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Things that can go wrong on elective…

Posted by lauraoli on April 9, 2010

This is taken from a presentation given by my medical school in preparation for elective.

Things that can go wrong…

Adverse events occurring on medical electives in 2006 across 9 medical schools in the UK.

  • 7 Deaths
    • 2 cases due to road traffic accidents in Zambia and South Africa
    • 1 case in Sri Lanka due to drowning
    • 1 case in Australia – ‘circumstances unrelated to placement’
    • 1 case due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a shower in South Africa
    • 1 case due to climbing accident
    • 1 case of suicide on return from elective
  • Serious non-fatal accidents
    • 52 leading to spinal injuries
    • Road traffic accidents
      • 1 leading to amputation and renal failure
      • 2 whilst on holiday after placement
  • Crime related
    • 71 stabbings
    • 1 shooting
    • 3 muggings
    • 2 serious sexual assaults

Also:

  • Several reports of theft; numbers unknown
  • 11 needle-stick injuries in operating theatres
  • Infectious disease
    • 3 cases of malaria
    • 2 cases of schistosomiasis
    • 1 case of para-typhoid fever
    • 1 case of amoebic dysentry
  • 1 case of medical evaluation required
  • 3 serious episodes of psychiatric disorders
  • Political issues
    • 42 arrests in Israel
    • 2 cases of airlifting out of Ethiopia and Guyana due to civil disturbances

I’m not going to pretend that I’m not terrified now…

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Madagascar

Posted by lauraoli on April 6, 2010

At the beginning of 4th year medicine (next year), students at my medical school undertake an elective. This is a 6 week placement in any hospital anywhere in the world. The general advice from the med school is to start organising it about 18 months in advance. I, however, have only just got mine finalised (4 months before I go).  I’m not the most organised of people.

I avoided organising it for as long as possible, simply because I just didn’t know where I wanted to go. I finally decided on the US – it is a developed country, they speak English, I know someone in Seattle…. all in all it was a safe option. But that was exactly what it was. Safe. After several months of rejections and dead ends, I began to question my motives. I also spoke to many people at the CMF conference (see previous post ‘CRASH CALL’) and they all had really amazing stories of their time in developing nations. This made me change my mind, and try to challenge myself.

I am now going to a small mission hospital in a town called Mandritsara in the rural north of Madagascar. I am terrified. It’s possibly the complete opposite of what I had originally hoped for…. it’s a very poor nation, they speak French (I don’t) and I won’t know anyone. However, God has made it pretty clear to me that this is where I am supposed to be going. The number of ‘coincidences’ since sorting it has slightly freaked me out – from reading the first chapter of a book I’ve had for ages which turned out to be about a couple of medical missionaries who went to the same hospital, to speaking to someone I have babysat for for over 2 years and discovering that they went to Madagascar on their medical elective 20 years ago, before finally the person I have a one-to-one bible study with announcing that she knows the doctors that run the hospital. I think that I’ve had enough signs now, God. You’ve made your point!

On a small side note…. I actually haven’t seen the film ‘Madagascar’. I think I need to rectify this situation as soon as possible. People keep quoting it at me, and I have no idea what they are talking about.

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Jesus. The most Passionate man to have ever lived.

Posted by lauraoli on April 2, 2010

Last night, Maundy Thursday, my friend (prettylittlewilderness) and I watched the Mel Gibson film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. The film is starts in the Garden of Gethsemane and covers the arrest, trial, torture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with a nod at his resurrection. It is one of the most gruesome, horrifying and brutal films I’ve ever seen. Reading the story of the Passion in the bible doesn’t really convey the horror of the flogging and crucifixion. When it was written, the people that would have read the account of Jesus’ last days would have understood the full meaning of these terms. Now, however, they are words that are spoken about so much, in relation to Jesus, that we become desensitised to them.

It is very easy to say ‘isn’t it great, Jesus died for me’. But to see the reality of that statement really hits home. What he went through, for me, is just horrendous. It was my sin that put him up there. It was for my sin that he went through what he did. He could have stopped what was happening at any time. But he didn’t, because of his incredible love for me. It’s simply awesome.

Everyone should watch that film. I challenge anyone who doubts that Jesus actually died to watch it and say that he just passed out then woke up, completely healed a couple days later. Or that he was just a moral teacher – no man would go through something like that voluntarily without knowing what the outcome would be. It puts it all into perspective. Jesus’ death wasn’t glorious. It was terrifically awful. But what happened next, his resurrection, changes everything. He beat death. So it was worth it. But it came at a terrible price.

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