From lectures to patients
This year my medical education made the step from endless lectures and tutorials, to being thrown into the clinical environment to put it all into context. Thinking back even to this time last year my learning couldn't have been more different. Now I'm finding my feet on the wards, and instead of chapters its patients that stand out in learning conditions - definitely preferred! I also became a phlebotomist, a part time vampire essentially, which has definitely made me more comfortable on the wards.
Embracing my inner geek
From developing my new website to simply finding new ways of keeping on top of work - I have let technology fill a big part of what I do. I use Evernote, penultimate, Paper and Dropbox as absolute staples with my iPad. My website has had a face lift, which reflects a big part of what I have learnt about design this year. Appreciating infographics, software and the work of friends (namely Mike Crabb) has really changed how I approach putting across information. Hopefully I can translate what I have learnt this year....well if it goes wrong I will have lots of daft pictures, not all bad! Following my research interests this year has been probably my highlight for me this year, I even had a think about the future. In a year where I presented in Boston, performed some seriously cool research and even got published - I couldn't ask for more! But the best thing is I have the research bug again, that seriously excited feeling you get when you try to find your answer. I have tried to explain it...the only analogy I can come up with is it must be pretty similar to James Mays fuzzy feeling in a nice car.
Following my ideas
I have worked hard over the past 12 months on wardWatch with others in Dundee - what a learning curve. From a crazy idea I have watched my idea grow both in size and maturity with the help of the project team and many others offering advice. For all I probably have a few more grey hairs, it's extremely rewarding to take up the challenge and produce something that could genuinely be a game changer - watch this space in 2013.
Networking 101...by accident
From following ideas and making new ones I have also learnt about meeting new people, often by complete accident - the best kind! I have met some amazing people in Dundee and further afield, with some amazing ideas to boot. Dundee has an amazing wealth of enthusiasm, ideas and a willingness to collaborate that I'm still uncovering the more.
All very well looking back on whats done - but really it's only worth anything with what's done in the future. I am pretty chuffed with what I have managed over the past 12 months, to be honest I had no idea how much I had done until I started wiriting this post. Coming up this year I have many more placements, hand ins, the scariest time in medical school - Finals and hopefully the best time with my elective. Needless to say I think it's gonna be a big year! On top of that with my wardWatch project still coming along, I'm hoping to Weirdly when I think back to this time last year I had no idea I would do half what I managed this year, makes this year pretty exciting really.