You are reading this article because you have probably been accepted into medical school, would like to apply, or are just curious. Congratulations if you have been accepted into medical school, and don't give up if you are still applying.
I am sure you feel accomplished and excited about this next chapter of your life. Below is a list of things you may not know that you get to do as a first-year medical school.
As a medical student, you are required to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. This will cost less than R400 (This is subject to change). Your medical school will supply you with the application form, which you will fill, deposit the application fee, and return the filled form, certified identity document, and deposit slip. These will be sent to the council, and HPCSA will send your certificates to your respective medical schools.
You get to buy and use your stethoscope.
To practice how to measure blood pressure manually, one of the required equipment is a stethoscope.
Learn how to measure blood pressure
Although blood pressure is usually not measured manually at your local health facility, it is essential to know the technique just in case you happen to need it.
Visit the dissecting hall for the first time
The DH is where you conduct your anatomy practicals. You will learn the theory in class (or zoom due to the current pandemic), and then you get to see the actual structures in the human bodies (cadavers). You get to dissect in groups.
Buy your laboratory coat.
One of the requirements to enter the dissecting hall is a lab coat (some universities use scrubs). Therefore, some students, get to wear your lab coat for the first time.
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