Monday, 23 May 2011

Busy Bee!

Why is it that weekends seem to go by so quickly?! I had so many things I wanted to get done, but am nowhere near through them. My list looks a little bit like this:

1) Finish neurology revision and start on gp stuff
2) Work on application forms for academic foundation programme
3) Complete pre-elective reading, write up findings and send to host supervisor
4) Work on systematic review for home supervisor
5) Clean kitchen and bathroom
6) Do food shop

So basically this weekend I've successfully cleaned my flat, and bought some food. Useful, but not exactly the top priorities, were they?! I have done some neurology (and covered a bit more in clinic this morning), but I really ought to have finished it by now. I've added nothing recently to my AFP forms - I'm struggling to answer questions such as "explain how your SSM or elective demonstrates your suitability to an academic post" - argh! I did do a little bit of my pre-elective work, but ideally I would have finished it. My host supervisor is very relaxed so there's no pressure, but it'd be nice to have out of the way. The systematic review has been largely ignored, but I'm less concerned about that as there's not a lot I can do until I receive other people's information.

I probably spent too much time catching up on Grey's Anatomy - what a tear-jerking season finale! I actually cried more than I did at the end of season 6, which I didn't think possible! Anyway, it's now finished, so I suppose that's one less thing to distract me this week.

Better get back to the books...

Friday, 20 May 2011

Not Another Medic's Blog...

I've been thinking for quite a while about starting a blog. I had one as a teenager, where I whined about how unfair my life was and how nobody could possibly understand me, but I like to pretend that I'm slightly more interesting now.

To put the rest of my gibbering in context, here's the compulsory "about me" entry.

I always wanted to be a doctor, but I messed up my A levels* so ended up studying Biomedical Sciences. I really enjoyed it, particularly the last 18 months. I did contemplate applying for a PhD and going into academia, but for some (not entirely clear) reason, I decided to apply to medical school once again. Luckily for me, my initial BSc covered lots of anatomy, physiology etc and I was able to go straight into second year at the same uni where I'd done my degree. This does mean that by the time I graduate next summer, I'll have been in this city for 7 years, so I'm rather hoping to get my foundation jobs somewhere else.

Despite having spent a silly percentage of my life in formal education (rough guestimate ~80%), I feel like I want to spend more time doing research and learning things, which is why I've decided to apply for an academic foundation programme. The application window opens shortly, and nicely coincides with my exams, so no doubt my next few entries will be somewhat stressy - apologies in advance!

Bye for now xxx

*Didn't strictly mess up, just didn't do as well as I needed to get into medical school