Monday, May 24, 2010


Guess what?!!

I have got an iphone!!!

Every 4th year med student received an email from the university last week which said,

"As part of the revision of the MBChB 2010 curriculum, the School of Medicine will introduce a mobile learning programme for Year 4 and Year 5 MBChB students. The purpose of the mobile learning solution is to provide support to you during your placements and rotations within the NHS and other practice environments.

The provision of the mobile learning is funded partly by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), the Strategic Health Authority and School of Medicine funding. The use of mobile learning resources is an integral part of your curriculum and is a tool which will support your learning, especially during practice placements.

You will receive an Apple iPhone 3GS 16Gb. This will be your personal mobile learning device for the rest of your Year 4 and Year 5 MBChB course. It will have a Mobile Broadband connection with unlimited data usage (with a fair limit policy). This is not chargeable for UK use but is chargeable for roaming use (outside the UK)"

So cool right!!! But considering the amount we pay for the school fees, this iphone is only like 0.1% of it. lol

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Hi guys!

I'm back from Vienna! I'm totallly knackered with a slight headache probably due to dehydration. But I hope with a good rest tonight, I will be able to resume to my revision. I was so worried that the volcanic ash would cause cancellations in flights but thank God nothing happened and we went and arrived back safely!

The presentation went quite well. One of tutors reminded us many times to introduce ourselves as medical students so that the expectations on us were not high. But still, we were still shot with questions and my groupmate tactfully answered them!

That's me with my groupmates, Adam and Candice . Steph is the one taking the pic. Look at our excited faces!! We have finally made it there

now with Steph

The posh hotel where the conference was held! We had to pay 70 euros just for one day

This year marks the 50th year that MH was first described in 1960 by a doc in Aussie.

We sat and listened to all the talks in the morning for our presentation at 4pm

One of our supervisor in Leeds for this presentation who is the chair of the afternoon session. Apparently he's one of the 'big cheese' as my groupmates call it which I think means he has control and power over the whole conference. Knowing that we were unable to handle the questions due to our inexperience, he quickly cut off everyone's questions by telling everyone that time was running out and the next group should present.

My SSC tutor! He was promoted to being a consultant a few months ago.

The whole group from Leeds.

At the end of the conference, many people came up to our group to congratulate us on our good work. My tutor told us that there haven't been any students coming to their annual conference for some time already.

I guess this would be the highlight of my academic years in leeds. God has indeed blessed me with so many opportunities which I never thought I could have. I'm sure when I graduate I would have a lot of opportunities to attend conferences overseas, but for a medical student to be given such chance is something I would never dream of.

PS: I received an email from the uni that they have approved my Student Conference Fund award of £100. It cannot cover my full cost but it's still something. Thank God for that too!

Thursday, May 06, 2010


As promised, I said I would update about this upcoming Vienna trip which is gonna happen in 2 weeks' from now.

I was fortunate to have been involved in an audit for my year-long SSC project which evaluated the use of drugs in MH (Malignant Hyperthermia)reaction in the past 2 decades. As the condition is very rare, there is only one unit in the whole of UK which is based in Leeds. My tutor told the group that he was pleased with our work and suggested that we should present our findings in the annual meeting in Vienna when all MH units from all around Europe come together to meet.

It is a good opportunity, but the downside is that all expenses have to be from our pocket :(

Exams are less than 5 weeks away and some time off abroad is not very good for my revision.

Finger-crossed + toe-crossed that i can catch up with revision.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Exams are coming.

Anyone wana scream with me?