The Darker Side Of Medicine: Another Doctor Assaulted While On Duty

Being a doctor is a noble calling. All those years spent in medical school, then specialization, more studying, sleepless nights on duty, etc… Learning never really ends when you decide to commit yourself to this profession.

It takes years, even decades for a person to become a good medical professional.

But, not everyone knows how to appreciate all the efforts a doctor has to go through his/her education.

Here is the story of Dr Mohammed Ruda, from Baghdad (Iraq). Dr Ruda is a resident in general surgery at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Iraq. He is currenty preparing his Phd in surgery.

While he was on call, this Wednesday, a female patient was admitted to the hospital. In the Emergency Room, she presented with severe right lower abdominal pain, with a possibilty of appendicitis. Dr Ruda came to examine the patient for rebound tenderness. 

But, what came next, no one could predict…..

Instead of helping the female patient, the doctor was hit in the face by the patient’s husband, who was against the medical check-up. He did not allow Dr.Ruda to examine his wife.

The doctor ended up with bloody nose and a possible fracture. (See picture below)

According to Dr Ruda’s colleagues, attacks like this one, are almost common thing in this hospital. That’s certanly not an environement anyone would want to work in.


When we talk about security in hospitals in general, it’s always directed toward a patient. But what about doctors?Cases like these show us that doctors are not safe in their own workplace.If the patients (or their family members) are free to assault a doctor, who is going to treat them later on?

We need to stop and think for a minute, as this kind of behavior should not be tolerated.

Complete medical personnel, from nurses, technicians, paramedics to doctors needs to be treated with respect and gratitude. Those people are the ones that put their lives aside, to save somebody else.

Recognize their effort, and show them you are thankful for their care and help.

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5 Ways To Be a Fit Med Student While Still Getting Good Grades

During the study in medical school, it is hard to find time for workout and be a fit med student due to often low energy and low physical fitness among medical students. It is the masterpiece of managing to have time for physical activity breaks if you are a student of medicine since your priorities are your lectures and your clinical duties. That means your schedule can be wildly unpredictable. Unfortunately, most gyms require at least a monthly commitment.

Medical school is no doubt very challenging and time-consuming. But it’s still possible to find a manageable lifestyle while still succeeding to master the lecture needed to become a competent physician. All you have to do is follow these steps in order to be a fit med student.

1. Plan Your Workouts Like A Pro Fit Med Student

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It requires plenty of discipline to stay fit during years of medical school. Most of the students are completely unprepared for how much extra discipline it would take during the years.  At the beginning, you’re studying a lot, but your time is really your own. It is somewhat easy to schedule a workout in a day. But as the time goes, your schedule varies widely from day to day, not to mention from the rotation to rotation. You go to the hospital earlier and return home so late that you are often too exhausted to go to the gym. Besides, most of the food you are eating during the day is low with nutritive ingredients. You mostly don’t have the time to cook too.

So, you need to be creative to figure out a way to continue the wellness-centered lifestyle if you’ve even had one before going to medical school.

Planning your workouts for the week can be a fun and motivational way to give yourself an extra time of attention.

If you love working out, but you are on a very busy rotation and don’t have time to work out every day, or you have an early morning obligation, then try to do your workout before bedtime. It is helpful to work out when you go home. Then you don’t have any more obligations and you can do your exercise in a relaxed manner. If you prioritize sleep instead of exercise after daily obligations, do your workout early in the morning. Spend about half an hour of your time and you will be fit and vigorous all-day long.

2. Find Ways to Fit Little Bits Of Exercise Into Your Daily Routine

Medical students spend a lot of time indoors, but spending some time outdoors can strengthen your body and relieve your mind. That certainly will boost energy and lift your mood.

If you have a bike, biking cross river path or wood path can be beautiful and exciting experience and a rest for your mind. It can be restful even if you’re going to or from school or hospital, while it can be soon visible under your belt! Also, try to take the stairs rather than the elevator whenever possible, especially in the hospital and school.

If it is not complicated, you can change clothes and run or walk on the way to home. It is a simple way to get out of the classroom and enjoy some fresh air, while it saves your time.

