Done With Medical School!

I am happy to announce that I have completed medical school!!! It is a bitter sweet moment as the journey came to a somewhat abrupt end in the wake of social distancing. There were no physical goodbyes to classmates, teachers or mentors and our graduation ceremony was cancelled. I experienced some heartfelt disappointment that I will not get to see beloved family members and friends who were planning to travel to Canada to celebrate graduation with me.

But I am also so thankful that I made it to the end of this medical school journey. It has been a life-changing experience that has stretched me beyond what I thought I could manage. I am so grateful to God, my husband, kids, extended family, friends and readers for supporting me and encouraging me through this journey.

COVID-19 has impacted the world in unimaginable ways, some terrible but some also refreshing and positive. I am very thankful that the timing worked out such that I can be home with my kids, at least until I start residency in July. Homeschooling the kids while attempting to study for my first licensing exam (MCCQE1) has been quite an adventure! More on that in my next post!

Photo: McGill University, Montreal, Canada

36 thoughts on “Done With Medical School!

  1. โ€˜Long timeโ€™ Malaika as they say in The Gambia on your well earned achievement despite being deprived of marking this tremendous life event in the usual way. As mum r.i.p would say โ€˜Godโ€™s ways are not our ways.โ€™ So glad that you are able to spend time at home with the children be it combining studies at the same time.
    I was so delighted to see your like on my recent post. Somehow we had lost touch & it looks as though the fault lies with me as a hadnโ€™t โ€˜followed โ€˜ you hence your post didnโ€™t appear in my reader. I can only apologise as I have been trying to catch up with wonderful people like yourself.
    I will catch up later.
    As they also say in The Gambia โ€˜I wish you long life, good health & happiness โ€˜ to you & yours.

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    • Thank you so much Margaret for your warm, kind message. It’s really great to hear from you. I really enjoyed reading your “About” page and learning more about your travel experiences. I could relate to a lot of what you said in regards to identity, being half Kenyan/half Scottish myself, growing up in Kenya and then moving from Kenya to Canada. When people ask me what culture I identify with most, it’s a difficult question to answer. I tend to identify with different aspects of each culture. I look forward to keeping up with your blog more often (I had dropped off the map for a while there with all that’s been going on!). Wishing you a beautiful day. Keep safe and healthy!

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      • Youโ€™re more than welcome Malaika & thank you for reading my About page which, strangely enough just yesterday I was thinking of updating again since my return from The Gambia.
        I think, somehow another About page ended up amongst my posts but hey ho I think I can revisit yet again as I did when carrying out my recent update.
        Yes Malaika, I think that I identify with parts of the different cultures & life experiences thus making me a real pot pourri.
        I am amazed at your professional & personal achievements.
        So glad that you continued with your use of word press & I hope that it brings you the same joy that it has brought me especially at difficult times.
        Again I would like to wish you & yours long life, good health & happiness. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

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  2. Congratulations on graduating! I hope you have as smooth of a transition is possible moving into residency at a time like this. You are going to do great things!

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