THANKFUL THURSDAY~~MY MEDICAL SCHOOL STORY

As some of you have noticed, I have been away from social media and my blog for the past couple of weeks and that’s because I was preparing for my medical school final exams. But now that I’m done with my exams and all the stress of medical school, I’m 100% back. So sit back, relax and let me take you through this journey. It all began in 2007, when I finished high school/secondary school, I knew I wanted to study medicine but definitely not in Nigeria (for reasons best known to me 🤐), so I decided I was gonna attend Uni in Ghana. I started Uni in 2008 at the University of Ghana Legon, studying biological science, which was a pre-requisite for medicine at that time. After the first year, the selection was made for medical school and unfortunately, I wasn’t on that list. So I decided to continue my 4 year course and probably when I have my degree, I could re-apply to medical school. During my second year, I decided I wasn’t going to wait anymore to get into medical school and I was encouraged by my family to apply to University of Cape Coast (my current medical school), so I did and God being so good, I got admission into the UCC medical school.

The fact that I can sit behind this laptop and write this story is a testimony because at that time, it seemed like I was taking 1 step forward and 2 steps backward. My mates were already in their 3rd year of medical school and I was now beginning the journey. Those of you in Nigeria or who schooled in Nigeria know how it is..i mean, I had already told everyone back home that I was studying medicine 😂 (well that wasn’t a total lie because I thought I was going to get into med school in my 2nd year), so you can imagine how big the blow was when I realised I didn’t make it into Legon medical school.

Anyway, I finished my 2nd year at Legon in May or June 2010 and started UCC medical school in August 2010. It was so exciting at the time plus my grades were really good, so I couldn’t complain. Everything seemed fine until my 4th year of medical school when my mates in Legon were already in their final year and getting ready to become doctors. It was a bitter-sweet feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I was very grateful to God for the 2nd chance He gave me to study medicine, on the other hand, I was wishing I too were in my final year cos believe me when I tell you this, medical school is not easy at all. I eventually finished my 4th year with pretty good grades I must add 😜 and started the 5th. Guys this was where the struggle became real. Not that 5th year was so difficult (because the most challenging year in my medical school is the 4th, when you transition from basic sciences to the clinical year) yes, so the 5th year was not difficult per say but at this point I was already tired, I mean, I had been in the University for 7 years already…phewww. There had been so many sleepless nights because I had to study or submit a report or see to my patients or this or that….i was just TIRED of it all.

But through it all, God gave me the strength to carry on. When I thought I was gonna give up, He pushed me on. So if you are out there and you think you have been on that journey for too long, you need to maintain your focus, there is something big waiting for you at the end of that seemingly dark path. Had I known that 6 years down the line, I would feel this fulfilled for the path I chose, I woudn’t have been worried initially when I thought my mates were ahead of me. I have learnt so much in this journey called medical school. The race is truly not to the swift. Many start but not everyone gets to finish.

Fast forward to my 6th and final year of medical school, which was the true definition of STRESS!!! My schedule was so busy, I had my project work to complete, I had to study like crazy because not only did I have exams to write but I was soon going to be in the real world, where I am alone with the patient and have to figure out the diagnosis and management plan of the patient. I didn’t want to become just another doctor. I wanted to be a doctor with a difference. In addition to all these, I also got the inspiration to start my blog. Although I had a busy medical school schedule, I really wanted to start my blog. There were a couple of times I contemplated starting after medical school but the list of things I wanted to do just kept on growing.

So yes, I started off my blog alongside the “hustle n bustle” of medical school. All thanks to God, I was able to handle all the pressure. Please don’t get tired of me giving thanks to God, I couldn’t have made it this far without Him. As my final exams approached, I thought it wise to reduce the time I spent on social media and also take a break from blogging till I was done with my exams.

As I sit and write this post, it’s my pleasure to inform you that I am done with all my exams, matter of fact, I am done with medical school. My results were out yesterday, 20th July 2016 and to God be the glory, I passed. Yes, you can call me Doctor. It seems so surreal. After all the hard work, sleepless night, tears, challenges, prayers, joy, peace, laughter, and so many memories, God has crowned my efforts with success.

I also want to say a very BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed to making my medical school journey very memorable. You know yourselves, so i don’t need to mention names 😉 I love y’all. I think I should stop now before I get too emotional. I just wanna end by saying God is a good God, He always finishes whatever he started. So if you are out there wondering when He would do it for you, maintain your focus and trust Him…He’s got you. If you are a medical student and you just can’t wait to finish medical school, just relax and enjoy the journey. If He did it for me, He can do it for you.

That’s it guys, this is my medical school story.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. As I said earlier, I’m 100% back on the blog. New posts go up every Saturday. Please don’t forget to subscribe by email and also feel free to comment. I would love to hear from you.

With love…

Phiephiee 💋

8 Comments

  • Makafui July 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Congratulations! Wonderful writeup! Keep it up😉

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    • phiephiee July 22, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      Thanx dear. I’m glad you loved it *wink*

      Reply
  • zymbolyk July 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I feel your emotions…. A year more for me too

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    • phiephiee July 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      @zymbolyk don’t worry you would be done very soon

      Reply
  • Samloaded July 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Awwww. Inspiring and very touching.
    Congratulations Dr Phiephiee…
    ☺☺☺

    Reply
  • Mary July 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Congratulations! We praise God for granting u the desires of ur heart of being a Medical Doctor.

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    • phiephiee July 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Praise God indeed!!! Thanx dear

      Reply

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