Monthly Archives: November 2010

A lesson

“To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.” (Hippocratic Oath)

To be able to learn and practise medicine consistently, passing and sharing the knowledge to medical students equally, I wonder how many doctors out there can truly carry out this duty?

I felt grateful that I met one of these doctors who is able live up to the Hippocratic Oath that he took. It is true that a good teacher is the one who not only teach but inspire his students. For every lectures and ward round that Dr T took with us, I really learnt a lot. It is to the extent that I will search for every important points of a particular disease that he mentioned and look up for journals. I never work that hard before this posting and of course not to say that I’m being lazy for the past 2 years 🙂 He made me realised the fact that being a doctor apart from having the knowledges, you have to own the heart to care. 5 years of medicine education, it’s quite a long journey and at time people tend to lost their direction. I’m glad for the fact that I was once lost and are able to find it back. For each of everyday I spent in pediatrics posting, the passion to care grow stronger. Thanks to Dr T a lot.

I just have my first bedside examination yesterday. It was quite a disappointment because I let someone whom I respected down. I felt really bad for myself.

Normally, I won’t stress myself out before the day of examination in the sense that I won’t touch the notes before having the test. I am having no anxiety this time that it makes me unable to focus. It turn out that I missed an important steps during the process of examine the patient. I felt terribly disappointed especially when Dr T said he expected me do very well. That kind of feelings is barely indescribable. No doubt I would learn from my mistake this time. However, I still felt bad somehow.

Now, I will certainly remember the mistake and I will make sure I will not do it again not for the sake of redeeming any reputations but for the sake of the patients. Thank You Dr T for the feedback you gave to me.

Never bring an empty mind to the ward 🙂



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