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Friday, March 31, 2006

Hello Again,

I have been so busy this past week but I am fortunate to have today off to revise some of the anatomy that we have learnt! Dissection is very interesting and it has helped me learn lots more anatomy - it is hard work, however, and standing up for such long periods of time means I go home tired most days! We have an exam for this in one week time and I hear that it's usually hard.

My exam result from my last exam isn't back yet, and will probably take a few weeks.

How are you Reza? I hope you are well. Thank you for the picture you put up - I really like the way you have captured the patterns of the water. How are all the norouz celebrations going? Is university closed for norouz too?

Bye and Khodahafez,


posted by Payam @ 12:18 pm    0 comments

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

I'm so sorry for being late!
Although these days are new year holidays but first days i was busy for new year ceremonies and parities and after that i was busy for organizing my jobs like some researches we have done during last year and now we should write their papers and articles!
today is 8th day of new year and there is less than one week to going to university and hospital!
how are you dear payam?!
how was your exam result?!...i wait for your "Norouz" pictures...
i think if this weblog had more visitors it could encourage the writers to write more in quality and quantity!
i don't know how i can do it but i wish the project managers can solve it!
i took some photos these days and i like one of them more than others ,then i send it via this weblog for everybody especially dear payam and his family as a little new year gift!
have nice year!...
i wish i can return soon!


© Alireza Najafian

posted by reza @ 9:45 am    0 comments

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Exam is finished!


Well, I had my exam yesterday. It was only an hour and a quarter long, but it was really hard. At least it is out of the way now and I have a weekend off! (Hopefully I will make good use of it).

After the exam I went for a long walk from Tower Hill station (east London) to Victoria Station (in central London). It took me two hours, but it was really refreshing and was mostly along the River Thames. Exactly what I needed! My feet hurt, but it was worth it - the last week was really busy.

For the next two weeks I am doing a Selected Study Module - where the University gives us some choice over what we do. For me, this means two weeks of dissection - hopefully I will learn lots of Anatomy by doing this!


Of course, Monday was Norouz. I had a great time - norouz has always been a great time of the year for me. It really does mark the beginning of a change in the weather for the better! Our haft-sin (see below) is quite nice this year (perhaps I will put up a picture of it).


The haft-seen is a table with seven things beginnning with the persian letter 'seen' or S. It also has other things representing spring such as egg and goldfish as well as some watercress. Another important feature is a hyacinth (the fragrance has always been representative of the persian new year for me).

Persian new year is celebrated at the exact time of the Vernal Equinox (this year at 6.26pm GMT on Monday evening). This is the moment spring begins, and it marks the beginning of 13 days of celebration which end in seezdeh-bedar - which is when people go out to the countryside or a park for a picnic and drop the fully grown watercress into a river (representing a desire to make the entire world green). I am sure Reza will be able to say much more about this.

I hope you are well, Reza and look forward to hearing from you again. I am sure you have lots to say about norouz.

Best wishes, Bye and Khodahafez,


posted by Payam @ 2:13 pm    0 comments

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Happy "NOROUZ"!

Happy new year!....
Happy norouz....
today is the 2rd day of "farvardin" the first month of persian year...
payam is now getting ready for his exam and i waut for him...
here,in iran schools are off for 13 days as new year holiday!
bytheway,happy new year...
i will post more...

posted by reza @ 4:39 am    0 comments

Saturday, March 18, 2006

It's my turn!!

Hello everybody!...Hello payam!after some days far from routine life for dermatology exam, now i return here!

In Iran , medical education is based on lecture and clinical practice.after a 2.5 years period on basic science of medicine, there is a 1 year pathophysiology course.then students enter the hospital as a " stager ".after this,internship will starts and you are works in the hospital for education,you should have some night shifts and you are responsible for your patients.interns manage the patients with residents and consultant professors.


I feel a moderate foot pain!it is nor due to bones or joints neither due to skin!...(i don't know if this sentence is correct!...please help meee!)this pain started last night while i was walking and studying!it may seems so funny, but because i like sleep too much,when i want to be awake for studying,i should walk and read!i was walking around the house from 8 Am to 4 Am (next day!) with short time breaks!...then i think this pain is due to over activity!


Yesterday was a wonderful day for me!...
Akbar Ganji was released from the prison!....he was in the prison due to political challenges from 6 years ago....i will write more about him and Iran's political situations.


and the last interesting event! i met 3 old friend!...Amirhosein(we were in the same schools from kindergarten to high school),Reza(my high school classmate) and Mahdi(guidance school classmate).reviewing the memorials are always interesting....


2 days to spring....2 days to Persian new year:1385.
I will write more about Norouz if you are interested....and i will send some photos about this ancient ceremony even you are not interested!!!;)

PS: thank you payam for hiding my absence!...i promise to be more available!...if you prefer some subjects, we can focus on them for next posts,then I'm ready...tell your comments and ask your questions!....
Iprepared this post yesterday but i saved as a draft to add 3 photos to text but unsolved problems didn't let me to do it.i wish i can finde a new way to add photos inspite this low quality internet connection!

Truly yours:
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posted by reza @ 11:22 pm    1 comments

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Well, today was a pretty typical day so maybe it is a good idea to write about it and give an idea of what a typical day at medical school here is like.

I just got back from an IT Lab session. It was on fetal development and abnormalities. Some of the pictures we were shown were quite severe - lots of different conditions which can affect fetal development.

