much thought to work life proper. Maybe that was part of my adjustment process — a sort of psychological denial. “That’s Future Anna’s problem,” I often thought to myself as my Clinical Handbook collected dust during my three months in West Africa. But as D-Day grew closer and closer, there was no more denying it.
Depending on the hospital, Orientation can span a few days to a week, mine being the latter. Getting back into the routine of an 8 to 5 day was harder than I thought it would be. (Yet nothing compared to the days to come on the ward!) On our first day of Orientation we stood in line outside the Security office to get our photos taken for our ID badges. It’s quite a curious sensation, looking down at your photo and your name — the essence of the familiar – but now with the oh-so unfamiliar preceding title, Dr. Those two letters felt so obtrusive, so loud, and pretty damn scary because with it came not just free meals but, for the first time in my life, Expectations and Responsibility.
My friend from medical school and fellow intern is currently on holiday in the U.K. After driving her to the airport I sat with her in the Terminal as she filled out the Departure Card.
“What do I write under ‘Occupation’?” she looked at me and asked.
“Well, what’s your occupation?” I replied matter-of-factly.
“But I don’t want to write that.” She paused, considering her options. “I’m just going to leave it blank.”
“If you do that, they’ll just make you fill it out as you go through Immigration,” I said teasingly.
Further pause. “Then I’ll write ‘Student’.”
I pointed to the fine print underneath the signature panel, which committed the signatory to a truthful declaration.
“Ugh!” she bemoaned, frustrated but acquiescent. “Fine, but there better be other doctors on the plane, and at least one consultant.”
Interested in attending the World Health Assembly? Here’s your opportunity. The IFMSA is sending a delegation to the WHA, to be held in Geneva between the 16th to 24th of May. The documentation for the WHA can be found here: http://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_wha64.html. The major policy discussions where IFMSA can give an input are on health systems strengthening (following […]
NZMSA members have until midnight tonight to get their applications in for Conference 2011: Going Global. The annual conference is heading to Auckland for the first time. Delegates will be staying at the SkyCity hotel. Flights, accommodation and food are included in the registration price of $150. Apply online at http://conference.nzmsa.org.nz.
The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association has appointed new roles for it’s executive. The NZMSA Executive met in Auckland over the weekend of the 19th-20th March for it’s first Face-to-Face meeting of 2011. New representatives from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin were welcomed, and new roles were appointed. You can see our new executive and […]
The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) and the Christchurch Medical Students’ Association (CMSA) will be hosting a free lunch on Friday, 25th March 2011 for Christchurch students. The lunch is to show our support for all the Christchurch students following the earthquake, and to say thanks for all the hard work that you’ve put […]
Applications are now open for NZMSA Conference 2011: Going Global. The annual medical student conference, which brings together medical students from all over NZ and abroad, will be held in Auckland over the weekend of the 20th – 22nd May 2011. The Conference will be held at the University of Auckland’s centrepiece Owen G Glenn […]
Applications for the AMSA Convention, held in Sydney from 3rd to 10th July this year, will be opening at the end of this month. Convention is the annual conference organised by the Australian Medical Students’ Association. Applications are on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested in attending this week long Conference in […]
Due to the tragic events in Christchurch following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake, we have decided to postpone the NZMSA Global Heath Fortnight to later on in the year. This has been done in order to allow med students involved with the Christchurch quake-relief efforts to focus on that task and allow them time to regain […]
A roar. For most of us, that was the only warning we ever had. As doctors, nurses, students, everyone poured out of the main hospital, we shared crazy stories of what had just happened. Some had rescued a classmate from under a pile of books that had flown off the shelves; some had grabbed onto […]