Doctors 101

Summary – 2 Lessons from Med School

First-year students at Med School were receiving their first Anatomy class with a real dead human body. They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet.

The professor started the class by telling them: “In medicine, it is necessary to have 2 important qualities as a doctor. The first is that you not be disgusted by anything involving the human body.”

For an example, the Professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the corpse, withdrew it and stuck his finger in his mouth.

“Go ahead and do the same thing,” he told his students.

The students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns sticking a finger in the butt of the dead body and sucking on it. Each one tried his best not to puke.

When everyone had finished, the Professor looked at them and told them, “The second most important quality is observation. I stuck in my Middle finger and sucked on my Index finger. Now learn to pay attention.”

/end story

This is a classic joke I received via email. I bet most of you had read it before. I guess that’s just how important to pay attention when you’re learning something. Or otherwise, eww! or worse

————— Personal Note ————————–
In 1995, I worked as a cashier in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Every night I had to rush myself to the bus station and usually boarded the last bus for the night home. If I miss that bus, I will have to take a taxi which will cost me RM30 (No Way).

One night, as usual I rushed to the bus station and luckily for me the bus already arrived and I got in. After a while, I noticed that the bus was heading the wrong way (Obviously it was the wrong bus). I immediately got off, and knew that I was 2 or 3 km away from the bus station.

Time was running short, I could even see the bus I was supposed to take coming. I had no choice but to hitch a ride with a motorcyclist. Luckily the motorcyclist stop, but he hesitated because he didn’t have an extra helmet. What a perfect timing to start being a safe rider.. (He was not wearing any at the time he stopped)

Despite the delay of waiting for him to get a spare helmet from home, and the fact that my bus had already passed in front of me, I still able to make it to the bus station in time. Thanks to the motorcyclist.

Lesson learnt – Pay attention! :)

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  1. Anonymous
    05 Sep 07 5:32 am

    the first ker?yeh yeh..tergelak baca entry nih..hehe..anak sedare belakang terkejut dek gelakku..huahua..

    pentingnye beri perhatian bila belajar..dulu masa study,ada kawanku yg suka tdo dlm kelas..tertido smpai buku tjatuh bergolek smpai kat kaki ustaz pun dia masih tak sedar..ustz plk tolong angkatkan..hehe

    dah terkeluar topic ke nih?ahh tak kira..nak citer jgk..-xyamani

  2. wilda
    05 Sep 07 5:42 am

    ..hehe..slalu gak salah masuk kelas n dewan pepriksaan, sbb x concerntrate masa lecturer wat announcement ttg pertukaran kelas dll..if i concerntrate more, i can save my time and xdelah tebal muka thn malu..hehe

  3. wilda
    05 Sep 07 5:53 am

    ..for me, ‘kadar kepekaan’ kita bergantung pd energy level kita pd masa tuh..we always concerntrate less on busy days, when we’re tired (like what happened 2 u) and when we’re not well..betul x? :)

  4. Banji
    05 Sep 07 7:32 am

    xyamani – eheh setiap kelas mesti ada sorg yg tido tahap pengsan kan? tapi cite tu patut disambung lagi – ustaz tu bacakan talkin ke :)

  5. Banji
    05 Sep 07 7:43 am

    wilda – ‘tebal muka tahan malu’ antara ciri2 yg diperlukan time keja nanti :). so anggap tu sbg training utk masa depan

    mmg betul tu, makin penat makin teruk jadinya. dah x nampak apa dah,
    tu yg bas banyak terbalik tu. nauzubillah

  6. Noushy Syah
    05 Sep 07 12:15 pm

    hahhaha Banji…what a disaster for the medic students!

    ANyhow, true indeed,tiredness kill!!
    and most accident-whatever it is,normally due to human error when poor concentration…

  7. Pocket
    05 Sep 07 2:02 pm

    bas terbalik tu salah sistem… cuba diorang tetapkan 10 jam masa yang perlu diorang amik dari penang sampai kl… (Normal 4, laju 2 😀 )
    inshaAllah tak xciden kut 😀

  8. banji
    05 Sep 07 2:18 pm

    noushy – i agree, most of the accident happened in my mill is because of human error and poor concentration. That’s why it is almost always happen at night.

    What can be done? just be extra careful during night time.

    pocket – haha sakit tengkuk la. 10 jam dari kl ke penang, 400km. dah 40km/hr mesti ada penumpang turun tumpang motor je :)

  9. filantera
    06 Sep 07 12:22 am

    welll riding a train for ten hours is quite ok…hehhe depending on ur companion laaaa…..and depending on the companion mood too!!!

  10. banji
    06 Sep 07 5:15 am

    filantera – heheh.. it must be very boring right? what to do…. other person’s mood is not within our control.

    but im sure u get all the rest u deserve right.

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