Patience with Patients

In South Africa we have something called the Patient’s Rights Charter. It is a set of rights and responsibilities for all patients, regardless of age, race or social standing, to ensure that all South Africans have access to basic health care. One of the rights that a patient is entitled to is the right to […]

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Breaking Up With Perfectionism

Perfectionism is defined as the refusal to accept any standard short of perfect. The refusal to accept anything that is flawed or faulted. The refusal to accept anything but the best. The trouble is though… Perfect DOES NOT EXIST. There is nothing on this big green planet that is not in some way flawed. Yet […]

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Stop the Glorification of Busy

When I was scrolling through my Pinterest news feed recently I found something that really resonated with me. It was  small picture with a powerful message: It really got me thinking. Why is it that in 2016 we place so much value on being busy? And more importantly, why are we allowing this? How often do […]

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Less is More (More or Less)

Earlier this year my boyfriend and I talked about moving house. We currently stay in a beautiful (but very small) apartment and we were both longing for somewhere which had more space. We spent evenings on the computer, trawling the internet for something which suited our taste and budget. On Sundays we went to show […]

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Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Recent studies have shown that the average doctor interrupts his or her patients eighteen seconds into taking a history. Eighteen. Seconds. Consider what a tiny amount of time that really is for a patient to tell his story to the doctor he has waited four hours to see. The dialogue usually goes something like this: […]

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Be Kind to Yourself

So despite the fact that this blog is entitled The South African Intern, I have actually completed my internship and am currently undergoing my compulsory year of community service. The process of community service works like this: in the August prior to your community service year you send an application form to the Department of […]

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27 Lessons for 27 Years

This weekend I turn 27. Which is rather discomforting, because I am closer than ever to being THIRTY. Eek. I could be sad and eat cupcakes all day, but insteadΒ I’m choosing to feel grateful, and excited, and hopeful for what lies ahead. So I’m celebrating my 27th birthday with a reminder to myself, that each […]

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Why I Love Yoga

For most of my life I feel like I’ve been in a battle with my body. I remember at 13 deciding that I didn’t like how my body looked, and as a result I needed to go on diet. I had a very normal 13 year old body, and wasn’t by any means overweight. But […]

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Reflecting on Internship

So in December 2015 something kind of a big deal happened. My two years of internship came to an end… Can I get a hell yes! Given the fact that it was the most grueling and intense two years of my life, I felt like it deserved a blog post all of its own. Medicine […]

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Long Distance Friendship

When I was 14 and in my first year of high school, I met my Best Friend. Yes, I’m spelling Best Friend with capital letters. Yes, she’s that big of a deal. Any way, at that timeΒ we both played netball, and on one particular bus trip back from a match we bonded over our mutual […]

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