只要有你

滿腔的話語 不知從何下筆

睡夢中清醒 因為想你太甜蜜

看來大嘴歌手很聰明 我真的don’t wanna miss a thing.

 

送你的小熊不是維尼 一針一線都載滿感情

你說牠在床頭陪你 你知不知道我有多開心

 

只要能在一起 做甚麼都可以

前所未有的心悸 停止我呼吸

只要身邊有你 跟超人打架也沒關係

認識了戀愛的定義 It’s quite easy to be me. 

 

今天能看見你 我跟小孩去遠足一樣高興

好多小事變得美麗 因為要和你一起經歷

空氣裡任何甜蜜的氣息 都讓我以為是你

未來怎樣我毫不在意 只願你我不會缺席

The jet plane can leave, 但它帶不走我心中的印記

時時刻刻都將充滿回憶 一分一秒永遠不會可惜

 

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寫好了想不出歌名, 本來要寫: “整首歌都chorus是怎樣… 你們自己取歌名啦” 

好像有點不搭嘎… 😄

Give it a try

等待 心中充滿期待

徘徊 深怕受到傷害

難猜 你心中奏的是甚麼曲派

忍耐 壓抑著心中翻滾的熱愛

 

等你點頭, let’s give it a try

回味相處的時候, 任何事情都不能將我打敗

當你點頭, 說let’s give it a try

我不知所措, 連自己有多快樂都算不出來

 

奇怪 你說需要時間我反而釋懷

大概 我知道我的感覺不會變壞

我在 這裡等你不會走開

只要 你知道我的感情快要將我掩埋

[Interview] 5 days till the Big Day

I went to the Wine and Cheese social event organized by the Med Undergrad Society last weekend, and it was really a wonderful night (for various reasons :P). Social-wise, I got to know more med students and reconfirmed my finding that these people are the coolest kids in town. They are so dynamic, so unique, and all so enthusiastic about what they do… I want to be a part of this family.

A few interviewee friends of mine were there too, and one of them were quite nervous about her upcoming interview. She has it at the same timeslot as me. 

I, on the other hand, was totally chilled. I could think of a few reasons for this too:

1. I’ve approached this application as a test run — just to test the water and see how things work. My real med school application effort will come next year.

2. I’m never the type that gets nervous about exams and interviews; I was talking to another friend the other day, and I figured that my mentality is “do all I can do and see what happens”. 

3. My mind is just too damn occupied right now to worry about med interview. Is there anything more important than an imminent interview? *Surprised* Yes, yes there is. 

Anyway, what have I done in the last little while and what will I do in the next 5 days, in terms of med school interview?

Last week, a friend of mine and I each organized a mock interview, hers at her apartment, and mine at some classrooms on campus. Counting the other practices, I’ve had 4 runs in total, and really, I think that’s enough. If you haven’t tried reading the question prompts and answering under time pressure, I strongly recommend you do so. Don’t do it by yourself; best to find current med students or friends who are interviewing, but if that’s not available, find other friends and family. Just ask them to sit there, keep time, and listen to you talk for 7 minutes.

I’m also reading some books on medical ethics, and I will probably read up on the rural medical issues. The book I am reading is called “Doing Right”, by Philip C. Hebert. 

Here I’d like to stress how previliged and thankful I feel about having an awesome supporting team of around 10 interviewing students. There is very little sense of competition among our group; we genuinely want each other to do well, giving the best feedback and suggestions we can give to each other. Also, I couldn’t find that Doing Right book in bookstores and ordering it would take a month, so I sent out an email to this group for help. Within 24 hours, 3 people replied offering to lend me the book. 

Anyway, in the next little while I’m just going to take it slow. Read the stuff I plan to read, do the school work I need to do, and on that fateful Sunday morning sleep in until 10am if I can, get a nice big brunch, take a walk around UBC, shower, change, and drop the bomb.

