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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Internal Medicine

Finished two weeks of Internal Medicine here, still have 8 more weeks (oh boy), but not here in debrecen I need some English place, lol.
Speaking of English internal medicine was hard enough in the sense that, the ONLY day I had the opportunity to do anything in my two weeks there, I was given two patients to take their history and do a physical examination. Its like communicating with the deaf. These patients spoke no English, when I say no English I mean no, not a little English, but none at all. And since I am not so good in Hungarian myself and had no translator (as I did in other rotations) it was hard. But some how the Job was done with much difficulty. It was also so frustrating that I didn't understand everything they had to say. One of the patients even had so much to say. Now even if I didn't need the long story to write out a complete history. Its just nice to be able to listen and UNDERSTAND what someone is saying to you. I mean there is a reason they are telling u what they are saying right?
Like I have warned in a previous post, If you wanna study medicine, please go somewhere you understand the language and if you are like me, already stucked in a country u don't speak d language, make every effort to learn the language before your clinical years. If you are even more like me, and its already too late, suck it up, wear a smile on your face and learn how to make signs and facial expression work for u to understand. Because one important thing I have learnt in the years in medical school COMMUNICATION is key. I need not say more.

Well, well that has pretty much been my week. Working more on my thesis now. So might not be blogging as much in the next two weeks, but u never know something might strike, so stick with me on this journey.



jobsfornaija said...

Eya kpele. As a nigeririan doctor, i know how hard it was for me to learn medicine in english, talkless of in another language.

Anyway, i still think you have an advantage jare. Medicine anyway outside naija is still better

Ms Afropolitan said...

i can imagine that's tough! Have you picked up much Hungarian?

Myne Whitman said...

I hope you get a place where you can speak English. I'm so bad with languages, I don't think I could have coped. Have a great week and good luck with the thesis.

LA said...

That sounds hard, good luck!


fabladyH said...

@jobsfornaija, no we learn in english, its an English school :-) but d patients are hungarian :-(
@Ms Afropolitain, I have picked up quite a bit, but still bad.
@myne I hope so too, thanks.
@LA its hard but thanks babes..

NBB said...
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NBB said...

Hello doc, I know how it feels. Someone talking to you and you don't understand anything they are trying to say. Hope you get an English place.

Anonymous said...

Greatings, Todo dinбmica y muy positiva! :)


Dith said...

wow I would have like nervous breakdowns everyday!
U are one strong lady!
Keep up d good work!
All d best!

fabladyH said...

thanks dith :-)

fabladyH said...

thanks dith :-)

Dee O. said...

Wow! I can't even imagine the tough transition you must be making! Being in a place where you are surrounded by the unfamiliar can be a great challenge because it can be very intimidating but you will rise above the language barrier and you will learn so much in the process! I wish you the best of luck!! :)

make sure you check out my latest post!

fabladyH said...

awwh, thanks a lot dee. cute comment

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Internal Medicine is a credible specialization. One will go far with that specialization in tow. It also marks higher responsibility in administering prescriptions.

Anita said...

I'm a nurse, and I can't imagine myself working as a doctor. Studying nursing was already a tedious one, and entering medicine school to continue learning will surely be tougher. Anyway, I enjoyed the times when I gave special education to people about flu remedies that can be done at home.


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