Friday, July 04, 2008

an unexpected twist

How do you handle bad news?

A. Depressed and lock yourself up in a room and keep crying.
B. Switch on your denial mode and think that it never happens.
C. Angry and try to blame everyone and everything except yourself.
D. Be optimistic and try to find the best way to deal with the bad news.
E. Share the bad news with your best friend or family and ask them for help.

I would choose option D and perhaps E, but sometimes I don't want to cause unnecessary worry to my family or friends biggrin. They already have enough worries and problems in their life and I don't want to burden them with my own little problem.

I was seriously considering myself to sit for repeat exam for long case. I was not able to perform well in long case and I gave terrible answers to the questions asked by the examiners. The case was also complicated with a rare disease which I regrettably don't know much about the disease.

I received an email telling me that I failed my OSCE. I was surprised to read the email since I thought that I did well in my OSCE. Anyway, I have to sit for supplementary OSCE on this coming Thursday.

I am being optimistic here and I will switch on my nerd mode after this. I will try my best for my last chance to redeem myself from this failure.

"Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up."


Adzrul Ariff said...

Oh. I'm really sorry to hear the bad news, I can imagine how you must have felt and I've been through the same situation before. It's good that you have opted to be optimistic about it, I know I did and saved myself from unnecessary stress. I had more time to study and ended up faring better in my second attempt.

All the best for the re-taking. You can do it!

Ummu Layth said...

having a 2nd chance at anything is celebratory

i admire your courage. good luck!! 2nd time's the charm.

hafiz238 said...

@adzrul, the news took me by surprise. A twist in my journey as a medical student. Thanks for the wish. I'm going to work harder this time :)

@aliya, I guest I need all the luck now :). This time, I can't really tell whether I will pass or not just based on my gut feeling, like last time. Hopefully I will be able to hear good news when the result come out later....

Ummu Layth said...

inshaAllah it will be ok. having to repeat doesn't mean you're less of a good medical's just sometimes lots of factors that we can't control(e.g the examiner, the hospital, the patient, even the weather!) influence how we do and what we achieve.

at least you chose option D. i would've gone with option A or C!

hafiz238 said...

I believe that in the future we will facing more challenging obstacles that may involve our career or even our reputation as a doctor.

If I'm not able to cope with this problem, I'm not sure whether I'm able to face the problem in the future too.

Hopefully, I will be able to pass through this repeat OSCE....

mosh said...

*cheering up for hafiz*

takpe. you're given a second lease of life. seize the opportunity.

hafiz238 said...

@ mosh, thank you :). I really appreciate it.