HouseJob Chronicles- A day in the life of a Naija Intern.

Hello friends, 

Here’s a post showing what a typical stress free day looks like for me as a medical house officer in Nigeria. 



Today was a good one.

Let’s call it the typical FRIDAY SYNDROME

So I’ll join Millions of People across the globe to scream


Yaaas! (Image credit: WEB)

Although I have to be at the hospital tomorrow, work is going to be flexible (hopefully), since it’s a non-working day.

Tbh, I never imagined housejob could be this hard.

There are days I love my job 100%.

Other days, not so much.

Occasionally, I get lowkey depressed.

Talk about the physical and mental stress, whether sensible or otherwise.

HouseJob in Naija takes a special kind of grace I tell you.

Anyway, TODAY started on a relatively good note.

When I woke up- which was around 5:30 a.m- the power was out as usual, and with the intensity of Lokoja heat, I had no choice but to get out of bed asap.

I was able to take my bath, brush my teeth, journal some thoughts in my diary, and reheat yesterday’s dinner (white rice and stew) for lunch- all in record time!

LUNCH PACK…Issa Lifesaver!
My dad called while I got dressed, a few minutes after I stepped out of the house, got on the first motorbike I saw and was at the hospital before 7 a.m.

Of the 15 patients- that are split over 6 wards-being managed by my team (Endocrinology Unit), I saw 6 while my partner, Dr. M, (who is definitely more hardworking than I am) saw the remaining 9 patients.

Meet Dr. M

By 8 a.m, I joined other interns, residents and consultants, for our weekly departmental House Officer’s presentation.

Today’s topic was CNS Toxoplasmosis by one of my favorite colleagues, Dr. Tony. It lasted about 2 hours. 

I’m not proud to say I didn’t concentrate during the presentation, because I was chatting on one hand, and making a to-do-list/shopping list on the other. 

Following the presentation, my team had a pre-consultant ward round. 

The team is made up of 2 House officers (Interns), 2 residents, 1 senior resident, and 2 consultants.

Thankfully, the Consultant ward round didn’t hold, as the consultant who was to do the round got called for an important meeting. 

Still wardround lasted about 3 hours. We had to take blood samples, update treatment sheets, check drug charts and the likes. At some point, I had to sneak off to have lunch (because I can’t come and go and kill myself). 

The goodnews was that we discharged 3 of our patients, which is a MIRACLE.

We were done before 2 p.m. While the rest of my team left for home/to run personal errands, I stayed behind.

Not too long after, there was a call that one of our patients with DMFS was out of surgery and my team should start him on the Glucose-Potassium-Insulin (GKI) regimen. 
It took a while to get through to one of my senior colleagues and I even got into an altercation with an otherwise-usually friendly colleague, that got me both angry and hurt. I tried to make the person understand I was only joking but I guess it was a costly one.

Maybe, I play too much. #Lessonlearnt

Eventually left the hospital around 5 p.m. after setting an iv access and constituting the GKI regime together with my Partner.

Dr. M, walked me to the hospital gate, then I went across the road to a nearby supermarket for my typical weekly shopping. It was surprising when moments later two of my cousins (who were visiting a relative at the hospital) walked in too. Let’s just say I was wowed when all my groceries were paid for by one of them.

On leaving the supermarket, my favorite bike man picked me up (he charges only N50 instead of the usual N60 or even N70). The distance between the hospital and where I leave, is roughly 5 minutes by bike. 

When I got home, I briefly went to purchase a bag of pure water from a small shop on the street. 

After which I prepared indomie (with boiled egg) for dinner, had a bath, and ate as I chatted with friends PRN. 

I plan to take a nap shortly after publishing this post.

My plan for the rest of this evening is to: tidy up the kitchen, write in my prayer journal, probably practice Spanish on my Duolingo app, go through a presentation I have in 2 weeks and catch up on social media. 

So far, it’s been a good day and I really look forward to having a refreshing weekend even though I’m on call tomorrow. 😑

I know this feeling…hahaha (Photo-credit: WEB)

We don’t COMPLAIN, We give THANKS!

