Peter videoed and compiled this documentary from his trip to Guatemala in January 2015. It gives you a good overview of what the medical team did there.


A more serious video from Peter…

Peter shares his experience and wonder at his heart surgery experience. And he also reminds us of 10,000 Days premiere on today!

Peter chats a little on his birthday. This is a short video, so enjoy.

Peter talks about his new rotation.

Video blog from Peter before the night before the peds exam.

Peter recorded this on the run, as he often does, and it is fine at the beginning and the end, but he turned against the wind, so to speak, mid-way and it became very noisy. I’ve tried to transcribe, but there are parts I just can’t quite make out. I’ve put ?? in the text at these questionable areas. If you hear them better than I do, let me know.

Hey, guys… So I realized that one of the reasons that I haven’t been recording is a simple practicality because I’m using a cell phone that’s broken… essentially smashed to pieces on account of having been in the back pocket of a 13 year old skateboarder for some months. So while I’m waiting for the new iPhone5 to come out, I’m back on mere speakers (? Not sure about that) I lost my phone in Florida. I think I told you that story before. What I realized though is just the simple fact of having to work harder to record. Y’know, having to find or get my laptop or something, transfer things and edit them – that’s what preventing me from actually chatting to you guys so I’m going to remedy that.

Now this may be pretty shaky and maybe kind of blurry because the phone’s all tricked up but here I am anyway … (??) I had my final week of peds (pediatrics) … ?? clinic has been awesome. I’m loving it. Seeing a lot of regular, you know, sore throats, runny noses, waxy ears – that kind of thing. Also doing refugee peds, which is so interesting. So fulfilling. And now we’re in the last couple of days, …clinical exam Wednesday, written exam Friday. Sorry to see it go. You know, I’m not going to score up in the 90’s percentile like the smart kids, but I think I’m going to do ok. I’ve learned a lot. I’m very pleased with the stuff I’ve learned.

One of the things, of course, that you frequently come across is that thing of making change easy, you know. Like the phone here. Anything that gets in the way of changing something in your life makes it just that much less likely to happen, so try to keep it simple. Keep it simple, boney dimple, as they used to say back in London. Actually, I don’t think anyone said that apart from Gary Love. So, little chats coming again. I’ll check in with you again, maybe the night before the exam, the written exam. See if I still think I’m going to do all right. And until then… say you what (??), it’s busy out on the track tonight.

Peter took this opportunity to answer a few questions that had been sent in. Bev Shihara read the questions. I’ll post these one at a time.

Bev: Here are a couple. What did you think would be your biggest challenge with going back to school and has that issue, or issues, been your biggest challenge? That’s from Susan Arnold, by the way.

PW: OK, Susan, here’s the answer. I thought it would be difficult to do the same thing every day. I am so used to, even a movie or mini-series, even something like Riverworld that I did for two months, that was a long time to be playing the same character. ‘Cause doing something like Highlander, where I played the same guy for year after year after year, I was doing other things as well. I’m just not used to showing up being the same person day after day after day. I thought that might be a struggle for me and I’ve not found that to be a problem at all. All through the last two years, showing up to lectures every day, I’ve never felt it’s really time I did something different ‘cause I’m genuinely interested by the stuff that I’m doing. Switching now to being on the wards, it’s …

Psychiatry was never the same twice. That was kind of the cool thing about it. It’s one of the really appealing things about it. You go in, you have no idea what people are going to say. People would say. People would say sometimes disturbing things and so you’re always wondering what’s going to happen next. And then some days you’d go in and nothing weird would happen at all, which is also disturbing.

But now I’m doing family med and each week you go in and I guess, an average day, is probably about fifteen or sixteen people and everybody is coming in with something different. I mean, you’ll get bursts of kind of everybody’s got a virus and they’ve all got runny noses and sore throats but mixed in with that you’ll have people who’ve hurt their ankle or somebody’s got wax in their ear or somebody who’s woken up in the middle of the night with their heart pounding and they have no idea why, so there’s never a sense of it’s always the same thing. So that’s what I was most worried about and it’s not panned out at all so far.

Post “The Exam”, Peter shares some thoughts on it and where he is right now in school.

Following the exam, Peter takes a few minutes to reflect…