The optimistic faces of Dalhousie’s MD class of 2013 will include four International students from our partner University in Malaysia, The International Medical University (IMU). We asked our graduates to share their thoughts on what it’s been like to complete their medical degree at Dalhousie University. Here is Alison’s story….
When I was first asked to write about my clerkship experience two things came to mind: the time I saw an emergency heart surgery in the Emergency department and the time I kissed a frozen fish. It was merely two years ago that I landed in Halifax, went through the Link Programme and then clerkship, but looking back it seems so distant. The first rotation is always the most challenging as you’re thrown into a new system and given new responsibilities. I quickly learnt to hide my clueless expression and replace it with a pseudo confident one. The bright side however is that most of the medical staff you work with know you’re still trying to find your footing and are always willing to guide you. Each rotation came with its own set of challenges whether it was having to wake up at 5.30am every day for surgery or doing odd hour shifts for emergency. Each core rotation, however, is a unique experience so it’s important to keep an open mind.
By the time fourth year came, everyone could breathe a sigh of relief knowing we had completed a huge chunk of our curriculum. Fourth year allows you to do electives focusing on your interest at a more relaxed pace. Many students get creative with their electives by choosing to do some internationally.
Clerkship is a huge learning curve. You’ll shine in some rotations and perhaps not in others. It’s important to learn quickly and grab opportunities when you see them. Don’t be afraid to get to know the doctors and nurses you work with. Simple things like always being punctual and approachable can go a long way. Above all, enjoy these two final years of being a medical student as you can never get them back.
The Global Health Office would also like to congratulate international students, Nirmal Randhawa, Ripa Akter and Mariam Shehu who are also party of the Dalhousie MD Class of 2013. We hope that their future will be fruitful and that they will achieve the success they desire and deserve.
To find out more about this program please visit the Global Health Office Website.