For life, for strength, for health, for joy unspeakable, for peace in the midst of several storms, for unmerited favor, for victory…for God’s uncountable blessings.

Thank God for housejob.

It’s a fulfillment of one of the scriptures God laid in my heart during my waiting season, last year:

And he has been faithful through it all.


Cheers to a fantastic weekend,


MARCH|| Favorite Things Tag.

I know I’ve been AWOL for the last few weeks.

Among other happenings, let me just say:

1. Housejob has been HARD!

2. Lokoja heat is really oppressive.

But I’m not here to whine.

Because for this job, I prayed

Also the scripture tells me that

“The LORD is my shepherd; I have EVERYTHING I need.”
Psalms 23:1 GNB

Emphasis on Everything.

God knows I have so many wants, but he so graciously meets my needs…every time.

Without further delay, let’s get into the TAG thingy:

1. EARLY MORNING|| Shower 🚿 or Bubble Bath 🛀 ?
Shower. I’d love one right now.

2. TEMPERATURE|| Sunshine 🌞 or Rain 🌧?
Rain…minus thunder, lightning and flooding.

3. ON A CHILLY DAY|| Coffee ☕️ or Tea ☕️?
Coffee…nothing beats the smell and taste of coffee. And no, I’m not an addict.

4. FOR FUN|| Book 📖 or Tv 📺?
Book…aka Bookworm.
Anywhere. On the couch. On the toilet seat. Under a tree. In the car.
Anytime. While Eating. While chatting.
Paperback or Ebook? Are you kidding me? Ebook ofcourse.

5. TRAVEL|| Road trip 🚘 or Flight ✈️ ?
Flight…it’s an amazing feeling to be up in the clouds and over the ocean…plus there’s something about the flight meals, I just can’t resist them😂

6. ACTIVITIES|| Indoor 🏡 or Outdoor⛷?
Indoor…homebody in the morning, afternoon and night. If I had a choice, I’ll happily work from home.

7. FOOTWEAR|| Heels 👠 or Flats 👟?
Flats…Excuse me, who heels epp 😏??

8. MUSIC|| Rock n Roll 🎧 or Reggae 🎤?
Reggae. Let’s just say I’m my Father’s daughter😉

9. SHOPPING|| Malls 🏤 or Open Stalls 🗽?
Malls…I love to window shop and people-watch, and I dislike the typical Naija market stress and endless bargains, no strength biko. I don’t mind paying an extra penny for my convenience.

10. SWIMMING|| Pool 🏊 or Beach 🏖?
Beach…all the way, baby. I love the freedom the beach offers and oh, those waves are delicious or something like that.

So I’d have loved to tag a handful of people but I’ll keep it open to everyone who is interested. 


HouseJob Chronicles: 6 Types Of Patients You Will Meet In Medical Practice 

Hey Fam,
So I’ve been on housejob close to 4 months now, and I’ve come across all sorts of patients, the awesome, the annoying and everything in between.

I decided to blog about some of the extreme patients I’ve seen. If you’re a doctor or medical student, I hope you can relate with some of them. 

Disclaimer: This post is for comic purpose only and should NOT be used as a reference to categorize patients. 



1. The Ideal patient.

“Consistent Mr. Kay.”

Mr. Kay is so sweet, very compliant with medications, pays his medical bills without complaining and gets along with other patients and hospital staff.

During rounds he has Nil Fresh Complaints.

On Physical Examination, his General Condition is always Stable.

Mr Kay is everyone’s favorite patient and whenever he is admitted on the ward, we want to throw him a WELCOME PARTY!!!

He takes his follow up appointments very seriously too.

I know what you’re thinking, well…Mr. Kay doesn’t exist.

Not in this part of the world anyway.

2. The Overly thankful patient.

“Grateful Madam Vera”

Madam Vera is usually nice and all that, but too profuse in her show of appreciation.

Rather than pay you the occasional compliment, she literally smothers you with words like…

“Well done, doctor”
“Thank you so much, doctor”
“God bless you, my doctor”
“God will reward you, able doctor”
“I’m so grateful, doctor”

And she repeats such lines over and over. 

Eventually you have no choice but to ignore her accolades in order to get your job done.

