Category Archives: Thoughts

The Shortlist – Year Three

At the end of my first year of medical, I made a shortlist (year 1) of specialties I was considering. At the end of second year, I made another list (year 2) of specialties I was thinking of doing. Now, after finishing my third year and more importantly the clerkship

Happy 3rd Year!

It’s been 3 years since for this blog and it’s amazing to see how this blog has grown since I started medical school. I’m surprised by how much I’ve changed after reading my old posts. Thank you to all my readers – I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your

When I Knew I Wanted to Do Medicine

When did you know you wanted to become a doctor? Physician Family I was born into a physician family. My dad is a medical doctor, and grandfather was a doctor, and my maternal great-grandfather also happened to be a medical doctor. My earliest impression of doctors was they “helped” people

15 Things About Surgery

15 quick thoughts from my Surgery rotation 5 Good Things You can Make a Difference – You (surgery) are the intervention. A chance to cut is a chance to cure. You can heal with cold steel. Operations can make a big difference in patient’s lives immediately. No Need to Dress

When I Become an Attending…

Based on the many observations and interactions with staff / attending / chief residents / consultant doctors during clerkship year. A list of do’s and don’ts I will try to follow one day… Hopefully I’ll look back at this post when I’m finished all the training and find it useful.

25 Tricks to Remembering Names

Being good with names is a skill everyone can benefit from. It makes meeting new friends easier, socializing smoother and people will respect you. As Dale Carnegie puts it, “a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” We want doctors to care


When your days become all work and no play,  your morale and enthusiasm quickly plummets. I’m currently stuck in one of those ruts where you have disdain for everything – rounding, answering pages, being in the hospital.You begin to wonder why anyone would subject themselves to this kind of a

Are We Training Too Many Female Doctors?

Sorry for the controversial title but the topic of women in medicine is becoming quite a hot issue in recent years. Especially since over 50% of Canadian and US medical students are now female, one has to wonder about future work force implications, especially when these female docs decide to

Golden Weekend

There is a term coined by medical residents known as the Golden Weekend. It refers to a weekend when a resident is not on call and where you are not expected to be working. A weekend where you get Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday off. In other words, a Golden

Human Factors in Patient Safety

Just A Routine Operation from thinkpublic on Vimeo. A recent comment asked about sleep deprivation and patient safety. Should we trust doctors who have been up more than 24 hours in a row, when we know their decision making might be impaired? The debate on medical student/resident work hours is