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I’ve just come across news about the new Batman comic series, Batman Incorporated. The plot is simple: Bruce Wayne has returned as the original Batman and will be stepping out of Gotham to visit different countries around the world to fight crime there and employ new local Batmen. I was really surprised to not see the flag of Egypt on the comic cover. It should be there! Why is Batman visiting Japan in the first place? I think he should take a look at this…
…and may be he’ll change his mind. We actually need a batch of Batmen here!
Well, just by chance today I came across the Egyptian version of Wikipedia. I was surprised. All the articles are in common modern Egyptian dialect of Arabic, known as Masri. I’m not against the idea, but I’m still not supporting it.
Firstly, the current language spoken in Egypt (Masri) is not a standalone language. It’s just a dialect of Arabic. In Wikipedia it’s called Egyptian Arabic. So, it’s as humorous as creating a Wikipedia written in the southern dialect of American English. P.S. Egypt had a different language long ago called Egyptian, that evoluted into Coptic; it is not related to Arabic or to Masri. It was being spoken in Egypt until the 17th century. It’s not spoken at present. Just so that it’s not to be confused with Masri.
Secondly, in Egypt, the official language by which all formal, scientific, and educational affairs are managed is Arabic. Masri is not recognized by the government, and thus does not have any role in education or scientific research, or in applying knowledge for the benefit of people. You can’t write a scientific paper in Masri, for instance, but you can write it in Arabic. So, how can this Masri wikipedia be useful?
A couple of days back I was on the way to the university hospital in the morning. It had been raining for a couple of days in upper Egypt, and so the streets were pretty wet, and mud was everywhere. The hospital is thankfully around 10 minutes walk from my home, and so I go walking everyday.
That day I had to find a clean path to walk on. The shopkeepers usually use the pavement as a lawful public exhibition for their goods, and so I had to walk by the side of the street. I walked for a few minutes but mud started to become deeper, and so I shifted myself even more outwards. Mud ponds started to become wider as well, so I kept going outwards and outwards and…
And then I realized that I had been walking in the middle of the street!
Cars were moving everywhere around me. I had to cross the street quickly to avoid ending my life. Well, we know there’s no decent sewage systems in Egypt, but at least give us a pavement to walk on, please!
Today was my pediatrics round exam.
Official papers said we should be at the pediatrics hospital by 9 am.
And I was there by 9 am.
Examinations did not start until 10:30 am.
I, and my friends of the same section, did not take the exam until 1:30 pm. That’s 4.5 hours away from 9 am. No need to mention – because it’s expected – that we had been standing; no chairs to sit on. By the time I entered the exam room, I was really tired and sweaty all over. I had lots of mental blocks, and I missed some really easy questions which I’m sure would’ve got them right if it wasn’t for that long wait. But overall, I did well.
Now to the cases. There were 5 live cases and 5 written questions.
Among the live cases were sleeping ones. A young boy who was to be checked for central cyanosis was sleeping, and it was difficult to check his lips. I wanted to check his tongue which would’ve been more accurate, but it was impossible to do so as you see.
The other case asked if there was jaundice in a young girl with earrings (in which the case report mentioned it was a boy!), but unfortunately she was sleeping as well. It was impossible to lift up her eyelids to check out her sclerae. So, I just went by the skin complexion which showed no jaundice.
Other funny cases included a Down syndrome case where the mother knew the head circumference of her child, and so kept on telling every student the answer to make the whole process faster. The other had a 16-year-old boy (who looked much younger) who kept saying aloud “I have pitting edema” . Another one had the ends of the imaginary liver span marked with a pen on the child’s skin (I think one of the students made it), so you didn’t need to get the upper border by percussion and the lower by palpation.
Some guys received phone calls from students who had just finished the exam with all the answers. I can’t emphasize on that enough, but that was the most exciting news that day to most of the students.
All in all it was a not-very-funny big joke. A joke which convinced me more and more that we’re just playing doctors.
A few transcripts from an interesting article about medical training in Egypt and its numerous defects, that made me think; Are we playing doctors or what?
Despite attempts on the part of the Doctors Syndicate, the number of medical school students continues to explode, leading to an oversupply of untrained and ill-experienced doctors
During our internships, we are broken into groups and are supposed to shadow doctors, but because the number of students in the groups is usually very high, often many students don’t show up and the doctors don’t care, explains Dr. Adham Aboul Fotouh. This means that you can graduate but you haven’t fulfilled the practical part.
This is where the problem begins, says Dr. Mohamed Shaalan. If you are among the top 100 students in your class, then you are selected to be a tutor within your school. This is something reserved for the precious few. As for the rest of the students, they have a huge personal burden they have to carry.
So till when is the situation going to remain like that? We’re not talking about how expensive bread is, or how crowded transportation has become. We’re talking about human lives. We’re talking about the divine and holy profession of Medicine, a profession which should not be treated this way.
Read the whole article (Playing Doctor) at Business Today Egypt