Posts Tagged ‘new year’


January 19th, 2008 No comments

I seem to have failed already to try and keep this a little more updated. Oh well, lets see what I can remember.

I got back to Uni with my rather shiny bike in tow. It’s not quite as shiny any longer but still pretty useful. Every time I use it and go up an even moderately steep hill I realise just how unfit I am. I’ve also not been running yet this year, which I’m sure can be classed as a failure. The weather’s been pretty terribly, if I can use that as an excuse.

The actual course itself is coming along nicely. Not too fond of my new PBL group – it’s by far the quietest one I’ve ever had. It contains a couple resitting and another with many years of higher education behind them. The plus side is that it’s quite a focused group (when we speak) and we get the PBL done to the letter with time to spare. Another plus side is that I’m only with them for 5 weeks, which since I’ve taken so long to post this gives me another 3.

So in no time at all I’ll be doing my first SSM. This is possibly the most exciting thing on the course this year and I’m really looking forward to it. I have two opposing views of what it might consist of. The negative one being a lot of science and limited, strict clinical sessions once or twice. The positive would be a few science based days with an unlimited number of supervised, educational but not too strict clinical sessions. Chances are it’ll fit somewhere in between, not quite sure where though.

I was sorely tempted by Queen’s Belfast’s Emergency Medicine Conference, which features:

  • talks on acute medicine, trauma and major incident management
  • workshops on data and imaging interpretation
  • undergraduate research & poster presentations,
  • the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience through the use of simulators for clinical procedures and acute medical emergency scenarios!

Sadly, it’s timetable at the end of the last week of the SSM (I think) which will probably consist of essay writing and presentation. The other downside is the lack of guaranteed accommodation and I’d have to sort out travel myself too. I’m hoping that next year I’ll be able to go though – whether it’ll be worth it then or not I don’t know.

The strangest thing happened recently – I found one of my best friends from primary school (Edinburgh, before I moved) on facebook. It gets even stranger when I found out he met someone from my school in South America! It gets just plain freaky when he replies and asks if I know one of my ex’s. (Oh dear!). We’re hopefully going to meet up in the next week or so. I don’t really know how to start filling in 10 years of non-contact. Guess we’ll just see what happens.

I’ve also found a pretty decent blog – Blog St John – which is an excellent insight into the background of St John’s Ambulance. Whilst St Andrew’s is quite different (it’s a lot smaller for a start), we seem to share common problems. I wish I could find one on the British Red Cross too, it would be nice to see which society really is falling to bits the most.

Maybe I’m being short sighted. I’ve not been in for long and I’m still getting used to how things work. Either way though, it’s not exactly a model organisation. I was tempted to start a similar blog, fully anonymous, so I could write similar stuff about St Andrews. The truth is though, I wouldn’t keep it up. Instead I’ll just have to post here my rants (one is coming soon, I’m sure) and hope that noone takes offence.

This is reasonably anonymous, but not very much so. I don’t imagine anyone who wanted to find out who was behind this blog would struggle much. I also don’t really see the need. This is perhaps best in a post of its own but very few bloggers have stuck to their pseudonym and I’m quite happy to qualify my postings if need be. Perhaps those who are intent on covering their identity consider themselves in a position where there background would cause problems of various kinds. Either way, I have very little to hide.

Canonical URL by SEO No Duplicate WordPress Plugin