Having written my first article, I thought an introduction was in order. I am Tanvi, a third year international medical student from Singapore. As someone who lives in great proximity to the equator, you can probably imagine the initial difficulty I felt in getting accustomed to the cold weather in Leicester. However, after two years in Leicester, the cold weather now serves as a great excuse for me to consume copious amounts of hot chocolate and hibernate in my room (barring maybe a few trips to the gym).
Leicester to me now is like a second home – the city itself has a rustic allure with elements of modernity and tradition co-existing. The diverse melting pot of cultures also made it very easy for me to find my bearings as a fresher. With restaurants of every cuisine imaginable from Spanish to Chinese, it is difficult to find a reason to complain (and possibly even more difficult not to order takeout every alternative night).
On a more personal note, I have always found writing strangely therapeutic – as a slightly reserved person by nature, I find writing a great way to articulate my thoughts. Some of my other interests include taking landscape shots of natural places and volunteering with animals (read: dogs). When I get the time, I enjoy reading medical books like Complications – an eloquent read by Atul Gawande detailing the challenges of working as a resident.
If any of you have had a chance to read my previous post, you probably already have a flavor of my writing style and the articles that I aim to curate. As the first two years of medical school just flew past, I hope that I can make the most of my remaining three years by helping people and working hard.
My advice to all incoming medical students would be to cherish every moment of medical school – from the time you are taught about gel electrophoresis to the time that your expected to conduct a respiratory examination with precision and thoroughness. Getting into medical school is a cause for celebration in itself, and only you can determine what you aspire to achieve in five (or more) years of medical school.
As I am on the verge of starting Phase 2 (the clinical years) in January, I can only look back and reflect on the amount of knowledge I have amassed over the course of my pre-clinical years. Whilst all of medicine is perplexingly beautiful, some topics have particularly piqued my interest such as the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. I am both excited and anxious to start clinical placements as I believe they will truly provide me with insight into the challenges and joys of working and thriving as a doctor.