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I did rostered overtime and it is always paid.

Evenings/nights/weekends are included in the roster, yes. When do you work weekends you end up going into paid rostered overtime.
Thanks for your reply. Then, do/did you work/ed significantly more than a 40hr week or do rosters include days off during ‘normal business hours’ when you work out of hours shifts?
 

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Thanks for your reply. Then, do/did you work/ed significantly more than a 40hr week or do rosters include days off during ‘normal business hours’ when you work out of hours shifts?
Sorry I disappeared for a while!

As an intern? Highly variable. Some weeks you are rostered for 38-40 hours. Other weeks you are rostered for up to 45-50 hours (uncommon though). Rosters can include days off on normal business hours where you work out of hours shifts, yes.
 

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Thank you very much for the information.
I am impressed that you continue to tutor as a BPT. My daughter has tutored high school students throughout Uni but she started winding back last year and next year when she is an intern, she will only have one Yr 12 student left.
 

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Thank you very much for the information.
I am impressed that you continue to tutor as a BPT. My daughter has tutored high school students throughout Uni but she started winding back last year and next year when she is an intern, she will only have one Yr 12 student left.
That's very nice of you!

I had wound back my tutoring significantly going into internship myself - the job is quite tiring. At the moment I do teach a couple of classes but I also am doing a lot of book-writing for my company (Decode)!
 

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Hi everyone! I'm Thushan and I am currently a medical registrar at Monash Health. I completed my MBBS at Monash University in 2017.

I would be very happy to offer my time on this forum to anyone who has any questions about what it is like studying medicine, and what it is like being a doctor.

For Year 12 students who are thinking about pursuing Medicine, this is the place to ask questions!
The medical school I'm with issued a list of 'prescribed' and 'recommended' books often with electronic access. My question is if it would be a good idea to own a couple of them like Gray's anatomy for students, Netters (this isn't on the list but I hear that the illustrations are good) & maybe Kumar's Pathology as aids to fully get an overview on specific topics. I understand that the lectures & materials will be sufficient.
Also, I would appreciate your thoughts on productivity tools like ANKI & Notion which I hear are quite popular among students & your best note-taking methods?
Would appreciate your insights. Thank you.
 
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The medical school I'm with issued a list of 'prescribed' and 'recommended' books often with electronic access. My question is if it would be a good idea to own a couple of them like Gray's anatomy for students, Netters (this isn't on the list but I hear that the illustrations are good) & maybe Kumar's Pathology as aids to fully get an overview on specific topics. I understand that the lectures & materials will be sufficient.
Also, I would appreciate your thoughts on productivity tools like ANKI & Notion which I hear are quite popular among students & your best note-taking methods?
Would appreciate your insights. Thank you.
Anatomy and physiology textbooks are certainly plentiful. Definitely would own at least one anatomy and one physiology textbook:
  • Anatomy - Gray's Anatomy for Students; simple, to the point, no BS. Netter's Clinical Anatomy is also very much on point.
  • Physiology - there are two textbooks, both of which I really like:
    • Guyton and Hall - this is the one so many students swear by, and it is certainly a legendary textbook. There is a fair amount of detail to this but is explained very well.
    • Boron - this is (in my opinion) the best medical physiology textbook, but it does take some getting used to. This textbook is quite thick, and teaches everything from first principles so you actually understand the stuff amazingly well although you do need to spend a little time reading it. Once you get past that initial "wtf" moment you realise how brilliant it is.
  • Pathology
    • Robbins and Cotran is probably my go-to reference book here. Wouldn't be reading this cover to cover, but is certainly a very helpful reference that goes back to first principles.
The lecture notes work as a pretty good summary and is a window into what exam questions the lecturer might set.

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Funny - I only learnt about ANKI this year. Absolute godsend of an app. Used it more often than I have ever used a flashcard app.
I used ANKI heavily whilst studying for my BPT written exams - was an absolute gem. Cannot recommend it enough.
Accumulate flashcards throughout the year - when you notice you keep forgetting a particular fact you want to be able to pull out of your head instantly, stick it straight onto your flashcards.
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Note taking - the main purpose of note taking is to help you actually pay attention to what you are digesting/reading. Diagrams, flowcharts and figures are your friend. To be honest, what I'd say here is - whatever study methods you used at school, use those, they served you well enough to get into med school, continue using those methods.
 

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Anatomy and physiology textbooks are certainly plentiful. Definitely would own at least one anatomy and one physiology textbook:
  • Anatomy - Gray's Anatomy for Students; simple, to the point, no BS. Netter's Clinical Anatomy is also very much on point.
  • Physiology - there are two textbooks, both of which I really like:
    • Guyton and Hall - this is the one so many students swear by, and it is certainly a legendary textbook. There is a fair amount of detail to this but is explained very well.
    • Boron - this is (in my opinion) the best medical physiology textbook, but it does take some getting used to. This textbook is quite thick, and teaches everything from first principles so you actually understand the stuff amazingly well although you do need to spend a little time reading it. Once you get past that initial "wtf" moment you realise how brilliant it is.
  • Pathology
    • Robbins and Cotran is probably my go-to reference book here. Wouldn't be reading this cover to cover, but is certainly a very helpful reference that goes back to first principles.
The lecture notes work as a pretty good summary and is a window into what exam questions the lecturer might set.

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Funny - I only learnt about ANKI this year. Absolute godsend of an app. Used it more often than I have ever used a flashcard app.
I used ANKI heavily whilst studying for my BPT written exams - was an absolute gem. Cannot recommend it enough.
Accumulate flashcards throughout the year - when you notice you keep forgetting a particular fact you want to be able to pull out of your head instantly, stick it straight onto your flashcards.
____
Note taking - the main purpose of note taking is to help you actually pay attention to what you are digesting/reading. Diagrams, flowcharts and figures are your friend. To be honest, what I'd say here is - whatever study methods you used at school, use those, they served you well enough to get into med school, continue using those methods.
Thank you for your insights. Will give ANKI a shot! :)
 

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