Jo is a neuroscience graduate, charity worker, sailor, haphazard cook and (mature) medical student. Oh, and she has a fear of needles. Having never seriously entertained the idea of being a doctor, except once age seven when her teacher asked her what she wanted to be, Jo worked her way through a series of less and less appealing career choices before realising that medical school was inevitable. She still isn’t 100 per cent sure it’s the right choice, but when is one actually sure about anything?

She is studying on a four-year graduate-entry medicine course in the UK,
where her questions are mainly “when people say I’m brave, do they actually mean stupid?”, and “how can one city have so many different kinds of concrete?”.


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  1. I’m a soon to be FMF corpsman in A school, and your stories certainly help this guy with the same phobia. Which reminds me- We’re doing IV and needlework tomorrow. Ack.

    • Oh thank you, I’m so glad it helps to read my rambling. I think there’ll definitely be more stories to come once I get into hospital in September, probably not all good. Good luck to you!

  2. This has been really insightful for me. I still have no idea “what I want to be when I grow up” but I thought a job in medicine would be out of the question because of my trypanophobia. Actually, I thought a lot of stuff would be out of the question because of it. But seeing what you’ve done, all the GOOD that you’ve done… now I have more hope.
    And to top it all off, you’re amusing to read. ☺
    Thank you.

    • Hi Bailey, gosh I’m terrible at replying to these things! But lovely to see your nice message. So it seems a career in medicine is doable despite trypanophobia. Are you going to do it?

  3. I found your blog while doing an online search for dealing with needle phobias in med school, and I really love everything you’ve written on the topic!

    I’m not in med school, but over the next couple years I’ll be completing a degree with a fairly extensive clinical component. I’m absolutely terrified of fainting while observing medical procedures. I’ve tried to do some informal exposure therapy by watching as many YouTube videos as I can find, but I’m still so worried. Do you have any tips for staying calm (and conscious) during these situations?

  4. Hello, I’m the marketing assistant for Medicine Books at Oxford University Press. I’m writing to you to ask if you would be interested in reviewing upcoming medical titles to post on your blog? If interested, please email me at eleanor.wray.contractor@oup.com

      • Hi,
        We are looking for active student bloggers in the online medical community to read and review new and upcoming titles from Oxford University Press such as An Introduction to Medical Statistics, Oxford Specialty Training in Medicine and Oxford Cases in Medicine and Surgery, as well as our Oxford Handbooks in Medicine. As a reviewer for Oxford University Press, you would be one of the first to read these titles and to post reviews of the books online.

        If this sounds like an opportunity that would interest you, please do get in touch through email: eleanor.wray.contractor@oup.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
        Best wishes,

  5. Stumbled across this! Really love it, your posts are short and sweet. I’m a final year med student and also writing my own blog too, no where as developed as yours though.
    Haven’t seen any fresh posts in a while- life might have gotten busy! Hope you have time to update this soon:)

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