St. John’s Catholic school in Dominica

21 03 2010

Our brief 5 minute shuttle ride from the Front Gate of Ross University brought us to the inner village where St. John’s Catholic elementary school is. Although we were there for only an hour or so, the exposure to children brings back much childhood memories.

blogging about something like this inspires me to study even harder. An Internal Medicine Resident has challenged my group in ways unimaginable and I am only determined to focus on a different level.

I apologize for the weird images, something happened to my camera, but here it is…

One of the classrooms

Granted, the children were very comfortable with us. I will ask permission to snap pictures of the things I found on them next time. One of the doctors taught me how to distinguish a smashed finger from a fungal infection. The question I had to ask was “how long ago did you notice this on your child’s finger?” The important thing to remind the mother is in order to save her child’s finger, she would have to get it treated soon. At least that explains why the child is feverish for the past few weeks.

Another little boy had a “superficial” (what I thought to be somewhat deep) splinter in his finger. I investigated it and said: “hmm… this is deep, I would have to dig in there to get it out.” Boy immediately raises eyebrows, opens mouth, and goes “huuhh?” So, I went to find a real doctor instead.

A certain doctor (I cannot name) borrowed my tweezers, he rubbed the boy’s finger a few times as I was shocked and just yanked it out military style. All the while, I could have done it for him because I was much gentler with kids. Men.. lol

These are the children in line playing “Steal the bacon”

The highlight of my day was when a few of us had mistaken a 2 year old boy and thought he was a girl. And you wonder why he gives you that look from the corner of his eyes haha.

MINI Exam 2 done, first semester.

8 03 2010

First MINI was really hard because you did not know what to expect. Especially when Biochemistry test was worth 30% of your grade. Hence, I had no time to update my blog. I promised myself to take this short break after MINI 2 to upload some more images.

After a few months, I can look at the sky and predict when it would be raining hard now, unlike before when you didn’t know when it would rain. All it took was a few gray rainclouds hanging above your head.  It’s still not unusual to see cows right outside the door. I had to tiptoe to get into my room once because a cow with big horns was standing outside the door eating leaves off a bush with his head facing the other way.  So then, what is unusual? Well, just last month, the bats swooped down and flew really close to my head… yeah, that was unusual for me.

The other unusual thing is the wave of emotions that come from having to study so much. Sometimes you wish to just dump everything aside. And that’s what I did for about three days and then I went to talk to my professor and picked up again from where I left off. It is fast-paced here and this not something that I thought would bother me before. I decided in my best interest to cut talking to people and just focus on studying. Taking frequent breaks after every hour for 15-20 minutes to play games or walk around. This helps you when you just can’t  studying a particular subject for more than 30 minutes (maybe even 10 minutes)…

Sometimes you are still studying in your dreams or during your naps. At least the horror is over for now.

I found my favorite drink for this season: mango shake (very much like an Indian Mango Lassi)… yum.

TIPS FOR STUDYING: TA sessions, TA notes and high yield notes. I use the First Aid USMLE book to organize my notes now. Something, I did not do before. This way you can filter out what you should really know. A lot of Anatomy is not in this book, so I am on my own.


Birdies that chirp all over campus. This one in particular likes to chirp right outside the library study room.  It makes a beautiful sound.

Cows hanging out…