If you have some of the workout equipment that you can use at home –  a barbell with a squat rack, adjustable dumbbells, pull-up bar, etc, you can create your own little gym and organize “home gym hour” in the day, which is least fulfilled with obligations. It is cheaper than a gym membership in the long run and gives flexible organization with your weekly routine. You can find a lot of workout routines online and on YouTube for free and exercise according to their instructions. It also gives you the group exercise feel. Some of the students may manage only about 15 minutes if they wanted to be sustainable.

15-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be done with minimal equipment and can give you great result if you put it in your daily routine in the start of a day.

Find the partner for together exercise among the students whom you associate with, and all the things will be easier and more fun.

3. Yoga for Fit Med Student

Yoga invigorates the entire body and mind; although not many medical students tend to practice yoga during the years of medical studies. But those who do try yoga, find a lot of benefits to their body and mind.

When you are stressed out (and there is a lot of that in medical school and clinical practice) yoga is an effective way to refocus and clear your mind.

It is well known that after practicing yoga you can focus your mental resources, process information much quicker, more accurate and learning, holding and updating information is better.

If you think that you need extra time for yoga exercise, you are wrong. There are a few positions you can do even while you study (at home of course).

 

 

 

 Sphinx Pose

 It is really easy to stay in this pose all the time while you are reading. Just lie on your belly with your book in front of you, and bring your forearms to the ground so that your elbows are directly under your shoulders. Inhale the shoulders up and down the back, and keep reading! You can stay in this pose as long as you feel comfortable, but it is recommended at least during 3-5 deep breaths.

 Legs Up the Wall

 The name itself tells you what to do to get to this pose. Lie on your back and just inhale your legs up above you and stay resting them on the wall in front of you. The best is you can stay here for hours and read in the pose.

 Lotus Pose

 It is not the pose for everybody because you need to have strong back muscles to stay in this pose. Otherwise, you may feel an uncomfortable tightening in the back. So, if you are used to sitting properly, come to a comfortable seat first. Gently take hold of one foot, and tuck it up into the opposite hip crease. Do the same with the opposite foot. Straighten your back and there you are! If you feel any pain or stress in your knees or back, choose another pose.

 Child’s Pose

 This is a kind of modified Child’s Pose. Gently bring your knees down the ground, and sit your hips back over your ankles. Get a good stretch in your arms, before bending the elbows and bringing your hands under your chin.

 Frog Pose

 Begin with the Tabletop Pose, and slowly walk your legs out from under your hips as far as you can go without straining. Your feet should be flexed with the inside edges of the feet on the floor. Gently come down to your forearms. Stay in the pose 5 breaths, then change the pose.

You can also get a class of yoga for the first time, and after a certain time, you may practice that alone at your room.

4. Take Stretching Breaks

Some students study a few hours at once. They may take 10-minutes workout breaks 3-4 time during a study session. You can find out about this on YouTube searching for “Instant Recess.”

This is an exercise based on stretchings, such as neck rolls and shoulder rolls, leading into movements that involve raising your hands and dancing. It will provoke better blood flowing through your body and brain, while it’s easy to do for everybody. You don’t need any equipment, as well as special clothes.

 

 

5. Eat Healthily to Be Fit Med Student

We all know how much it is important to eat fresh and healthy food to be fit, healthy and ready for daily challenges. But how to achieve all of that obligation at school and hospital while having healthy meals at the same time?

Things are getting simpler if you don’t mind eating the same thing every day. You can make a scrambled egg with veggies almost every day for breakfast, or meat with some salad for dinner. Carbs, like pasta, is recommended for lunch. Make simple quick recipes, which you can make in the morning and bring for later. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water between meals.

Bring extra snacks at times if you feel hungry, but don’t take sweeties. Instead of that, take a fresh or dried fruit or nuts.

If you often buy out your lunch, use free days for cooking at home and you can be done in 2-3 hours if you do meal prep in one day. 2-3 hours of cooking for the whole week? I’m good with that.

Dr Ruth Pfau, life of a humble leprosy doctor

 Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau (9 September 1929 – 10 August 2017), German doctor and nun, has passed away during a surgery procedure in Karachi. She was 87 years old. Dr Pfau, also known as Pakistani Mother Teresa, devoted her whole life to treating leprosy patients in Pakistan.

Dr Pfau was born in Leipzig, Germany. After World War II, she escaped to West Germany with her family, and decided to study medicine. In the 1950s she studied medicine at the universities of Mainz and Marburg.

