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Our Best of 2018

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The Medics Club has had a great first few months. We launched in June with a bang and it’s all thanks to you, you and you! We have enjoyed putting out educative, inspirational, and motivational content to you and hope you have enjoyed digesting them all.

Here’s the low-down of the articles you loved the most this year:

Dr. Chinedum Arize: Struggles of a Trainee Surgeon

In this article, Dr. Nedu who is currently training as an Orthopedic Surgeon in the UK gives us insight into what it’s like to be in his shoes. He wrote about his process getting into medical school, his daily activities at work, and his extracurricular activities including travel.

The most satisfying part of this job is seeing patients recover from such debilitating injuries with little or no residual defects.

And of course, the lovely selfies didn’t hurt either 😉

A Letter From Our Founder: Medics Abroad is ONE! 

This article was an absolute GEM! Dr. Adanna told us about how the idea for Medics Abroad came to her in the shower! She also outlined the organization’s milestones thus far including the launch of the Medics Abroad Foundation and its objectives, which by the way is currently doing amazing things for in Kenya and is expanding to other African countries sooner than later. Check out the article to read more!

Speaking of Medics Abroad, have you booked your clinical electives for next year yet?

Electives Abroad and Why You Should Do Them

Dr. Wendy, while reflecting on her own previous clinical electives, gave us compelling reasons why doing your electives abroad is a plus.

Personally, I’ve done clinical electives in a number of countries but the most rewarding (by far!) have been the ones I did in the underdeveloped and developing countries. There’s something about immersing yourself in a world that’s in many ways different from the one you’re used to, broadening your perspective, gaining clinical experience, and in turn volunteering your skills, time and resources to a cause that will benefit others who might be in less fortunate positions compared to you in terms of health and privilege.

Dr. Aima Giwa-Amu: Day in the Life of an Emergency Medic 

Dr. Aima, who by the way is literally sunshine in human form, is an Emergency Medic in Ireland. In this article, she gives us a glimpse into what everyday life as a medic in the Emergency Department is like for her. From a typical morning waking up at 6.30 am, to hospital rounds, on- calls, studying, leisure, her water bottle (Lol!), losing a patient, why she loves Chimamanda AdichieFenty beauty and so much more! Have a look here.

Medics Abroad Summer Elective 2018: Our Clinical Experience in Kenya 

This one was by Dr. Helen. The first-ever Medics Abroad summer elective in Kenya happened in July and August of this year and it was nothing short of amazing. The Medics made many memories, within the hospital and beyond. Check it out for a compilation of some conditions they came across in the clinical environment as written by them.

The Highest-Earning Specialties in the United States 

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As much as a majority of Medics choose their careers based on the desire to help others, money is still an important aspect of life in general, whether you’re a medic or not. Anyone brave enough to dish out thousands of dollars on education will invariably desire a realistic return on investments. Check out the article by Dr. Wendy to find out the highest paid medical and surgical specialties in the US.

The Best Apps and Websites to Get You Through Medical School 

Medicine and health sciences have come a long way from the days of relying solely on what you hear and see in class and in recommended textbooks to understand anatomical, physiological and pathological concepts. These days almost all students use medical apps to supplement their learning. Check it out for Dr. Helen‘s brilliant recommendations.

Dr. Zahraa’s Life as a Medic 

The ever glamorous Dr. Zahraa gives us a glimpse into what everyday life as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology medic is for her. From a typical morning waking up at 6 am, to hospital rounds and on- calls, to leisure, volunteering and how she unwinds at the end of each day. Have a look!

3 Practical Ways To Up Your Health Game, Like a Pro 

“I’m off soda this month. It’s water or nothing”, “I’m having green smoothies every day for breakfast this week”, “I’m going for a run/ walk three times a week for the entire month of June” etc. Raise your hands if you can relate! We all desire to be the healthier version of ourselves, but we end up slacking when we don’t have a working plan. Adanma (the Health and Fitness Pro) of Lynn Wholefoods gives us 3 practical steps to jumpstarting our journey to a healthier life. Check it out.

Clara Ali Ghalib’s Life as a Medic 

Clara is a Pharmacist in Ireland, a Personal Trainer, and a certified Sports Nutritionist from Kurdistan. She is also the CEO and Founder of CALI FIT, a Personal training and Sports nutrition service. She gives us a glimpse into what life as a pharmacist working in a large teaching hospital in Ireland is like. She also tells us a bit more about her company. Check it out!

Dr. Yashoda Singh: Why I Quit Surgery 

…..Although in the end after 6-10 years of residency, I would be earning well and living a good life, it still wasn’t worth going through all of that as a resident (+on a residents salary) in my late 20s/early 30s, when I valued other things in life more than my job. That was a HUGE turning point for me and it was a very difficult decision to make, leaving my dream job of surgery to pursue something totally different.

Guys, you would want to read this article by Dr. Yashoda!

Failing in Medical School 

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If Dr. Wendy only learned one thing in medical school, it is that failure is necessary and can happen to just about anybody.

I’ve learned to view failure, not as the opposite of success, but instead as the gateway to success, and this is how I’ve managed to condition my mind well enough to accept failure whenever it happens, learn from it, re-prioritize, re-strategize and move on.

Check the article out to read her narration of one time she failed and almost ended it all. She also gives some practical tips on how to deal with failure.

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Web Design. She is a member of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She also runs a Medical Communications and Publishing business (www.odrcommunications.com), and is the author of the newly published children's book "The Things Around Me".

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