Friday, January 15, 2010

Suitability of title

Wow I haven't blogged for a long, long time!

Now I ponder upon the suitability of the title of this blog - as I am no longer a medical student. In fact, I have completed my one year of internship!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How to assassinate a politician

A Malaysian newspaper has published a 'fictional' story of a racist politician who allegedly promotes racist views whilst under the cover of multiculturalism. Funnily, there are many similarities in the description within the story to a particular real life politician - other than the fact that the politician in the story was assassinated "in the name of racial harmony"

Not much of a veiled threat really.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Malaysian minister resigns!

I have never in my lifetime, seen, a Malaysian minister resign on principles. It is amazing and, regrettable, that such a minister is resigning - instead of others in the Cabinet. Nevertheless, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has set a benchmark that most of his Cabinet colleagues will not achieve.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Why doesn't Melbourne Uni care?

The month has been a hectic one. There's never ending work to do, jobs to apply to, cover letters to write, CVs to update and what's more, exams at the end of the month. For the past 18 weeks, I've done Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology - it seems revision is possible in one week? Really? And this is on top of my job applications and interview (which can take upu to 5 hours - I drove up to Bendigo and back for a 30 minute session).

I believe the health services (i.e., the various hospitals in Victoria) are within their right to ask us to turn up for interviews. After all, they are seeking employees, and our welfare technically does not rest with them, yet. It is the University of Melbourne that should be looking out for us, medical students. Why not change the semester schedule in order to make this period less stressful and anxiety-provoking than it already is? Why do we have exams during the scheduled interview period for our internships?

It does feel like my University doesn't care - does it?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A medical career dedicated to the poor and needy

A medical career dedicated to the poor and needy

  • Carolyn Webb
  • June 9, 2008

ANDREW Dent, the director of St Vincent's Hospital's emergency department for 12 years, has endeavoured throughout his career to help the underprivileged.

During his University of Melbourne medical training in the early 1980s, he spent a month working at Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta.

Dr Dent, who was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) today, worked in Africa after surgical training in Britain.

He was the only surgeon at the Shisong bush hospital in Cameroon, introducing modern treatments and raising money for equipment. He has also worked in Papua New Guinea.

Blandine Dent said her husband, who is seriously ill with colon cancer, was very pleased to receive his AM.

"He feels very honoured," she said.

The Age, Melbourne.