After finishing her studies and joining Catholic order (Daughters of the Heart of Mary), she was on her way to India. But, after facing visa problems, she was redirected to Pakistan.

Dr Pfau witnessed leprosy for the first time in 1960, upon arriving to Pakistan. The illness she never heard of, or knew exsisted. The images of disfigured and socially excluded people she saw upon arrival, motivated her to do all she can to eradicate leprosy.

 

She was the founder of the Pakistan’s National Leprosy Control Programme and the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. She helped numerous people who suffered from the illness, reaching the figure of 50,000 treated patients.

 

Dr Pfau went on and opened branches in all Pakistan provinces. She provided training to Pakistani doctors and volunteers and worked on attracting foreign donations. As a result, in 1988, she was granted Pakistani citizenship.

 

Finally, after 38 years of her efforts, in 1996, Pakistan was one of the first countries in Asia to be declared leprosy free by World Health Organization.

She has also helped in rescuing victims from the 2005 earthquake and floods that caught south western part of Pakistan in 2010.   She received numerous honours for her work, among them the Hilal-e-Imtiaz – Pakistan’s second highest civilian award – in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989 and the German Staufer Medal in 2015. On 14 August 2010, the President of Pakistan awarded Dr Pfau the Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam for public service. Yet, despite all her achievements, she stayed humble and was never indiferent to pain and suffering of others.

She was the author of  four books: The Last Word is Love: Adventure, Medicine, War and God, To Light A Candle. In the books she wrote about her work in Pakistan.

The funeral for the late Dr Ruth Pfau will be held on 19 August at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi.

Why I chose medical career?

Well, I chose Medicine for various reasons.

  • First of all, I love studying our body; it’s wonderful to know how your body really works.

It’s amazing to discover, that there are a lot of cells that we can’t see with our own eyes, which have to work daily to keep us alive (Thanks guys!)

Our heart keeps beating day by day, many organs function without our influenceWhat can you say to that, rather than Wow?

  • A sentiment I didn’t find in any other profession other than medicine, is when you help a patientWhether  you save his/her life or do anything to improve it and the next thing you see is the smile on their face. This sensation is indescribable and it fills your heart with joy and accomplishment. It’s the best feeling in the world! To know you’ve done something to help others and to know they get to continue with their everyday life, all thanks to you.
  • Medicine is international. Being a doctor, you can work in the whole world, you can help anyone, around the globe, even without knowing local language…Medicine is universal, it speaks for itself.  One day, you may be sitting in your private practice in London, and next day someone can call you as an expert to visit Africa, or New Zealand, to help with a certain case. As a result, you may visit places you’ve only dreamed of.  Probably not the worst outcome 🙂

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My big dream is to become a Pediatrician. I love kids so much, I think they are much better than adults (that’s my personal view for sure) as they are honest and straightforward. You cannot trick a kid, they will see right through you.

A kid’s smile is worth more than all the money of the world. When I am sad or not in the best mood, the only thing that can put a smile back on my face is a cute baby, with those chubby cheeks and giggling. After seeing this- everything is right in the world again 🙂

Medicine is not a normal course, it’s very hard and it consumes all your life. But, it also gives you a special view of life and certain path that u have to follow, if you decide to begin this journey.
If you want to be omniscient and study everything, your life will be hard. Our body’s anatomy is too much complicated for any person to memorize to the very detail… it will take you years.

With medicine, studying never really ends and you can count on many sleepless nights with book in your hands.
Ultimately, if this is your passion, I say, go for it! If you want to be the best at your job, first you have to love it. With medicine you can call it tough love 🙂

After finishing medical school, you will have to decide upon certain specialty you want to take. This is a breakthrough moment for many doctors.

Some may decide not to take a specialty at all, becoming general practitioners. Yet, others will become surgeons, gynecologists, oncologists knowing that they enrolled into medical school only to pursue that career.

Certain percent may even take into account the salary given, and as a result choose the specialty according to current market demand.

Therefore, be sure to choose what you love doing. You know the saying: ” Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I believe this is true. And in the medical field, especially… When you love what you do, spending days at the hospital, taking care of patients, comes much easier. No one wants to be treated by a grumpy or unhappy doctor. And as a doctor, the stakes and expectations are high- you must always do your best!  But in the end, it’s also very rewarding.

So word of advice, when it comes to your specialty, choose wisely!

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Dr H.Nawatha
Founder at Meddy Bear