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Doctor Oliver.

Posted by lauraoli on May 25, 2012

This week I have had a manic time. I finished my finals last Friday, I returned to Preston from  Brighton on Monday, I went to Glasgow on Wednesday and then yesterday I was in Blackpool in the morning and waiting for my finals results in the afternoon. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous about my results, but the crazily busy week beforehand helped me from focussing on them for too long!

God has been completely amazing over the past few months, I have had many people at church praying for me, and although I have been working hard and feeling stressed, there is no way I could have got through the exams without Him.  The verse of exam time for me is always Phillipians 4:6-7; ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’  I have most definitely felt God’s peace over the last few months.

In my quiet time on Wednesday evening, I read this; ‘Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.’ (Ephesians 2:19). This was a brilliant reminder for me that although my results that were coming on Thursday were incredibly important, and whatever happened would shape my life for the next few years to come, that in the end, I have been adopted in to God’s family, and the end result, no matter what is eternity with Him. I have been saved from my life of sin and transgressions by God’s grace, and have been given life in Christ Jesus. That is way more important than those results! This knowledge doesn’t stop me caring about my results, and doesn’t (entirely) stop me worrying, but it does give me a great perspective on what they mean.

The results came through yesterday. I passed.

I am now, officially, a doctor.

Thank you Lord.


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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


  • 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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