First of all, this post is long over due. I’ve being working on the draft since like forever and even abandoned it at some point, cos no time.
So I have had a crazy few days post-leave. I’m so stressed out that I could use another break! Lol.
I’m just glad I got to publish this, at last!
The post is especially for, but not limited to the Foreign Trained Doctors (FTDs).
My “brothers and sisters” from the diaspora, welcome back to REAL LIFE- Naija Version!
I’m sending you thousands of cyber hugs that will last you through the first few months of your House Job at least.
If you’re one of those patriotic FTDs (I’m not one btw🙄), who returned with high hopes of contributing your skills and expertise to the expansion of Naija’s health sector; I’m sorry to burst your bubble:
Whatever fancy reasons you had for returning to Naija, no one cares.
It is a sad reality.
But for what it’s worth, there are some great moments too. Like having patients discharged after spending days/weeks in the hospital or hearing an uncooperative patient Left Against Medical Advice (LAMA)…lol. I should do a separate post on that.
So once you start your house job, expect to feel intimidated by your seniors. Naija doctors love to move STUFF. Eeesh!!
The million-dollar question that got my fellow interns tongue-tied, like we weren’t expecting it…lol!
It wasn’t a funny scenario but I can laugh it off now.
The “Ogas” at the top love to deliberate on which is the best medical school in Naija, so they keep setting baits for house officers in form of questions, sane or otherwise.
Whether you are foreign trained or locally, you’ll experience this at some point or the other, although the former seem to be more at the receiving end.
Having passed through the initiation process of getting asked the same question multiple times, I have a few tips for upcoming House Officers:
1. OWN your identity.
You’re a MEDICAL DOCTOR, with a CERTIFICATE and a LICENSE.
So wear it like a cape. Be PROUD of it, because it’s who you are.
Embrace it. Love it. Live it.
If you schooled abroad, it was your decision, your money (whether sponsored or not) and your experience. Ditto if you were locally trained.
Even if studying Medicine was a mistake, it was the best mistake of your life.
Don’t let anyone guilt-trip you on it.
2. You have NOTHING to prove.
You heard that right.
There’s NOTHING to prove to anybody.
Not your skills. Not your knowledge. Not your personality.
What you know was enough to get you to this level. And if you build on your knowledge and skills, you can (and will) get better.
Remember, your senior colleagues (Regs, SRs, Consultants) did not get all their medical expertise during their housemanship year.
They earned it with time. Life takes time.
So while there’s always room for improvement, you have NOTHING to prove.
3. Do it with JOY!
When all is said and done, what really matters is the impact you made wherever you find yourself.
So whatever you do, do it with EXCELLENCE. And COURAGE. And JOY.
Give the kind of care you would like to receive.
Put in your very best at all times, even when it’s hard. It’s okay to feel out of place sometimes but don’t let anyone (not even yourself) hold you back.
I’ve asked myself this question a couple of times, and tried to answer it as sincerely as possible:
My answer is YES.
And to add to that, given similar circumstances in the current Naija, I’d still study abroad and maybe the very school I attended. Tenkiu!
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