Sunday, 15 May 2016

0 Last But Not Least

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Today marks the officially last day of class for fifth year students of Kasr El-Ainy Medical School. This day also marks a friendly heat wave of 44°C. As pevious years, this kind of temperature is one of the probable signs of the awaited Ramadhan. 

What is left is the last phase of fifth year, the ultimate final exam. With two quite big clinical subjects, Pediatrics and Obstetric & Gynecology, it surely gives different challenge. Despite having so many new complicated things to learn, this year is the most amusing year throughout my years in medical school. Having real clinical exposure really gives the actual pictures of the diseases present in books. Plus, the most exciting part is to deal with patients as in history taking and physical examination to reach diagnosis.

Please pray for me, my friends and people out there. 

This may be the last, but not the least.

Friday, 13 May 2016

0 Politics

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Politics is using a power by one person to affect the behavior of another person. That is one of the definitions. Politician is of course the one who practices politics. Despite having many other definitions, the general use of this single word is usually directed to party-based politics, which is related to governing a country.

Being a student and exposedly practicing politics at the same time seems not a good idea, for me at least. To practice is okay but to declare to which side one is in is somehow a quite poor political strategy. As politics is about getting support and influencing others, the very first step is to have good relationship with everyone, friends and foes. Friends may not always be on our side. Foes may help us in any way in the future. If a great wall is initially built, by declaring our inclination, gaining support would not be easy.

These people who are having daily routines with us in the university years will be important people in various posts. This is the perfect period to build a bond, not a wall. Forget about different views. We are not even being in the real field, just watching from sides to give support to the team. Have the privilege of being neutral.

A good politician does not rush. He seizes the chance and does most appropiate action at a perfect timing. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

4 Language Barrier?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Being a medical student is really amusing. Getting know about human bodies is one of the best things I ever experience in life. No wonder Al-Imam As-Syafie claimed medicine as one of the most important branches of knowledge. In fact, advancement of medical care is always associated with better development of a country as it serves better quality of life.

Medical practitioners deal directly with human being. They talk, communicate, touch, examine and even open human bodies. Communication is inevitable, it is a part of daily routines, so as improving communication is obliged for every medical practitioners especially doctors. A medical student who does not give reasonable effort to improve communication skills cannot be accepted. It is completely unethical to touch someone, especially involving private areas, when the patient is not feeling comfortable with the doctor. The patient has no choice that he needs to be examined but the doctor should make the patient feels not being forced or like having no choice.

Egyptian patients are very patience, indeed. They can bear answering questions from non-Arabic speakers, which are partially understood, without complaining much. Sometimes, it is me who being annoyed with the questions. Not everyone has the capability to communicate well, especially in foreign laguange. It is not impossible, however, to improve with frequent continuous practice. The language is secondary. The main reason of lack of communication is not acknowledging the things that are needed to be asked. If we do not know from the first place what to be asked in sequence, how should we proceed, then?

Being a language enthusiast, I really concern good communication and information delivery.

Friday, 6 May 2016

0 The General Rule Is Not Completely Valid In This Land

بسم الله الرحمن الريم

I always thought I have understood the basic concept of life. From childhood, we are taught to study, be diligent and get good marks to have a good future. This is the very basic notion cultivating childhood's mind. As we are growing up, it changes a bit where universities do not guarantee bright future. Mark Zukenberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have made it possible. However, still, they live in a developed country in which the opportunity is widely present.

Then, everything seems to be different in Egypt. The general concept is not the rule. This country is not a developed country, a third world it is. Bad economy, corrupt leaders, trashes and homeless are everywhere. Being physically, mentally or even sexually insulted is not a weird stuff to hear. To list all the negative things present here is to consume a lot of time.

Despite all these anti-developing factors, the products come from this country are completely otherwise. Nobel price winners can be found here, not even single person has ever won this in Malaysia. Plenty individual international achievements every year, either in sports, academics, or research. The mosques are mostly occupied five times daily by not only 50's, but also teenagers. 

Last but not least, the most peculiar product comes from this land, which is the scholars. It is countless that it makes me reestablish the general rule of this life. How can so many great scholars come from an underdeveloped country like this. Scholars I mean, is not confined to Arab scholars yet also from other countries that finally become reformists in their lands.

Is it a must to live in poor country to become great scholars?

Is it a must to be blamed when one is in right side in order to become a reformist?

Is it a must to be assasinated to make great changes in the world?

These questions are never taught in our formal education. It ends up everyone will just be stereotypes. The real life lessons need to be honestly taught.

I was back then, during early time in this place, just like others, felt regret being here. But now, it has changed. Realizing the fact that so many great people yielded from it, I can feel the hidden factors are actually present. Let's find it.


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