Written by Richard
Published on August 26, 2016
Readers of our blog already know that learnmed sponsors an Aboriginal medical student, Thomas, and will continue to do so until his studies are completed. He recently contacted learnmed to tell us about his progress and experiences so far. He is currently completing Year 3. This is what Thomas told us:
"I am a week into my second General Surgery rotation and loving it (besides the early starts). This year has been wonderful. I have been stuffed with so much knowledge that at times I don’t know where to store it. I have had the opportunities to see and do some really cool procedures. I have scrubbed into theatres and held tools in open surgeries. I have sutured massive lacerations for patients who came to the emergency department. I have seen babies brought into this world via cesarean section. I have lost count of the amount of IV cannulas that I have put in. This year has been awesome. The only negative thing that has come from this year is that I am even more uncertain of what kind of medicine I want to do when I graduate. However, I do know a few things that I don’t want to do, which I guess is helpful. I have also received great advice from other doctors on how to live a happy life doing what you love. Perhaps if I continue to find things that I don’t want to do, I will eventually be drawn to the perfect specialty – one that encompasses everything that I want. Right now, I’m not stressed, I’m just enjoying the learning. I just want to make the point that the financial support that I receive allows me to focus on progressing through my degree without having to stress excessively over money. I have been able to concentrate all of my energy on learning, which is something I value greatly! Thank you again for your support."
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