Last updated on March 3rd, 2017

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2011 - 2016 : What medical school taught me

 Entering a medical school is one of the best things that has happened in my life. I remember jumping with joy and excitement in the kitchen with the text message that told me I made it.
 
"Congratulations, you are accepted into the medical program under University X!"
 
One of the questions that you'll receive again and again as a medical student will be:
 
"Of all the courses, why medicine?"
 
For me, the following points make a good explanation. The medical school has the magical power to mold you.
 
The 5 years trained me to think critically, sharpened my communication skills, equipped me with clinical skills. It also shapes my work ethics, taught me to work under pressure, and helps in building my emotional stability, just to name a few.
 
It's true.
 
In medical school, I met wonderful dedicated teachers, sincere friends, and kindhearted patients. I have gone through the tough exams, experienced how medical training is, and made a hell lot of good memories. Memories that I'll look back and smile to myself.
 

Most importantly, medical school prepared me to help my dad in his journey of living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Final year was tough. I was juggling between getting enough rest and attending classes, rounds, and seminars. I have a lot to catch up on reading. The final exam will be in less than half a year, and I'm struggling to prepare for it.
 
At the same time, the third doctor my father went to after coughing for 2 years told us that the CT Scan of his lungs is very suggestive of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
 
Everything changed. We had a hard time adapting.
 
I learned a lot in having my dad to cope with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Information about this rare disease in Malaysia is scarce, outdated and difficult to get. Instead of taking care of my father, his disease actually taught me to look at the world from a different perspective.
 
One of the key lesson from studying medicine and living with disease is, it simply humbles you.
 
A patient who presents with a most common symptom has the rarest diagnosis. Another patient with the best prognosis died of post-operative complication. A small problem with the spine made the patient paralyzed for the rest of her life.
 
Life gives you lemons at times you least expect to receive one.
 

I started diving deeper.

How the public is educated on health issues?
 
Why is medical disease support groups hard to find and sustain in Malaysia?
 
How much medical students know about the issues happening in the country other than the details of diseases which are endemic?
 
How is patient cared for after they leave the clinic, ward or emergency department? How is their caregiver coping with the care-giving?
 
Why is there so little medically related blogs out there, compared to blogs about blogging, SEO, fashion, and lifestyle?
 
Is medicine too dry to be written in an interesting way?

2017 : Under My White Coat

I started writing in 2017 to try to address these questions. I am not good enough, and I'm training myself to be better with writing.

There's another thing that you might ask me, if you've read a few blog post here. You'll find that I'm also writing guides for virtual assistants.

Here's why.

While I'm at home with my father, I venture myself into working online, and I'm amazed that how working from home and online can be the source of income for patient caregivers, if not patients who always have a hard time to secure an employment. If anyone is willing to learn and take that first step, being a virtual assistant, or work remotely is a practical way to secure some income.

However, guides for virtual assistants are always E-books / expensive courses. I have the experience and the knowledge of how to do it. So why not pass on the information to anyone who needs it?

(So yeah, I'm writing!)

That's pretty much all about Under My White Coat 🙂

I'm working to perform searches, writing my thoughts out and pouring my effort into this site to make it helpful for anyone who had come across this. If you're interested, this page tells you what I'm working on now. If you have any thoughts or things to say, I'll be thrilled to connect with you!

Until then, happy reading! Leave a comment or write to me, I'll be pumped to keep writing 🙂

Jenne

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