I’m Tasfeen Billah, a 3rd Year Medical Student at Curtin University in Australia
I devote a lot of time to getting my 5km time to below 25mins.
So, why medicine? Who or what inspired you to go to Medical School?
Lots of things - I liked the subject academically, I found that it was a good fit for my personality and interests, and I felt that it was a good opportunity to further my additional passion for global health and equity.
What’s been your highlight so far in Medical School?
Forgetting the Pt's name 3 times in the same second year respiratory Hx OSCE in 2018 ;)
In all seriousness though, it's probably been getting involved with the Australian Medical Students Association. It's broadened my scope of what medical students and junior doctors are capable of, and I've also met some inspirational people through my work with them. More than anything else, I've learned that often the best doctors aren’t necessarily the smartest, the most connected, or the most senior, but those who are advocates for their patients.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to somebody about to start Medical School?
Do something other than just medical school in medical school. Even doing medical research counts as an extracurricular pursuit. The best doctors I've met are all passionate about something other than maximising marks and exam gamesmanship.
Aside from medicine, what are you passionate about?
Lots of things! I'm very interested in politics, economics, and history. I love reading all sorts of things. I also devote a lot of time to getting my 5km time to below 25mins and becoming a better cook.
McBurney’s Point, a medical term or a cheese?
Just hearing that term so close to exams gives me acute abdo
Grey’s Anatomy or ER
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