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When feasibility trumps robustness

The struggle of a PhD student wrestling between feasibility and robust study designs

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse Month – a Nepali perspective

June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) awareness month and a time for increased engagement and conversation around this common condition. There are many many websites and blog posts on the risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and preventative measures so I think I’ll jump straight to my expertise – POP in Nepal. There is a high… Continue reading Pelvic Organ Prolapse Month – a Nepali perspective

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Hindsight is not always everything

It was not until I started writing up the results for a manuscript that I was suddenly and dramatically struck with most certain clarity! Upon reflection of my research study I found myself starting to question every decision made. This microscopic scrutinisation effortlessly highlighted every flaw, leaving me with a heavy sinking feeling. In hindsight… Continue reading Hindsight is not always everything

Nepal · pelvic floor muscle · pelvic organ prolapse · Phd · PhD life · research · stress

The second year slump: keeping motivated mid PhD

The first 14 months of my PhD were like a crazy rollercoaster that amazingly left me standing solidly at the end of the ride.  There were so many ups and down with moments of pure joy and immense concern.  Within this first year I was able to see two ethics applications approved, conducted four research projects,… Continue reading The second year slump: keeping motivated mid PhD

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The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

At the beginning of my PhD journey  I had the most amazing ideas for my research project.  A little naive and idealistic, I thought that everything would fall into place and I could fulfil my dreams.  As I started to plan my projects reality sunk in and I had to compromise on some of my ideas.… Continue reading The magic of saying ‘oh, OK’

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Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)

Another week down of performing 4D pelvic floor muscle ultrasound for Nepali women and we’ve really hit our stride.  My research partner and I are in a good rhythm now and have become super efficient.  We have a local Nepali intern helping us who is an absolute gem, we really couldn’t do it without his help.… Continue reading Week 2 of PhD data collection in Nepal (half way mark)