Before the IT Lab, we had two lectures (one on common diseases in childhood and one about childhood tumours). The first lecture was quite interesting. The lecturer was really good in my opinion; clearly very interested in his subject. The second was a quick overview of tumours in children - lots of microscope slides, most being really similar and difficult to tell apart!

Yesterday we had a 'Formative Assessment Workshop' - a chance to test our knowledge of what we have learnt over the past 4 weeks before the exam next Friday. I realized there are quite a few important areas I need to revise, although it was also nice to get an idea of what I have learnt so far. It looks like the class will be split into three for the exam due to clashes with other exams happening at the end of term - not the nicest thing that could happened but it shouldn't make a difference really.

Friday is a really full day - starting at 8am and finishing at 5pm. Starting before 9 is unusual in the first and second years of the course (it has only happened twice so far this year) and means I have to leave at 6am (a two hour rather than one hour long journey)!

I suppose Reza won't be posting until after his exam, which I think is on Thursday or Saturday. If you do have a look on here before then, Reza, good luck!

All the best,


posted by Payam @ 3:34 pm    3 comments

Monday, March 13, 2006

A bit more

Hello Again,

Thought I would write some more about myself...

I am British-Iranian but, having been born and raised here in the UK, my experience of Iran is limited to two short (2 week) holidays - both were amazing and enlightening; I look forward to hearing from Reza about his experiences as a student.

I commute daily from South London to the East where my medical school is. Lots of students choose to do this (1 in 5 apparently), especially medical students, because of the long course I suppose. I will be moving out from home to live closer to University from next year for the last three years of my course. This is when I will be expected on ward rounds, which can start very early in the morning.

My course is a Problem Based Learning (PBL) based course. PBL is a method where we sit in a group of about 8 people, work on a clinical problem and set ourselves learning objectives. We then return after a few days and feedback to the group on what we have learnt, helping each other to clarify areas of difficulty. It doesn't always work perfectly, but we usually get there in the end (and if we don't, there is a facilitator present to make sure we are doing OK)! This is all supplemented with lectures, practicals, sessions in the IT Lab, Workshops and 'Medicine in Society'.

Medicine in Society is a placement programme where we are assigned to a healthcare team (General Practitioners (GPs) in year 1, other non-hospital care in year 2) and visit them every two weeks - we are expected to observe interactions between patients and healthcare providers as well as understand a bit more about how healthcare works in practice. This year, I have been placed with a community psychiatric team and so far it has been very interesting.

What are your experiences of teaching at medical school Reza? How are you taught there? It would be interesting to see how the teaching is similar and how it is different compared with here. I had a look at your photo-blog and I have to say I was really impressed - the photos are so good and capture quite a lot!

Anyway, that's enough for today - work to do!

Bye and Khoda-hafez,


posted by Payam @ 9:57 pm    0 comments

Introduction from London

Hello all and Salam Reza!

I'm Payam, a second year medical student in London. I will be giving a London perspective on life as a medical student in this blog. Hopefully, it will serve as a useful dialogue. I am sure it will be a pleasure.

At the moment I am doing my Human Development module (the exam is in two weeks!). That covers everything from reproduction to child development and aging. It is interesting, but hard work too.

I thought I should write something now, before I head off - I will write something more substantial and say a bit more about myself again when I get home!

All the best,


P.S. Best of luck on your revision for your dermatology exam Reza!

posted by Payam @ 11:26 am    1 comments

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Norouz....comming soon!

Do you have any dermal nodule?!...
or are you suffering of eczema?!...
I know that you are amazed by the starting sentences!...but there are less than 6 days to dermatology final exam and you shouldn't expect better than these thoughts!
I still wait for a cooperator in UK for changing the atmosphere of this blog but i think i should be more patient!it is 1:45 Am here. i arrived home 2 hours ago. I was studying dermatology notes and getting ready for the exam in the hospital library.
By the way, i want to start some posts about "NOROUZ"!what dose it mean?!...i guess you will ask this question! patient like me or even lees than me!....
I'm here to tell you about "NOROUZ"!
"NOROUZ" is the name of new year in Iran.Persian new year starts with spring when the world is going to renew and nature wakes up!"NOROUZ" is a combined word made of tow words:"NO" which means "New" and "ROUZ" which means "Day" then "NOROUZ" means "New Day".Norouz is considered as new year in Iran,Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
There are many ceremonies for new year in Iran and i try to tell you more about them.
I wish i could take some photos of Norouz ceremonies.Now enjoy these colorful eggs as a symbol of norouz...

© Alireza Najafian

They appear near norouz and people buy or make them for new year celebration.I will take more photos of Iran about norouz .'s better to go to bed before my eyes close in front of monitor!write comments and ask your questions....Have nice day!... Visit My photoblog

posted by reza @ 10:36 pm    0 comments

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Welcome to my world!

Hello everybody!
I'm Alireza najafian,an Iranian boy ,student of can call me "Reza"!.
I'm invited here to introduce my country to you.
These days,most of the people in the different countries ,know Iran with news about nuclear dispute.
But i try to make a new window to this old an ancient country.I can't and I don't want to change your idea but i want help you to know Iranian people and Persian culture without filter of politics!...
Take off political glass.Majority of Iranian people are extremely different of the government.
We respect everybody with any ideology and religion.
We respect the peace...
and we are qualified for FREEDOM.
I'm not here for political discussion but i thought that it is necessary to reform your view of Iranians.
I'm waiting for my new friend to write this weblog together.
in future, i will tell you more about our life in this part of world.
Write your comments and ask your questions....
Truly yours:

posted by reza @ 12:29 pm    1 comments

Friday, March 03, 2006


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