September 1752

-- March 31st, 2014, 11:38 pm

This is just a fun historical fact I found and wanted to share! I had this saved as a draft for a while so I’m pretty sure I blatantly copied and pasted it off somewhere. In that case, I take no credit for what is written beyond this point.

Here is an interesting historical fact. Just have a look at the calendar for the month of September 1752.

Go to Google type “September 1752 calendar” & see for yourself.
You will notice, 11 days are simply missing from the month.
Here’s the explanation: This was the month during which England shifted from the Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
A Julian year was 11 days longer than a Gregorian year. So, the King of England ordered 11 days to be wiped off the face of that particular month.

So, the workers worked for 11 days less that month, but got paid for the whole month. That’s how the concept of “paid leave” was born. Hail the King!!!

In the Roman Julian Calendar, April used to be the first month of the year; but the Gregorian Calendar observed January as the first month. Even after shifting to the Gregorian Calendar, many people refused to give up old traditions and continued celebrating 1st April as the New Year’s Day. When simple orders didn’t work, the King finally issued a royal dictum; which stated that those who celebrated 1st April as the new year’s day would be labelled as fools. From then on, 1st April became April Fool’s Day.

I Matched!

-- March 19th, 2014, 1:35 pm

Yes I have! I matched into my number one choice for the UK, and I’m going to be in South Thames for the next two years! I’m elated!!!

Although, there are still further things to rank – first, which region I’ll want to be in, and then I’ll have to rank all the programs within that region. And paperwork. I feel like now I need to get cracking, sit down, and sort out everything I still need to get completed before I graduate.

But the end is finally near. The end of being a student. The start of being a doctor is right around the corner.

March is Match Month

-- March 7th, 2014, 12:48 pm

It’s currently the time for all final year medical students to start finding out what specialty and where they will be working come mid-summer. The Canadian Match occurred this past Wednesday, so I’m glad to all my friends that are now able to start planning the next few years of their lives.

I didn’t participate in the Canadian Residency Match this year. I’ve actually grown quite fond of Europe and the European lifestyle, so I only applied to the UK Foundations Program. My match results will be out this coming Monday. So 3 more days!

I feel like the last half year were a lot less stressful for me than for others who applied to the Canadian and American systems. My application was short and sweet. I didn’t have to worry about personal statements, reference letters, and whatever other paperwork was necessary for the process. I’m in awe of those who went through that though, while doing international electives at the same time; flying out for interviews; etc.

A week after my match, the bulk of my class will find out their US Residency Match results. And then I feel that most of us will be able to relax until we all graduate in May. There’s just over two months left for most of us to enjoy Europe.

That’s currently one of the only interesting things going on in my life right now. I’m hoping to hear good news on Monday, and then I can start planning my life for post-graudation.

Balsamic Raspberry Salad

-- February 16th, 2014, 12:30 pm

So I was really hungry when I came up with this, but it turned out to be delicious!

What you need:
Balsamic vinaigrette
Red onion

It’s so simple to make. Just toss in the lettuce, and as many red onion slices and raspberries as you desire. Pour in equal parts of EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and enjoy!

Why I Love Pediatrics

-- January 29th, 2014, 6:09 pm

I have been surprised! Caught off guard! Taken aback! Me – the girl who always assumed that I didn’t like kids – actually ended up loving pediatrics! It started in my third year rotations. I thought, “Hey, kids are OK, I guess.” And it turned out that I really enjoyed my time at the children’s hospital. To be more specific, it was my fourth year pediatric surgery elective that did me in. And here are a few of the reasons why:

  • Kids often have diseases/illnesses/defects that are 100% treatable. The scars left on their bodies after surgery often (but not always) are able to heal really well, to the point where you won’t be able to notice them as they age.
  • They’re innocent. You can’t often blame the little ones for something they were born with or caught, unlike the obese patient with debilitating chronic diabetes, or the 40-pack-year smoker coming in with an exacerbation of his COPD.
  • Kids are fighters! They’re very resilient. And I guess the same could be said for adolescents and adults.
  • The staff is amazing! Everyone from the doctors and nurses to the parents are all so supportive. I was in an environment where I thrived on knowledge and education; where there were staff and colleagues around that were willing to provide help. It was an atmosphere of awesome teamwork.
  • Surgery on the little ones is so intricate and delicate. Everything is so small – their healthy little organs, the instruments we use, the sutures we put in. You need really caring and delicate hands to work on such small patients.

So maybe pediatrics, especially pediatric surgery is something I should consider in my future. I really enjoyed my time, enjoyed the atmosphere, and I felt like I was really making a difference. I felt like I fit in. It might have something to do with still being a kid at heart =)