Day 78 - Reflection #1 (11/12/2017)

Once again, OSCE prep was the name of the game (I appreciate I'm starting to sound a little like a broken record at this point). I ventured back through the now considerably more slushy snow all the way to the other end of town and thankfully found a decidedly more open post office. The tiny service area was absolutely packed - it must be unbearably hectic in the run up to Christmas.

Picked up some gifts for my housemates on the way home, in the form of an oversized scented candle and a Lynx Africa gift set - it's funny for two reasons, firstly because the song 'Africa' is a bit of a meme in our household, and secondly because a Lynx Africa set is the gift that every male secretly hates but will gratefully accept anyway.

More aggressively practicing OSCEs now, in more ways than one. When practicing checking for raised jugular venous pressure, you perform a manoeuvre wherein you place your hand at the edge of someone's ribcage, then press downwards and upwards, which causes their jugular vein to bulge. I am not very gentle, and accidentally caused my housemate some not-insignificant pain. I'm not allowed to practice it on him anymore.

I have been really impressed with my housemates' progress though - they both seem very competent and confident in what they're doing. My method of approach has been employing a series of increasingly questionable (and sometimes downright horrendous) mnemonics to remember the steps I'm supposed to perform. I'll need to head into uni tomorrow with the two of them to drop this gift for our facilitator off, and it'll be a good chance to get some last-minute revision tips from the people there.

Also completed and submitted my first official reflection - 'the most important thing I've learned about myself as a medical student since coming to medical school'. As I've alluded to on this blog before, it was mainly about all the extraneous social factors that play into healthcare, rather than just the technical ability of their doctor. High quality hospital care does not necessarily translate into a more positive outcome.