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Visa Guidelines is back

Alhamdulillah, I got married to a lovely lady by the name of Sarah and we're enjoying our new phase in life since that momentous day.

And yeah, I graduated from the University of Nottingham and thus, escaping from the evil clutches of my medical school. woot2! probably needs a post on this as well but yeah, maybe later.

at the bottom of this blog, there is an article on visa guidelines for medical students graduated from UK medical schools under MARA scholarship who are planning to work as an FY1 doctor in the UK.

After all, it was my visa guidelines which i made 5 years ago that helped me to get to know a lot of people and for some, have now become my close friends. And it helped a lot of other people as well. So I hope that this guideline would ease your efforts a bit. Visa application is always confusing.

Scroll down to the bottom for the guideline

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


It was still winter at that time. The coldness in that room didn't seem to differ from the atmosphere outside. It was probably the air-conditioner, or perhaps it was that peculiar feeling of fear towards the unknown; that mixture disposition of excitement and timorousness. The module convenor walked into the tasking room along with his favourite biochemistry lecturer. The presence of the two lecturers seemed to illuminate the gloominess that appeared to be surrounding that dull room...

...or it might just be his imagination.

So basically, that was how I felt on the 1st day in the Dissection Room. And it was also the very 1st time I met my cadaver - the cadaver that my group members and I have spent so many hours with in this whole year right from 29th January till 3rd December 2010. 

At first, I have to say that I was quite nervous cause I was unsure of what to expect but after several weeks passed, I learned to be familiarized with the cadaver. Let me just explain some of the things that people could probably be wondering what's going on in that freaky room.

The Rumour
And the rumour that cadavers smell; well, they don't actually. At least, mine wasn't. The only odour that will stick to your clothes for hours and hours would be the chemical which we would usually spray at the end of the session. But I never really get nauseated by the smell, so alhamdulillah for that. And the rumour that there are male cadavers only; well, there are female cadavers as well cause we still need to learn about the fairer sex.

The Tools
And the tools that we used; well it ranges from a saw to a butcher's knife, or even chisel and hammer. Interesting, ain't it?

The Dissection
And the dissection; I would truly miss it. That's the best part of anatomy I think. I can still remember the parts which I managed to dissect and got the lecturer's attention - the skin (haha), the anatomical snuff box and the posterior cruciate ligament. The thing which most people dislike, is the last 30 minutes of every session - the assessment!

The Assessment
I have developed a skill on how to hide from my lecturer in his or her presence, thanks to this assessment part. Below is a list of dissection sessions that we had throughout the year along with the grade which I obtained and the topic that we covered. I don't really mind writing it down cause they're not that impressive.

Sem 2:

Week 1 - C - Mediastinum
Week 2 - B - Triangles of the Neck
Week 3 - A - Roots of Neck
Week 4 - Safe! - Flexor compartments of upper limb
Week 5 - Safe! - Wrist and hand
Week 6 - C - Extensor compartments of upper limb
Week 7 - A - Thigh (Anterior and medial)
Week 8 - Safe! - Gluteal region and thigh (Posterior)
Week 9 - Unknown - Leg, popliteal fossa, leg and foot
Week 10 - Unknown - Joints of the lower limb

In Sem 3, I decided to write down the names of my lecturers that assessed us for avenging purposes.

Sem 3:

Week 1 - Unknown - Abdominal Wall - BP
Week 2 - Unknown - GI tract - BP
Week 3 - Safe! - Pancreas, Gall Bladder, Liver - HS
Week 4 - Safe! - Posterior Body Wall, Kidneys, Diaphragm - LE
Week 5 - B - Bony Pelvis and Contents - WE
Week 6 - Safe! - Perineum - RG
Week 7 - B - Pelvic Organs - BR
Week 8 - Safe! - Back and Spinal Cord - BP
Week 9 - Safe! - Face, Jaw and Scalp - BR
Week 10 - B - Brain, Cranial Nerves, Skull - PR
Week 11 - Safe! - Oral Cavity, Nasal Cavity, Pharynx & Larynx - RG
Week 12 - Pending (it's this Thu) - Eye and Ear - RG (I think)

1 session is about 3 hours, thus 21 sessions means we've spent about 63 hours with the cadaver. Wow! And the very last session would be cadaver-less.

Anyway, it has been quite heck of a year. Truth be told, I enjoyed the dissections in the previous semester better. Truth be told, I'm scared that I might choose anatomy as my project for 3rd year. Cause I really like anatomy but I don't know, I never scored well.

Actually yesterday, I went to the funeral for the cadavers. My cadaver was scheduled to be cremated this morning but I didn't really have a friend to go with me today so I went to the funeral yesterday. Initially, I thought we'd be in a large room and we could see the fire being lit up as it engulfs the coffin. Me and my imagination~

It was quite pleasant I think. We all went into the chapel at the crematorium and sat to listen to the persons entitled to deliver the services. The interesting part is, our module convenor was one of the people and she was the last one. Cool giler!

"And surely to our Lord we must return."
(Az-Zukhruf, 43:14)

So, the coffins which were brought into the chapel were put behind the curtains and later, when the curtains were drawn and reopened, they vanished...

6 reviews:

  1. Fascinating!
    Though I may not comprehend fully ;)
    Never thought they'd have a funeral for the deceased/ cadaver.
    But they were also a living person before, so I suppose it is necessary..

  2. You know, some of these funerals were only attended by medical students and there were no family members around. Quite sad when you think about it

  3. Interesting...

    Assessment, i also play "hide and seek" with my lecturers... :p

    p/s: i do prefer limbs rather than the head and neck~~

    and this post is interesting, i love this post, and if i am not mistaken, this is the 2nd post after the post relates to Nottingham achievement with the red card picture...

    thanks, I've been influenced much by this blog since first i met this blog when i was in bds preparation program... :) may Allah bless you always...

  4. i guess everyone loves playing that game with their lecturers then :P

    p/s: couldn't agree more. the limbs were somehow very fascinating with all those dainty muscles, subhanallah

    yes, basically this is the 2nd post which i don't really talk about myself. hahaha, just kidding. i have been quite off from telling about nottingham. so, i thought i might as well get back to telling what's so great about this place, heh

    oh, so u're a dentist to be then. how very grateful i am to find out that my scribblings were read by you and you seem to grow fond of it.

    alhamdulillah :)

    may Allah bless you, Abdul Hayy ;)

  5. Sorry... it is not a Nottingham Achievement as I wrote in previous comment, but it is a Nottingham Advantage Award... ;)