Catching up with a graduating medic

Last year, Esther Aiyelaagbe gave us an insight in to her life as a medical student at the University of Manchester. A year on and Esther has graduated from medical school after five grueling years. We caught up with her to find out how her final year went and what her post university plans are…

How did final year compare to your other years?

Final year was intense! Right from the start it was very intense. I was having to go for placement and also try to revise as well which was quite a lot of work. Many days after placement you’re tired and you just want to chill and then you remember you’ve got finals (exams). As the time for finals drew nearer, the pressure also mounted. I think finals was the main event of final year because without passing it, you were not going to be very happy. There was also electives though which was something pleasant to look forward to, like a reward after working hard for what seemed like forever (even though it was a few months). Like many of my colleagues, I looked forward to electives because I had the opportunity to travel (to Canada) and the relief of not having to function at such a heightened state.
You recently went on placement – where did you go and what did you do?

I went to Canada for two months on my elective. I was working with a psychiatrist in different settings. Although I’d already done my psychiatry placement, this was a different experience of psychiatry to what I had previously had. Due to the nature of the placement, i was mainly shadowing the doctor. I had the opportunity to work in a forensic psychiatry clinic and some neurodevelopmental clinics as well which opened my eyes to areas of psychiatry I hadn’t been exposed to. It was such a lovely experience.
How did your placement help you with your studies?

The placement complemented my knowledge of psychiatry as a specialty. Although what I learned may not be applied directly to my studies, I think it’ll make me a better doctor. For example, if I had a patient with learning disabilities I think this experience has taught me how to cater to their needs better.
You’re graduating this summer, what advice would you give someone just about to start?

I’d say get stuck in! Get to know people in your group and enjoy your time at uni. You may have bad days but the good days should hopefully outweigh the bad. It’s also very important to have a good support system. Even when you split up for clinical years, those friends you make in 1st and 2nd year can be a great help so keep in touch!
What are you doing next?

I’m starting work at North Manchester General hospital. I’ve had quite a few placements there as a student so I know the hospital fairly well which hopefully will come in handy for when I start!

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This Mom’s Trick For Getting A Baby To Take Medicine Has Gone Viral

One of the only things worse than having a sick baby is having a sick baby who refuses to take medicine. Trying to get your little one the proper dose can be a challenge, to say the least. But, thanks to this mom’s genius idea, giving your infant medicine may now be easier than ever before.

Helena Lee posted a photo showcasing the brilliant new trick she learned for getting her baby boy to take his medicine. She used a rubber nipple from a bottle, inserted an oral syringe full of medicine into the nipple and delivered her baby his proper dose without wasting a drop.

As Lee wrote in her Facebook post, she had tried and tried to get the baby to take the medicine, but he kept spitting it out and making a mess—because, as any parent knows, that what babies love to do with medicine!

That’s when this genius idea came to her.

“FOR ALL MUMMIES… So for the last 24hours ive [sic] struggled to get alfie to take calpol [a British version of acetaminophen], he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me,” the mom wrote on Facebook. “Then i [sic] remembered seeing this trick.”

She went on to say that not one bit wasted, and the medicine was delivered tear-free. Success!
Parents Respond

While some parents sounded in to say they’d used this trick—or a variation of it—40 years ago on their own kids, the post has been shared more than 100,000 times. So clearly, a good number of parents have found this to be helpful.

Such parents chimed in writing, “Whattt this would have saved a lot of tears!! And Tylenol!” in the comments section.

Others shared their amazement on Twitter:

This trick is definitely worth a try—especially if it could make your life a little easier and help your baby to feel better in the process. That’s a parenting win-win.

Other Helpful Parenting Tricks

Of course, this isn’t the first time that parents have used the internet for the greater good of all those raising children.

There have been parenting tricks for everything from the best places to hide your candy from the kids (just in time for Halloween!) to suggestions of using pool noodles to baby-proof the edges of coffee tables and so much more.

And Not-So-Helpful Parenting Tricks

Then, there are those “hacks” that aren’t actually time-savers at all—like, say, freezing your peanut butter before making sandwiches, for instance. And in those cases, you’ll surely get a chuckle even if you don’t get information that’s actually, you know, helpful.

It’s times like these that parents stick together and think of the internet as a community. It can sometimes feel as though it really does take a village to raise a child. And in those moments it’s important to know you can turn to your online resource center and use tips like these to your advantage!

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