Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I did encounter one - my university wanted to declare to an external body that I have Asperger syndrome, and I was very vehemently against this. I was very vocal about this, and eventually convinced them not to breach my confidentiality on this instance, but I have learned that it has already been breached a few times internally within the faculty. However, I am not at all surprised by this and I would rather keep my head down and focus on the end goal. Especially when it is so close - I have passed all of my exams for this year, which means one more year left!
I am going abroad for my medical elective soon, and I might pen a blog post on any problems I encounter there - new country, new culture - I don't really know what to expect. I probably won't be posting as often as I once did when I return, unless I find myself in a situation where I feel a lot can be learned, but I will still be happy to answer any questions readers might have about having Asperger's and being a medical student. There have been a few things I have learned during this past year too that I will write about soon, and I'm happy to take requests, but for now I must get ready for my trip.
Wish me luck!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I have two years left out of five. In September, I will be starting my fourth year, and this year's challenges include a rotation in pediatrics and psychiatry. I have spent the last three years getting used to and perfecting my communication skills with adults, and I have had some experiences talking to children but I still feel as though I have a lot of work to do. Psychiatry also comes with a new set of difficulties; they say that empathy is crucial to a good doctor-patient relationship, and I don't doubt that this will be even more true when talking to patients whose health problems are related to the mind. I have not yet encountered any psychiatry so it will be completely new to me, unlike pediatrics which has been touched upon in previous years.
I hope to be more active with my blogging in the coming year, because I will then be able to commit to the Internet a more accurate and detailed account of the problems I encounter and the ways I have tried to overcome them. But for now, I plan to enjoy my summer!
Monday, September 3, 2012
But anyway, good luck to me! My first day is next week and I hope it goes smoothly.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I haven't been blogging for a while because not much has really happened. On my last clinical rotation, I saw so very few patients that it was almost not worth doing. Exams are coming up soon so I am putting all my time and effort into that. Or trying to, anyway - as usual, I am finding it way easier go watch back episodes of Grey's Anatomy than actually revising. The mess that was meant to be my support package has now been resolved, but who knows what effect the disruption will have on my exam performance.
I will hopefully have more to say in the new academic year - that is, if I make it to next year!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
So a few weeks ago, I was ranting about how my medical school, who loves to impose communication skills sessions on us students only too often but hasn't seemed to master this art themselves, was telling me a bunch of stressful stuff via a third party they said I had to see for additional support. Some of this stuff included the possibility that my ability to graduate was in question. On further questioning, I found out that this is because one of my tutors apparently didn't feel comfortable with the fact that I would one day be a doctor.