The musings of a final year medical student

Monday, 19 October 2015

Times I've been very stupid at medical school...

Today I was in a lecture and suddenly I realised how overwhelming medicine is as a language. I do truly feel it is another language in itself! Because of the sudden immersion in first year into all this new gobbledygook, it's fair to say it confused me many times and still does. At the same time, I know there will be some words I'll never forget, like syncytiotrophoblast or gubernaculum. As well as that, I always have a tendency to publicly embarrass myself. So, I thought I would share just a few of the silly medical faux pas I committed in my first year here. 

1. I kept forgetting the difference between the trachea and oesophagus. Pretty different uses!

2. I didn't realise epinephrine and norepinephrine are synonyms for adrenaline and noradrenaline. Well done me.

3. I forgot there are two foramen ovales

4. Before I got to medical school I didn't know women don't have prostates.... really. 

5. When I was examining a GI prossection and loads of faeces fell out of the large intestine... Should've got the hint from the very brown formaldehyde solution.

6. I never fully understood meiosis until I got to medical school and why there are two divisions, or what these weird words like 'bivalents' or 'chromatids' meant.

7. I didn't realise you could take codeine and paracetamol together. 

Hope this was mildly entertaining and that you are having a lovely week :)

Kate xxx



  1. This made me laugh!! Although I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I don't know what a gubernaculum is...

    Hannah xxx

  2. Grammar, vocabulary, tenses, indirect speech, passive sentences must always be keep in mind while writing a blog. Everyone must read this blog. This is going to help everyone.


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