Confessions of a semi-doctor: (1) What a beginning!

It’s fairly unusual to begin your year with a strike! Wait, this means we haven’t technically begun anything! Our doctors have joined a huge strike demanding the leaders of our university to step down and claiming elections of new leaders. Bunches of students and professors marched today to the main campus in protest, and this got me to wonder if those “leaders” have ears!

To cut the story short, teaching at college got suspended for the upcoming two weeks. Unluckily, this doesn’t mean staying at home or having a vacation as I’m already sucked into cycles of endless courses; it’s a very long story! Seems that this year will carry loads of surprises and stories to tell, and that is such a good news! 🙂

You know you’re a medical student when..

Being a medical student can be either funny, weird or pathetic…

Well, it’s funny when..

  • Everybody knows you must be so smart!
  • Most of people respect you!
  • Everybody calls you a doctor that  sometimes you hate it!
  • There’s a syndrome with your name (medical student syndrome)!
  • You know how to measure blood pressure, how to use a stethoscope and what drugs are used for!!
  • You know it’s called “Alzheimer’s” not “Zahaimar” and “Schizophrenia” not “Shezophrenia” ! 😛
  • Your neighbor catches flu and asks you to prescribe her a drug!
  • You watch medical series and  feel so happy when you understand what they’re talking about and much happier when you know the diagnosis of a disease!
  • You’ve got plenty of time (7 years) to make new friends, they become a part of your family and you become a part of theirs!

It’s weird when..

  • You use medical terms in the middle of your ordinary talk, even without noticing!
  • Your Facebook status and posts are medically related!
  • You type “Vagus” instead of “Vegas” and “Staph” instead  of “Staff” and you may even say “Jugular” instead of “Jaguar”!!
  • Your parents get you a stethoscope, a microscope or any other “scope” for your birthday & you may celebrate it at college with your friends within 15 minutes right before an upcoming lecture!
  • You’d rather spend two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, than go home later and find out that your mother has cooked “livers” for lunch!!
  • You’re not supposed to  panic when you see a dead body dissected into pieces or a blood pool in the street!

And it becomes pathetic when..

  • You forget your name!
  • You’re always supposed to be anywhere but your home… Doing what? Attending either lectures, sections, rounds or courses!!
  • You forget what  a “weekend” means since you’re out 24/7!!
  • You’re always doing something, so your biggest  fun becomes staying at home and doing nothing!
  • You either have migraines, gastritis or sinusitis!
  • You take anti-depressants, anxiolytics & sedatives without (or with) consultation!
  • You get a panic attack at least twice!
  • Sometimes you think you might need psychotherapy!
  • Your summer vacation starts 2 months after other students get bored of theirs!
  • Your younger siblings graduate before you do and even get a job!!
  • You usually miss your family gatherings, birthday parties & weddings and you spend your whole “Eid” vacation studying for an upcoming exam!
  • Peoples’ blood, urine, stools, pus, sputum and vomitus become a part of your curriculum and a part of your job later!! (Yeah, I know it’s disgusting)!!

But you know what, after all, I think I love being a medical student!!  🙂

Living with the dead!

For the sake of science, medical students need to deal with dead bodies. If you think of them as cold-hearted unsympathetic geeks dissecting flesh, please read this and, hopefully, you’ll realize that you got it wrong…

• Concerning the “dissecting” issue, let me tell you a fact, we’re too innocent to hold that scalpel! The bodies on the tables there are already dissected (by doctors specialized in such field), so all what we get to do is just watching!

• The dissecting room is not a cold gloomy place underground. Surprisingly, it’s a well-lit, well-ventilated room with large windows and many doors. We don’t work in a grave or something!

NO BLOOD!! If you think that the scene in there is bloody, here you another fact. You’d never see a single blood drop, simply ’cause cadavers are soaked in “Formalin” to preserve them and, luckily, it washes all the blood out.

• Don’t panic when you see the students or the doctors in there crying, it has nothing to do with sadness or fear. It’s just the Formalin; its smell is too strong to allow you to hold your tears!

• No doubt that some students pass out when they first see the cadavers, but eventually they make friends with them and even give them names sometimes! 😉

• Unlike what the classic Arabic movies show, we don’t hide dead bodies in our bathroom or under the bed (although my skeleton used to sleep under my bed, but just in order not to freak my siblings out!)

• Another interesting fact… Spending two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, won’t feel disgusting especially when you get used to such thing. The disgusting thing is when you go home later and shockingly find out that your mom has cooked “livers” for lunch!!

• You may not believe it but, trust me, studying human anatomy is a hundred times better than studying worms, mosquitoes, ticks or lice. Ugh!

• And finally, being sarcastic about dead bodies doesn’t mean I’m making fun of them or that I disrespect the sacredness of human’s life. I’m just making fun of our situation, as we’re technically “living with the dead“!!

Hope you’ve finally got the picture… 🙂