1. Can we meet you?
I’m Dr Suberu Peter Omeiza. I graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State in February 2017.
2. What was your favorite posting, and why?
O and G, by a thousand miles!
The grimace on the face of a newborn when they let out that first sweet cry. The dramatic change in countenance of the mother immediately after delivery.
Then I like the finiteness of ObGyn stuff. Unlike other specialties, you can finish knowing O and G. And as person wey no too like book, na ObGyn be the way.
And finally, something in my heart draws me there!
3. What was your least favorite posting, and why?
Surgery, of course. The work was too much.
That posting temporarily “destroyed” my cooking career and made me indulge in lots of junk food, much to the detriment of my finances.
4. Your best call ever?
Calls where I slept all through, in which the “God of calm calls” manifested his power.
And yes there’s a God of calm calls, they that know this shall eat the fruit thereof.
5. Your worst call ever?
Any call I did not have time to prepare for psychologically.
(A word for the would-be Intern: Never accept sudden calls, and avoid extra calls by all means, they will drain you).
6. Nicest chief you worked with:
Dr Palma Dennis
A humble and very approachable Chief. When he rebukes he does so in love, he is stressless and apt to teach.
7. Most admirable consultant
Dr. Temitope Odi, Paediatric Surgeon
One of the very few consultants I worked with that wasn’t fault-finding.
He had a way of relating with residents and interns not as subordinates but as colleagues, and created a relaxed atmosphere for his team to work in.
I also admire him for his empathy. One morning after a busy call, he noticed how tired and unkempt I looked and instructed rage SR to give me an hour for me to freshen up.
By his example, I know a man can rise in the medical profession as a Christian without giving in to pride.
8. Most likely specialty, and why?
O and G. You know why. 😀😇
9. Most unlikely specialty, and why?
Surgery. You also know why😏🙄
10. Three life lessons from housejob:
i) Money is a defence.
Most of the preventable mortalities I saw during Housejob were patients that were either illiterate, poor or both. They usually present late and cannot afford their medications and investigations.
And the broke patient is the nemesis of the House officer, they make the HOs work harder.
My counsel: Do whatever good it takes to become wealthy; it can and will prolong your life.
ii). Relationships are golden.
The good things of this life come from God but through men. A good relationship can sometimes prove more valuable than even money.
I remember when my younger sister was sick and managed at the A&E, I’ll never forget the kind of favour we were shown by my colleagues and the other health workers.
Getting my housejob slot itself was a miracle of relationship. It came from God, but through two men. God helps men using other men, neglect this to your detriment.
iii). We are pilgrims
When all is said and done, we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to give account of lives.
There is a world that is to come. Having watched some patients die, I have the consciousness of this world that is to come strong in my mind.
My counsel: Strive to be great not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, because this world is temporal and that world is eternal.
11. Thankful about:
The people I met.
12. Most embarrassing moment during Housejob:
A presentation on Urethral Catheterization I had in Urology unit, where the Consultant lysed me with stuff.
Despite my supposedly adequate preparation (we’ve been moving stuff on this topic since 400l na), it was a bloody experience! 😭😭😭
13. Happiest day during Housejob:
The day it all ended October 31st 2018. I felt free, relieved and lifted.
14. Something to miss about Housejob:
No, someone I’ll miss; Dr Adeniran.
15. Rate your Housejob experience on a scale of 1-5:
3 (It was pretty fun)
16. Call food: Yay or Nay?
17. Longest day during Housejob?
Can’t think of one🤔
18. Unforgettable patient?
None in particular.
19. Any regrets?
1) Not starting a Houseofficers Christian fellowship.
A one-hour weekly or fortnightly fellowship would have helped in fostering togetherness and the fear of God among us.
2) Not prioritizing savings over investments.
Before investing you should have accumulated money in a savings account for at least a year.
The bigger the money, the easier it is to multiply it, the more careful you’ll be and the less the chances of losing it.
3) Choosing NPMCN ObGyn primaries over IELTS.
Raw waste of 90k. 😩😫
20. New skills learnt?
– Composure (ability to remain calm however bad the patient’s condition is. Fretting is dangerous)
– Several basic medical and surgical skills.
21. Favorite mantra:
“This life na standing fan”
A quote from one of our colleagues, Dr Ibenu Joshua. He says it playfully to imply that things in this life (good and bad) go round and come around.
I find the mantra interesting because of how accurately it applies to success and opportunities.
Opportunity doesn’t come but once. It moves around like standing fan. Whether or not you are ready for, it will come.
If you miss it once, it’ll go and come again. It’s an act of God’s mercy. But blessed is that man that opportunity meets prepared, he is made for life.
22. If not Medicine, then what?
Business (Website development, software development, graphic design, digital marketing) and Word Ministry.
23. Shout out to (tag 3 HOs):
My first shoutout goes to my roomie and friend, Dr Muluh Idris. A kind and tolerant person and very easily one of the nicest people I know.
Then Dr Adeniran Eunice. She was my go-to person for gist, word, fun and comfort. Being around her lifts my spirit, always. She is the perfect blend of beauty, wisdom, spirituality and love. A real friend. A feminist whose feminity is very much intact.
Also, Dr Ameh Emmanuel, a gentle man to the core. Almost always smiling. He works with a lot of dedication. Working with him in OnG posting was one of the pleasant moments I wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
24. What next after housejob?
I’ll wait on God to receive strength and Word for the assignment that lies ahead (during NYSC).
After service, I’ll go wherever God wants and do whatever He wants, be it the PLAB/Canada pathway, residency in Nigeria or full time Word Ministry.
25. More important as a HO, skill or stuff?
Skill joor, who stuff epp? We’ll get the stuff when we come back for residency.
26. Thank you for sharing your Housejob experience:
<Smiles> It’s my pleasure.
Dr. Peter fondly called SPO, is an enthusiastic, self-motivated and multitalented friend. My go-to person for everything technical, a world class personal financial coach in making, and a generally lovely person to hangout with.
He’s a dynamic young man whose faith in God is beyond the tangible things. His passion on almost any topic is contagious and you can hardly miss his voice when you’re together in a room.
When he’s not reading a good book, he enjoys playing a soccer game, listening to a sermon/music or watching an action movie.