My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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The medical internship GCW course is a great experience on many levels. It was a hands-on-experience for me to garner knowledge on myself as an individual and my surroundings to refine my decisions of career choices in the future. I came into the course with a clear vision of what I wanted to pursue as a higher education, but gave no thought to the aftermath, my life afterwards. This internship gave an insight of what my life could look like then.

 

Dressed in scrubs in OR

Group photo: us dressed in scrubs inside OR

I have learned many intricate things from this course, mostly focused on the lifestyle of doctors as well as the functionality of hospitals, or at least a top-notch hospital, Bumrungrad. I have only been to hospitals as a patient and have seen the clinic ward. To be given VIP access to hospital rooms such as the operation rooms, the MRI scanning rooms and the drug distribution room was very engaging. I felt like the illusion was lifted in a magic show, but the magic of the performance was still intact because of the efficacy and intent of the procedures. We were able to witness an open-body operation where the ovaries were removed as well as a hysteroscopy (polypectomy – remove polyps from the uterus). I’ve learned that I actually have a strong stomach and I am comfortable in a surgical setting. However I feel the drug robots were even more fascinating, so I feel secure that I have chosen to pursue the medical engineering field with electronics. Seeing the control rooms for MRIs was also rewarding because I have had this curiosity of how MRIs are like ever since I have taken psychology. There were many more things I’ve learned in terms of functionality of the hospital such as the physical therapy and labor and deliver ward.

Blurry placenta

 

Drug robot

What really make Bumrungrad stand out for me was how it was not contained within a bubble of the privileged only. We participated in a Mobile Clinic program where we went to the Cha Weng (slum in Bangkok) and helped volunteered doctors examine and administer treatments to people there. Along with a friend of mine, we helped each other with our difficulties in our Thai to communicate with the ‘patients’ and take their blood pressure and write down their symptoms for the doctor to consider and diagnose. That for me was very fun. I loved the feeling of making a contribution.

In conclusion I have gotten much more than I expected as well as not experience things that I were not up to expectations. I would have loved it if we were able to experience more things like how we touched a placenta and went inside the operation rooms. But I understand that Bumrungrad is not a teaching hospital and the freedom they have given us is already a great allowance as well as their commitment to their patients by adhering to confidentiality rules. I wished we could really have split up into smaller groups (not groups of 20 people) so that we were able to subtly observe more natural working environments of the doctors instead of receiving a tour.

Pharmacy center

 

From this internship I have even more respect for doctors, their work, and their dedication to the community. I have learned many technical aspects of healthcare and medicine as well as my own dedication to what I’ll be pursuing. It has been a great and memorable experience, this internship has been.

Me seen through a small MRI machine

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When I chose to take Medical Internship as my GCW course, I intended to explore different medical fields and possibly dissuade myself from having a medical career.  I have always been interested in medicine, however because I was (and still am) unsure of which field I would like to specialize in. I felt that taking this course would give me an idea as to whether medicine would suit me. Either way, I find myself still very interested in working towards a medical career.  The most important piece of information that I have learned was that there is an enormous variety of specialties in medicine. I was pleased to hear this, as now I know that there probably will be a job that I will be interested in.  Also, throughout the course, I have learned and gained more interest in other areas that have been introduced to me. As for now, I feel more assured that I want to pursue this career; however I do plan to do more exploration. Obviously, there is plenty to discover about this subject before I make my final decisions.

After attending the course, I believe that I have become more open to new experiences and things that I learn. I realize that I need to be more mature about certain things, especially if I chose to work in medicine. For instance, during Dr. Montri’s (neurosurgeon) presentation, he mentioned that sometimes doctors have to “let a patient go.”  As difficult as it is to accept, these would be one of the challenges (provided that I become a surgeon) I would have to face. Other instances wherein it would be best not to object, complain, reject, etc would be when respecting one’s decisions.  As a teenager, I sometimes find myself acting in this way, unintentionally. Especially after taking this course, I realize that it is not professional, and rude to act this way, in front of anyone.

I expected this trip to be scheduled in a completely different way, which was the main difference of the trip from my expectations. Out of all the reflections we wrote beforehand, I assumed that we would be talking to doctors in the fields we had selected. I expected that we were to have longer periods of time with the doctors, in order to have a more in-depth conversation, asking more specific questions such as procedures and facts rather than the income, or necessary credentials.  In general, I felt that we needed more time with each doctor or at a station. Then again, now that I think of it, I had forgotten to consider that the hospital was operating during our visits.  On the other hand, knowing that most meetings would include both Patana and ISB, I did expect that it would be more difficult for all of us to participate whether it makes us uncomfortable or simply because of the time, I for one became very quiet during the meetings (I prefer smaller groups).

Finally, the most rewarding experience that I had on this trip was the mobile home. I know that I hardly did anything to assist those at the clinic, however I did appreciate being able to actually experience what happens in a mobile clinic. When I get a job, I want to know how to give back to a community, and through watching what happens in a mobile clinic, I could see how rewarding it is to help others in need. I remember hearing the doctor warning us that telling others that “you want to be a doctor to help humanity” was a dull excuse and no one will accept it.  However, I truthfully do not want to forget to do this amidst a busy life. I can say that it is not the reason I am interested in medicine, rather, this may be how I would help others through my skill. Overall,  I would give the trip 4 stars out of 5. Taking this trip was a great help to me. It provided me with more reliable information regarding my current interests in medicine, as well as introduced me to new knowledge of medicine. Basically, I found that trip was complete. Taking the course taught us beyond what doctors do, and what life in the hospital is like, and further on to its ties to the community as well as introduced us to other factors that contribute to providing healthcare.

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At first, when I heard about this course in Freshman year, I thought that we were actually going to be able to do hands-on stuff with the doctors and help them in their everyday life. However, Medical Internship wasn’t about helping out with the doctors, it was more about learning about what happens behind the scenes at a hospital.

I learned that Bumrungrad has many social service projects, such as free surgeries for the underprivileged, or doctors who travel to the poorer neighborhoods to treat patients. The group had the privilege of traveling with the hospital’s mobile clinic, and got to see first hand how some people live. We could also see the many people who were extremely grateful for the doctors who volunteer their time and effort to help those in need.

Also, I learned that many Thais had certain beliefs, so they had C-sections to have their baby be born on a particular day, at a particular time, so Bumrungrad hospital had to separate the C-section cases into two categories: one patient-requested, and the other for emergency cases.

I used to think being a doctor would mean late nights and numerous legal cases from angry patients. But that was not the case. The lifestyle depended on what type of doctor you were.

As I learned about numerous doctors, I realized that there were many doctors: there were General Practitioners to specialized doctors. I am very interested in the OB/GYN unit because it seems very easy, and I’d like to know how to properly take care of myself as well. But as one doctor said, doctors never treat themselves, so I should FIND a good gynecologist instead.

The most challenging part of this trip was keeping up with the systems of the hospital. There were doctors, nurses, business managers, pharmacists; it was all over the place. But I learned quickly from this experience that the jobs in the hospital aren’t just doctors and nurses. There are a lot of other jobs as well.

The most rewarding was listening to the lectures of numerous doctors, because I was able to learn a lot of the doctor’s lifestyle and emotional toll as they deal with patients.

Medical Internship was a good learning experience, and I got a deeper understanding of what it truly is like to be a doctor.

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