Updates on the Second Semester of Medical School

The second semester of medical school is well on its way and it’s been fun, challenging and amazing! From our anatomy labs, I continue to be awed by the beauty and intricacy of the human body. Seeing for oneself how arteries, veins and nerves weave in and out of various organs while trying to piece together the physiological mechanisms that keep us breathing and alive is nothing short of miraculous and fascinating!

We have completed our blocks in Public Health, Respiration, Circulation, Renal and are half-way through Digestion and Metabolism. I am continuing to enjoy my exposure to family medicine which I get to do about 2 to 3 times a month. My favorite aspects of it are the variety of cases you get to see right from children to the elderly. I have enjoyed following up on return patients and getting to practice doing various procedures.

One of my goals in medical school was to ensure I carve out quality time for God, family and hobbies. This has generally been going well! My biggest struggle however has been keeping up with consisent exercise. To help me improve on this, I have downloaded a “30 Day Fitness Challenge” app on my phone which will keep track of my progress.

The kids are doing great! My 5 year old son started taking karate classes (perfect for his high energy personality!) and recently went skating for the first time. His reaction to skating… “Mummy, why do I keep falling?” He also wanted  know if he could bring his snowman inside from the front yard and put it in the freezer to keep it from melting!

My 3 year old daughter is full of funny remarks too. She recently informed us, “Med school is where mummies go and when I become a mummy…..I’m going to med school!”

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My little girl checking on me!
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Birthday surprise from hubby and the kids!
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Celebrating mummy’s birthday with a family movie night. We watched “The Good Dinosaur”. Loved it!
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Nerdy birthday gift from hubby!

 

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15 thoughts on “Updates on the Second Semester of Medical School

  1. Your lovely post, Malaika, captures this fantastic snapshot of your medical journey. One made possible by your patience, determination and humility for the wonderful challenge to heal others through medicine. The sleepless nights, the commute and the challenging exams, if they had graced the snapshot, would have revealed just how much discipline this journey demands. The snapshot is just but a moment in time where an inspiring woman—herself inspired by her list of “Books to Read”—is blossoming right before the world, from Potential Doctor to Future Doctor!

    The beautiful roses (inset) capture perfectly the soul of ‘your’ snapshot: a typical and beautiful family one can’t help but root for. Happy belated birthday!

    Here’s to continued success:

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    1. What a beautiful comment Kenel! I really appreciate your thoughtful and encouraging words! I feel like you know exactly what I am going through! Exams have certainly been tough. It’s by God’s grace that they have been going well so far! Using my commute to listen to lectures and make the best use of time. Making sure I get at least 8 hours sleep at night otherwise it affects my energy level and mood. Thanks so much for continuing to support me and follow me on this journey (and for posting one of my favorite songs!). I hope all is well with you too and your beautiful family! 🙂

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  2. I’m fortunate to be along for the ride, feeding off the Potential/Acting Doctor energy. It’s been a very fun ride!
    Thanks for the well-wishes and have a great rest of your week! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Marissa! I really appreciate your encouragement. I have wanted to go to med school for several years actually. Although I enjoyed my previous career in research, I wanted to pursue a career in which I felt I could have a more direct impact on people’s health. You can read more about my decision and path to medicine in one of my very first posts at this link https://potentialdoctor.com/2014/07/24/why-medicine/

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