On the 20th of November, was my last day at Middlemore Hospital and my last day as a first year house officer.
I cannot believe it’s gone by so fast. To hear from my friends who are just graduating medical school that I’ve been doing this for a year now, is just bizarre.
How do I feel? Well, unsure. But ready to move on I suppose.
I guess now I have that goal in mind to keep progressing and moving up until I’m consultant. Starting Monday, I’ll be doing gastroenterology as a house officer in Auckland City hospital.
I need to join the College of Physicians sometime before the end of the year. I need to study for my exam which will be in a couple of years. I need to plan to step up as registrar at the end of next year.
I don’t know if I am prepared. I’m trying to reflect on my skills and what I’ve learned during my first year. The honest truth is, I’m not sure. I’ve not killed anyone, thank God for that. I’ve picked up a few unwell patients and helped look after them. I’ve made good friends (like actual friends, not just “colleagues”. Who knew?) I’ve met some pretty awesome registrars and consultants who I’ve learnt a lot from.
So I guess it’s been a good year overall.
I just hope it has prepared me in some respect for what is to come.
In the wake of finishing my first year as house officer, I had another quick getaway trip.
This time to Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Everyone always hypes up the south island. As though it’s completely different to the north. I’ve got to say, it’s not really all that different. The landscape is beautiful, no doubt. But not breathtaking.
But I took some decent photos.
The mood of these photos is what I shall project onwards from Monday.
Taken on a walk where I was reflecting on how I don’t understand anything.
How nothing I do seems to be enough
How I’m the only one crying
How even though that’s the case, the sunset is still so beautiful and peaceful.
Greetings from Sydney!!
*insert opera music from Finding Nemo here*
So after my 10 days stretch and having days where I was talked at by 10 different people at once and being asked questions like “does this patient really need an enema considering he’s at the end of life” even though said patient is extremely impacted with a dilated rectum of 10cm, making me want to walk out or drop everything and scream…
I was perfectly ready for a break.
I had a week of annual leave that I decided to spend in Sydney!
Picture perfect, no?
There stands proudly the Sydney harbour bridge (which is massive and makes the one in Auckland look like a joke) and the Sydney opera house.
Sydney is so bright and warm! I came to Sydney briefly 3 years ago but it was at a time where my brain was definitely not up to processing anything.
So I have returned to Sydney to properly explore. Hitting the tourist spots like the opera house
And Bondi beach
Really touristy stuff! And I’m absolutely ecstatic at being able to get my camera out for these places! Major photography spree.
So far Sydney seems pretty cool. But oh my goodness is it big.
It takes a minimum of an hour to get anywhere in this city with public transport. The public transport system is pretty good! But it still takes a very long time to get from A to B. And living in Auckland, where everything is practically 10 minutes away, this city is very bizarre for me.
Still. The scene is pretty great.
More pics to come!
I know I’ve gone on about Summer feels and how things look very exciting and bright in pictures.
I’ve also talked about how winter makes everything look calmer and deeper.
I’ve recently noticed that coming up to Autumn, everything has pastel shades.
Like the pictures I’ve taken above. The colours are just so easy on the eyes. Everything is just the right tone to show that seasons are changing and the air is becoming more crisp. The sun is there but only just. The weather is lovely and calm but not too cold.
It’s a different kind of ‘filter’.