Archive for February, 2009

Med Degree Acronyms

I always wondered what was the difference between MBBS, MD, MB ChB, MB BCh, MB BCh BAO and all those acronyms. I asked Cindy, who then told me to google it. Turns out that they are almost the same thing.

MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MB BCh/ChB – Medicinae Baccalaureus, Chirugiae Baccalaureus (which is latin for bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery)

MB BCh BAO – the BAO being Baccalaureus in Arte Obstetricia (Bachelor of Obstetrics), a degree unique to Irish universities.

MD – Doctor of Medicine, based on the North American model and style, which usually requires entrants to have a four-year bachelor degree before entry into a professional medical degree

There you go, mystery solved.

Dr. Jellio. UPSR. PMR. SPM. STPM. MBBS. MSlth.

(MSlth – Masters in Slothness)


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I am emotionally and physically exhausted. Firstly, on the 1st half of February I’ve had 3 calls in 7 days, and I was clearly exhausted by them. I was looking forward to a nice break, as I’d requested to have the V-day weekend off. This was because I was initially planning to go for Cindy’s ROM. However, somehow along the way, I got lazy, and was sort of going to FFK…when on Friday, I received a message from my mom telling me that my grandma has passed away.

So my sis and I, and my beloved martian rushed back to my hometown for the wake and the funeral. It was a rush as the funeral was on Sunday morning, and we had to be back by Monday as my sis had exams (which were postponed in the end). Anyway, it was emotionally draining and tiring, as I couldn’t really sleep well, and all the travelling really drained me in some way or another, even though I barely drove…

After coming back, I took Monday off, to mourn and to rest. I spent the day remembering my grandma and all the fun times we had as well as all the funny jokes she cracked. I felt sad that we can no longer have more fun times together but I am relieved that she is no longer suffering from the cancer pain and is fully healed in heaven.

God knows best and He has decided that she has fought the good fight and finished her race on earth. May she rest in peace in His loving arms…

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

~ 2 Timothy 4:7

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Post CNY blues

My CNY holidays are officially over. It’s back to work tomorrow. Technically, later today, since it’s already past midnight. Why am I still awake? Well, I think it’s the denial that once I go to sleep, it’ll be time to wake up and face the new day.

For the first time since I started working, I’ve had 9 days of leave, all in a row. Which is, unbelievable.  And something to be grateful for. Yet, after being dormant for this long, I have lost the normal flow of waking up early and going to work, and have turn into a sloth. My brains are rotting, I wonder if I can even intubate or give a spinal tomorrow after being out of it for so long. Alright, I know it’s only been 9 days, but as I said, it was the longest break I’ve ever had. How pathetic is that?

CNY wasn’t great, mainly because my grannies were both sick, thus we were so-called celebrating in the hospital most of the time but it was somewhat a break, I guess. A break, which I wish was still on-going.

Sigh…I should stop mourning the start of work and sleep now.

Looking at the bright side of it, at least I’m not on-call tomorrow.

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