How chronic stress leads to physical and mental illness

I’m healthy. I’m fit. I practise yoga. I can stay calm during any crisis (medical or otherwise). I’m the eternal optimist. I’m resilient. I have all the personality traits and coping skills necessary to manage any stressors that come my way. Except I couldn’t this time. This year there was nothing I could do to …

Training as a doctor in Australia

The pathway and the hierachy To become a doctor, one must pass medical school, which can be either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree for 4-6 years. I did a six-year undergraduate degree, which included an Honours research year when I was in fourth year. Then, you become an intern. Each state is different in Australia. In New South Wales …

A guide to medical internship

This time of year can be one that is high in emotion for anyone. Today I want to reach out to final year medical students who are about to start their internship. The elation of finally graduating from med school is often mixed with the anxiety of starting work as a ‘real’ doctor. Just remember …