In the Voice of Dr Nick Riviera “Bye, Everybody!”

Graduation is on the horizon, it feels like the home stretch and somewhere past the last mark is my first job as a Foundation Doctor in Leeds. Somewhere between making sure all my paperwork is in, tickets are booked and ordering the largest graduation hat to cover my afro hair it starts to hit me […]

Finished my Last Shadowing Post as a Medical Student

Finished my Last Shadowing Post as a Medical Student

    “You do realise that’s the last time you can say- but I’m a medical student!” The FY2 mutters as he scribbles corrections over my scrawl and thrusts the second set of notes in my hands. “I’ve just started this clinical rotation.” The day before the end of block exam. “I’ve just started clinical […]

Lists, More Lists and Proving I’m Divergent

Lists are great- the adult version of a sticker chart. Perhaps I need to get myself some gold stars! Although some of the tasks are easier said than done and certain other important businesses must take priority. (we had a very sensible and mature discussion in our house about our proposed factions) For all those […]

Medicine Bubble- Elective Photos

Medicine Bubble- Elective Photos

It’s 6.59AM and approaching 12pm UK time, with my sensible hospital shoes clutched in my hand I’m trudging along the beach to the only Wifi spot in Old Road (the village I was staying in in Antigua). I’m trying not to trip over in the sand as I’m wearing my clothes ready for work. As […]

Dr Fluffy- Also Known as the Funny Sounding (Student) Doctor on her Elective

Dr Fluffy- Also Known as the Funny Sounding (Student) Doctor on her Elective

Our eyes are locked. Imagine a Wild West Stand off. My fingers flex at the side of my white coat, the small persons bites there lips inquisitively. The second hand on my watch is ticking away. The sweat trickles down my brow as a draw my stethoscope and as fast as I can begin listening […]

A Snippet of a Consultation in the Caribbean

      The lady doesn’t look at me, she looks at floor and begins to pray aloud.   Helping out in the paediatric clinic I’ve just taken a history from a child referred by his GP with a possible congenital heart defect and I’m about to examine him.   The lady in front if […]

Rewind- so what is a Medical Elective

Rewind- so what is a Medical Elective

So I realised I jumped straight into my last post about my elective without explaining what it is! A medical elective give students in their later years a chance to experience medicine in a different setting be that an unusual branch of medicine in the UK or experiencing medicine abroad! The idea is to broaden […]

Feeling a little Spoilt- Start of Elective in Antigua

Feeling a little Spoilt- Start of Elective in Antigua

There is 1 MRI machine for the whole of the East Caribbean. The CT machine is currently broken. To get an echocardiography you have to go private. Back at the Leicester Royal Infirmary I have witnessed countless times when in the appropriate situations these investigations have been ordered and several times been life-saving and so […]

Prescription Puppy Cuddles-STAT

Prescription Puppy Cuddles-STAT

Recently it came to my attention that whilst I was on outblock in Burton the University of Leicester recently had a Petting Zoo onsite to de-stress the exam students (full story can be found here)! I have heard from a reliable source that this petting zoo contained, darling ducklings, a haggle of hens and perhaps […]

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