Confessions of a semi-doctor: (18) THE FINALE!


I’ve been planning this post for months, but as I sit at my desk to type in, words seem to have fled. My last exam ended yesterday, closing the last chapter of my medical school years. I’ve technically graduated!

The journey was tough, the path was filled with traps and hitches, and there were times when it seemed I’d never cease to suffer.. But somewhere among all this chaos, somehow, good memories shone. Funny moments and amazing friends. For some reason, all the crap I went through no longer matters! 🙂

P.S. Until results are out, I need everyone who stumbles by this post to pray that my friends and I would pass our latest excruciating Ob/Gyn exam. None of us is by any means ready to study again for 6 more months!

Coming soon..

Confessions of a house officer!

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Confessions of a semi-doctor: (12) Good times don’t last!


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Boom! School’s coming back! Well, ten days from now I’ll be doing it all over again; getting up early, following schedules, spinning everywhere and the whole dilemma of med-school!

The only good news is, this year is my 6th and FINAL year, oh yeah, 12 unceasing tough more months to survive before I rock as a doctor! 😀

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (10) Halfway there!


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*Sighs* It’s been 25 days since exams knocked the door; 25 sluggish-paced stressful nights with all their anxiety and insanity have passed! I’ve come across ten exams so far, which are for the record, just ONE subject! Yes, medicine is crazy!

I still am ahead of upcoming 25 harsh days, and it’s pathetic how all students in the country, no wait, all students in the world have finished their exams, started their vacation, finished their vacation and got back to school while we’re still stuck in the year before! Yep, did I ever mention that 5th year in med-school is 14 months??!

LOTS OF PRAYERS NEEDED!

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (9) It’s time to panic!


This year’s curriculum!
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Twenty days ahead, coming with thousands of pages before final exams flood me for a month and a half! I still have no idea how I’d manage to finish all these books, in fact, I know I would never! There’s always a book or two that remain never opened, not mention a bunch of pages in each book.. It’s my ultimate procrastinator’s habit!

However, it’s so complicated this year; you can’t just leave a book unread, ’cause all the chapters are connected! I’m not used to racing the time, so now I guess is the right moment to panic!

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (8) Five best things about med-school..


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Well, I realized my latest post about college might have reflected “some” negativity, so I thought it’d be fair enough to mention the bright side of the story..

  • We’re on the ship together:

Being in the same class with the same people for 7 years raises that spirit of familiarity;  there’s that common sense of humour and everybody offers their best to help.. It’s one for all and all for one.. 🙂

  • Unleashing your inner doc!

You might think it’s silly, but it feels so good to understand what doctors say, especially on TV! I feel super when I catch up with diagnosis in House or Grey’s Anatomy! 😛

  • The bliss of being normal!

Exploring pain and misery everyday has its benefits; it leaves you thankful for being granted the bliss of health.. And learning how perfectly coordinated your body is can turn your perspectives up side down, it’s amazing!

  • What doesn’t break you leaves you stronger!

I was a 16 year-old naïve teenager when I first stepped into med-school, how cute! And if I think back and rewind the past five years, every tough moment I went through have left a print in my character. I become a lot stronger and much more independent every year.. It’s not easy to learn, but it’s also pretty awesome! 🙂

  • It all pays off!

Doesn’t matter where or what you specialize, ’cause in one way or another, you’re going to help someone get better or save their life, which is the core reason why we all want to be doctors! 🙂

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (7) Five things we fight for..


My med-school: Faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University.. Source: Google images.

Med. school is undeniably tough.. You struggle to gain knowledge and marks as well, but when it comes to med-schools in Egypt, well, it’s a whole different story.. It’s not only about coping with unusual loads of stress, but also having to overcome “few” extra obstacles!

  • Welcome to the troop!

A single alumni alone embraces over than 1700 students, yes, and we’re supposed sometimes to attend in one hall! If we get divided into groups, still one professor is supposed to handle a flock of students! Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to be a major problem here, for in other faculties, it can reach 12000 students per alumni!

  • Where do I learn?

A great percent of the staff don’t really feel like teaching, some may really want you to understand, but they don’t have the skill.. Whether it’s because they’re overwhelmed or because they don’t get sufficiently paid, private lessons is always the answer!

For each subject, pops a doctor or two who have the skill, the patience, and the charisma to teach you the curriculum efficiently, but of course you have to pay A LOT! Unfortunately, this is the trend in here!

  • When Should I study??

Since you have to go to both college (to state your attendance so you don’t lose marks or get expelled), and to the private lessons (to gain the knowledge), you end up spinning the whole day jumping from one place to another (Hint: Cairo’s traffic sucks!), you get no weekends, and when you finally arrive home, you’re too exhausted and so drained that you fall asleep waking up the next day to resume the vicious cycle..

