Going Gentle Into That Good Night

26 May

In many ways, we’re sheltered from the harsh realities of medicine during the first three years of medical school. As the final “bit” of my third year, I’ve chosen to do an SSM in Palliative Medicine. I think that when I’m finished, I’ll have fulfilled the objectives that were submitted when I chose it — which mostly revolve around an audit that I’m doing. But I think that the most important things I’m going to get out of this are much less quantifiable and are unlikely ever to appear on a list of learning outcomes.

I think that it’s going to break my heart and then put it back together. In the end.

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Blog, Medicine


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One response to “Going Gentle Into That Good Night

  1. kotoreru

    May 29, 2010 at 7:40 am

    My community placement this year was in a hospice with the palliative care doctors and nurses. I’ve written a few pieces about it if you’re interested. I think every medic should be exposed to this side of things before they qualify. I hope you get a lot out of it like I did 🙂


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