手機吊飾

手機用了三年 沒過一個吊飾

累贅 因為他們沒有故事

 

收到它的那天 我只能看著發痴

知足 感恩 善解 包容

簡單的文字 這次

卻透露出無比的睿智

我訝異 我放不下它

但我知道是怎麼回事

等不及回家 在車上 

用頭髮也要引上 

載著無限情緒的第一個吊飾

[Interview] Mock MMI: tips I learned, and why I LOVE UBC MED STUDENTS

Tonight, I met some 1st and 2nd year UBC med students at 6:45, who organized a mock interview with 10 stations for 14 of us. It’s now 11:30, and I just got back, being dropped off by a super awesome interviewer who stayed and talked to the very last anxious interviewee.

I’m so thrilled by this process and how much I learned, that I’m now typing this up fast — still in my suit because I don’t have time to take it off.

So, firstly, these are what I learned:

1. Avoid the law. Some situations are complicated with legal consequences, such as when your patient died, but the reviewing committee wants to see your empathetic response. How you feel for the patients, how you express your sincerity, how you approach the situation with warmth and honesty. Screw the hospital protocols; be the genuine, caring person that you are.

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[Interview] Practice MMI: Placebo Effects

Placebo (Ethical Decision Making)

Dr Cheung recommends homeopathic medicines to his patients. There is no scientific evidence or widely accepted theory to suggest that homeopathic medicines work, and Dr Cheung doesn’t believe them to. He recommends homeopathic medicine to people with mild and non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and muscle aches, because he believes that it will do no harm, but will give them reassurance.

Consider the ethical problems that Dr Cheung’s behaviour might pose. Discuss these issues with the interviewer.

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Outline: 

– ethics in informing the patient

– placebo effect as reassurance is trickery and undermines physician-patient trust

– using useless drugs may make the patients feel treated, and they do not have to follow other measures to improve their non-specific symptoms

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Response:

Although the goal of doctors is to improve the well-being of the patients, physically, mentally, and emotionally, I believe that using placebo effects to trick patients into a false sense of safety and reassurance is unethical. It may be true that placebo effects sometimes are real; the mechanism of psychology affecting physiology is poorly understood, but not unheard of. And sometimes the patients may even demand the drugs that they believe are useful.

Despite that, I will explain two reasons why using placebo effect may be unethical, and propose a better approach to dealing with these patients.

First, using the psychological effect of placebo to sooth the patients is at best a well-intended lie. It puts the patient’s trust for this doctor and even the entire medical system at jeopardy, since the patient may find out that the drug he or she was prescribed has no effect to improve his or her conditions. 

Second, even if the patient does not find out the ineffectiveness of the prescribed drug, providing him or her with this false sense of security may undermine other efforts to improve his or her health. For example, if the patient is reassured by the placebo for fatigue, he or she might ignore the suggestion to quit smoking, which may actually be the root cause of his or her fatigue.

In the situation when the cause of the patients’ symptoms are ambiguous, the physician should be honest and open about the ineffectiveness of placebo, and suggest treatments that are actually beneficial for the health of the patients. These may not even need to be pharmaceutical; for non-specific symptoms that do not have medical treatments for, suggestions for a healthy life style such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate rest would be more beneficial for the patients.

Grass Visor

I have had this idea for a while now. Unlike most previous items, this time I actually started with a design in mind. The idea was simple: since my hair looks like an abandoned lawn when I wear a visor, why not just make a practical joke on myself?

Enough talking. Meet the plain visor. 

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Just some initial proof-of-concept:

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Of course, it didn’t really prove anything, but I went ahead anyway cuz I didn’t expect it to prove anything in the first place.

 

About 1 hour later, I entered the I-think-I-messed-up zone that I usually go through by messing things up more:

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But it looks really messed up this time; it’s more like some drunk kid trying to do graffiti than any sort of conceivable grass.

 

Another hour and lots more paint later:

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I think it’s an acceptable rescue! I also incorporated my signature into the design for the first time:

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And now I can happily wear this visor to make fun of my own messy hair:

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