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. ‘Long time’ 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 ‘God’s ways are not our ways.’ 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 hadn’t ‘followed ‘ you hence your post didn’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 ‘I wish you long life, good health & happiness ‘ 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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      • You’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. 🙏❤️

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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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