April 2015

Thesis Boot Camp snapshot

Squishy block image

24 participants, 1 Peta Freestone, dispensing tough love, 2.5 days to focus only on getting words down, 514 hours of writing in total, 20 pizzas, 32 ice creams, 48 bagels, 2 jars of pickles, innumerable cups of tea and coffee, 46 squishy blocks delightedly received: 23 green, 16 blue, 5 red, 2 gold, a breakthrough where a  previously un-noticed pattern emerged from the data, a realisation of how it all fits together, an almost finished first draft, a quietly muttered ‘I’ve got this’, 1 cemetery, no casualties, some tears, some stretching, 244 000 words written.

Now who wants to come to the next one...?

Supratentorian simulation

‘I’d say its probably supratentorian,’ the consultant pronounced, a slight smirk that only one of the gaggle of junior doctors noted, as they loitered at the end of your bed. If you’re ever hospitalised and you overhear this word you should be relieved. At least you know there’s nothing physically wrong with you. The idea that something might be ‘all in the mind,’ and whether doctors and nurses should discuss their patient’s condition in front of them were two themes that came up in the debrief with the students in the simulation training room at Whipps Cross hospital.