Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tomorrow is my exam! Tomorrow is my exam!
Tomorrow is my EXAAAAMM!

Yes yes yes! OSCE exam tomorrow.
Testing my clinical skills.
Testing how competent I am with needles and syringes.
Testing how competent I am with stethoscope and pentorch.
Testing how competent I am with communication skills and friendliness.
Testing how competent I am as a third year medical student.

Praying that everything will run smoothly tomorrow, amin.

-Because life is a test-


Friday, February 10, 2012

I found this article interesting, compact and sharp.
Just thought it'll be good to share it here :)

by By Justin Rowlatt
Presenter, Business Daily, BBC World Service


For decades the West has lectured the East on how to manage its economies. Not any more.

Now the emerging economies of Asia look like models of steady, consistent policy and sustained growth while Europe, America and Japan are mired in debt and are growing achingly slowly, if at all.

So what can the West learn from the East?

According to former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the message is simple but devastating: Europe must face up to the new economic reality.

"Europe... has lost a lot of money and therefore you must be poor now relative to the past," he reasons in an interview with BBC World Service's Business Daily.

"And in Asia we live within our means. So when we are poor, we live as poor people. I think that is a lesson that Europe can learn from Asia."

State of denial

Dr Mahathir is well qualified to pass judgement.

If any Asian leader can make claim to having laid the groundwork for his country's economic expansion, it is he.

During his two decades in power, Dr Mahathir helped transform Malaysia from a sleepy former colony into an economic tiger.

But his advice will not make happy reading in the capitals of Europe.

Dr Mahathir believes European leaders are in a state of denial.

"You refuse to acknowledge you have lost money and therefore you are poor," he says.

"And you can't remedy that by printing money. Money is not something you just print. It must be backed by something, either good economy or gold."

Dr Mahathir may be 86 years old, but he still holds very strong views.

In particular, he believes Europe and the West must begin the long slow process of restructuring their economies to reduce their dependence on the financial sector.

"I think you should go back to doing what I call real business - producing goods, providing services, trading - not just moving figures in bank books, which is what you are doing."

His big bugbear is still currency trading, which he believes did huge damage to the Malaysian economy during the financial crisis that hit Asia in the late 1990s.

"Currency is not a commodity", he says.

"You sell coffee. Coffee… can be ground and made into a cup of coffee.

"But currency, you cannot grind it and make it into anything. It is just figures in the books of the banks and you can trade with figures in the books of banks only.

"There must be something solid to trade, then you can legitimately make money."

Tough message

But even if Europe takes his advice, Dr Mahathir believes there will be no quick return to economic health.

"To recover your wealth you have to work over many years to rebuild your capacities, to produce goods and services to sell to the world, to compete with the eastern countries," he says.

European workers are overpaid and unproductive, Dr Mahathir believes.

"I think you have paid your workers far too much money for much less work," he says.

"So you cannot expect to live at this level of wealth when you are not producing anything that is marketable."

His message is tough, he acknowledges, before adding with a laugh: "We used to get tough messages from you before, remember?"

"And now, what is the result? Sometimes you undermined our currency and we became very poor. Well, we learn from each other. We were Euro-centric before. I think it should be a little bit Asia-centric now."

A tough message indeed.


"I think you should go back to doing what I call real business - producing goods, providing services, trading - not just moving figures in bank books, which is what you are doing."

What a slap!

European workers are overpaid and unproductive, Dr Mahathir believes.
"I think you have paid your workers far too much money for much less work," he says.

I second that. Heh... Typical Asian salesgirls work 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Whoever is willing to work during public and festive holidays will get higher pay. In UK, EVERYTHING is closed on Christmas day. Yes, people have more "worker's right" but still....

'til then,

-Because life is a test-

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yes! It has been 18 days since my first exam in UoM. How was the paper? Well...what I can say is I was almost very drained out towards the end of the 2.5hrs, having to answer 125 MCQs. Thank God I managed to finish all of them.

Post-exam, we treated ourselves with good food; steamboat, chicken rice and ayam masak ros for two consecutive days followed by a CNY open house in Yunteng's hse. We had only one weekend to waste after the exam, that was because SSC (Student Selected Component, in other words stdnt project) starts the following Monday.

My SSC this time is on Cellular Pathology and after two weeks and a half in it, I can definitely say I enjoy it :)
After reporting to my supervisor, he brought me for a tour in the laboratories in the Pathology Department, a place I'll never go into if I did not choose this SSC.
He then brought me to a Histopathology Trainees office where I was given a desk, a chair and my own microscope.
Then he brought me back to his office and said, "There will be some post-mortems if you are interested".

Ok. post.mortem. I've nvr seen one.
I'm terrified of one, actually.
I can't stand horrible pictures of people getting crushed under the lorry, or bikers got banged by a car, what more watching a dead body being cut in front of me?

But then again....

Pathologist: Have u done a dissection before?
Me: No. In IMU we learnt Anatomy through plastic models.
Pathologist: Owh... (frowned). Have u.....seen a dead body?
Me: Erm....(thinking hard). Yes, yes. (Thinking of some of my relatives' funerals)
Pathologist: (chuckled). Err..okay.. The reason I asked was do I put this?
Me: (interfering his sentence) You want to know whether I will faint in the mortuary? (Giggled)
Pathologist: Hahaha.. Yes yes... It'll be very troublesome for us if you do. Lots of forms to complete if you injure urself passing out.
Me: Haha.. Don't worry doctor. I will not faint (thinking "Heck! What did I just get myself into?!")

That was Monday. In the afternoon he brought me to the mortuary and arranged with the mortary staff an autopsy to be done on Wednesday.
Since that afternoon, I dreaded Wednesday!

Comes Wednesday, I walked half-heartedly to the mortuary.
Suddenly I find the hospital corridors looked exceptionally spooky, eerie and creepy. It was like walking in those dark, mysterious alleys in a haunted town, fearing that a zombie might just come springing out of nowhere, trying to eat you.
When I finally got there, the staff led me to the changing room, I've to change into a clean scrubs and wear special aprons and shoes before going in.
As soon as I walked in, there were 3 bodies on 3 diff tables; the nearest to me was still complete, the middle one was half-opened, the skull was partially open with the lungs, heart and other organs placed in between her legs. The third one was in the process of being stitched up. The organs were placed in a plastic that was in turn placed in his thorax.
And I can guarantee I did not go pale.
The staff clearly did not sense any physical changes in me, not knowing I felt my stomach is now turning into a blender, mixing and grinding my stomach contents vigorously.

How did the post mortem end?
Did I pass out?

No I did't.
I went through it as if I've done it millions of times before, touching and feeling the blood clots, brain slices, liver and other organs.

And that...was my first experience watching a post mortem.
I'll talk about something else some other time.

'til then,

-Because life is a test-