  • What am I supposed to learn?

Medicine of course, but in an academically strict university like mine, we have the heaviest curriculum, the rigid-est and the most extremely unforgiving staff! Everyone has their own rules and they expect you to read their minds.. Sometimes I think they enjoy intimidating us!

  • Where do I end up?

It’s all about your score, the lower it gets, the lesser your chance to find a right job.. Lots of us may stay jobless, not to mention that medical career is one of the least paid in the country.. (I’m not exaggerating!)

P.S. I’m not posting this to complain or resent, I’ve been there for five years and have yet learnt to adapt, it’s a part of being a doctor. I’m just letting you know that it’s unfair to compare us to “Harvard” for instance, ’cause they simply don’t have half the strength or the fighting spirit we have.. 😀

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (6) Signs!


“A good doctor is a good observer.” Our professors keep saying! In fact, the effort a medical student exerts revolves mostly around obtaining that fine skill of watching. It’s all about scanning your patients for clues, and grasping threads that lead you to a close view of whatever illness they have.. Things referred to as “signs” in every medical book..

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It’s confusing as you begin learning, for it ain’t that easy to “decode” those “signs”, analyze them and get a conclusion within few minutes, but eventually your eyes end up detecting random passers-by in the street!

The other day, I saw a slowly walking old man with shivering lips. I found myself subconsciously observing the tremors appearing in his hands, then “Parkinsonism” came on my mind! Today, I saw a man with a staring look and protruding eyes, I automatically shifted my gaze to his neck pulsations to find them pounding strongly, then “Thyrotoxicosis” gleamed in my head!!

I know it’s awkward, but if you found someone staring at you, don’t freak out, it might be a harmless doctor trying to figure out what you have! 😛 😛

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (2) The curfew, the flu & the bomb!


Okay, that simply was one hell of a crazy long day! I hope you bear with this too long post, but this is the story cut-short!!

First, I had a course starting at 7:00 am (too early I know), that wasn’t the issue; the imposed curfew from last night till 7:00 am around the area where the course was held due to some foolish chaotic acts was the issue! Anyway, I was a little worried about having to break the curfew in order to get to the course on time (and a little thrilled too!) 😛

The second issue popped up when my little sister had missed her school bus. I had to take her to school, and ended up getting late to my course (also missing the curfew)! 😛

Then, there came the flu! I was too busy with sneezing & blowing my nose to focus. I found myself staring blankly at nowhere and the only thing I got from the course, was that the teaching doctor is a “dead ringer” for “Henry Spencer“!

The drama didn’t end after the course had. I dragged myself to the hospital to attend my clinical round (yes, they’ve ended the strike a week earlier). Things were quite boring ’cause I was almost asleep, and I swear I would’ve started dreaming if it wasn’t for that fire alarm!

They were evacuating the building, but our doctor didn’t bother! She insisted on staying and carried on teaching for the next two hours!! I too didn’t bother; my head was burning and was only thinking of one word; “HOME!”. Once the doctor was done, I re-dragged myself out and got a cab! The only thing that occupied my head beside the headache on my way back was how “devoted” our professors are!!

Back home, I was kind of surprised as mom was like: “We’ve heard the news and have been calling you! What’s with that bomb?”  I went like: “Oh, that?? Ha-ha-haaaatchu! No clue! My phone’s switched off and I’m so sick!”
The news aired that some crazy guy had thrown a teargas bomb into a hospital room avenging his ex-wife, which got me wondering how crazy life is going!!

Here’s what the news said, apparently, I was too unconscious to hear neither the ambulances nor the fire trucks! I didn’t even smell any gas, thanks to the flu! 😉

Confessions of a semi-doctor: (1) What a beginning!


It’s fairly unusual to begin your year with a strike! Wait, this means we haven’t technically begun anything! Our doctors have joined a huge strike demanding the leaders of our university to step down and claiming elections of new leaders. Bunches of students and professors marched today to the main campus in protest, and this got me to wonder if those “leaders” have ears!

To cut the story short, teaching at college got suspended for the upcoming two weeks. Unluckily, this doesn’t mean staying at home or having a vacation as I’m already sucked into cycles of endless courses; it’s a very long story! Seems that this year will carry loads of surprises and stories to tell, and that is such a good news! 🙂

Confessions of a semi-doctor!


A couple of years ago, I thought of writing my diaries and it was such a failure!! I used to write daily, so I ended up with the same routine repeating itself everyday, then I shortly gave up on writing..

This year I’m trying out a new technique; I ain’t gonna write daily. I’ll only pick the “extraordinary” events, which are hopefully going to be plentiful as I’m starting “Year 5″; the longest year in med. school (14 months)!!

So here I am, starting “Confessions of a semi-doctor”.. Hoping to make it this time! 😀