Solution: Play deaf and dumb. Smile/Nod when you can.

3. The Defiant patient.

“Stubborn Lady Kate.”

Lady Kate is a thorn in the flesh for any Doctor that attends to her.

For one, she can argue for Africa.

She won’t do any thing you ask her to do.

And she does everything you advise her not to do.

If she’s diabetic, she insists that she can’t sleep unless she has had a bottle of soda.

She questions every prescription or investigation you order for her.

Obviously, she defaults in her appointments and her drug compliance is next to zero.

Lady Kate insists that she knows her own body better than any doctor and will treat it the best way she knows how to.

You begin to wonder why she came to the hospital in the first place.

Solution: Don’t admit or attend to her unless she signs an undertaking.

4. The Fretful patient.

“Fearful Sir Tim”

Sir Tim typically presents to the ER with 100 complains.

From a backache to a sore throat to a headache to a constipation to a cough to a fever…the list is inexhaustible. .

It doesn’t help that he has Hypertension, Arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

Although faithful with his medications and hospital visits, he is always tearful and believes he is dying.

With each new visit, you are tempted to diagnose him with a somatization disorder or walk him out of the door.

But you can’t help but hand him a tissue and listen to the same complains for the third time in a week.

Solution: Reassure him, prescribe some multivitamins, encourage him to take several walks and lots of fresh air and see him on outpatient basis.

5. The impatient patient.

“Restless Ms. Clara”

Ms. Clara is always on the move.

She treats her health like it is the last thing on her mind.

She can’t wait to get over any clinic appointment.

If there’s a surgery on the way, she wants to have it done the very next day.

If there’s a drug you’ve prescribed, she expects it to work the next minute.

As an inpatient, she’s in a hurry to leave the hospital bed.

Her only way of greeting is “Doctor, when am I going home?”

Solution: Allow her to Leave Against Medical Advice, because no time.

6. The Entitled Patient.

“Grumpy Mister Ben”

He is the worst kind of patient to attend to especially when you’re short on sleep or food.

Mister Ben can be very demanding, controlling and downright rude.

He believes he has a right to be attended to as soon as he walks in through the ER and uses lawsuit threats to intimidate anyone that says otherwise.

It’s not helpful that he’s some retired military personnel who knows a few names in top government.

Mister Ben’s voice is usually louder than anyone’s.

He criticizes anything that does not meet his expectations- including the hospital bed linen!

Every bedside visit is like an interrogation session for the doctor. Even nurses try to avoid him during their shifts.

Mister Ben cannot be pleased, and it’s useless to attempt to do so.

Solution: Refer him to the next available Doctor.😉


What types of patients have you met as a doctor or med student? 

What type of patient are you? I’m a Ms Clara. Because, no time. ðŸ˜‚🙈



HouseJob Chronicles: PROGRESS

Hello everyone!

Guess who just completed her SURGERY Posting? 💃💃💃

Seems just like yesterday when I started this HouseJob thing,

Look at God.

I’m so thankful for the journey so far…the good, the bad, the ugly and the extremely wonderful.

All in all, God favored me.

I worked with some of the most amazing colleagues ever. And I won’t be forgetting my surgery experience in a long, long, time.

Quick breakdown.

So I rotated through 8 (out of 9) units of surgery:

– General Surgery (2 weeks)
– Pediatric Surgery (2 weeks)
– Orthopedics (1 week)
– Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery (2 weeks)
– Neurosurgery (2 weeks)
– Urology (2 weeks)

Total: 11 weeks

Leave: 1 week

On a scale of 1-10, my preferred units were

– Pediatric Surgery (7),
– Urology/Plastic Surgery (6)

– Orthopedics (5.5).

Mostly because of the flexibility the units offered, the light workload or the fact that I worked with some of the most benign Residents or Consultants.

I remember when I was a surgeon…lol

Neurosurgery was the best as per clinical skills/acumen but it was quite hectic physically and otherwise.

My General surgery experience was quite hectic too in terms of pressure from superiors. I rotated twice (one week each) and barely survived 😂.

Of course, we all know I won’t be specializing in any of the fields of surgery, thanks so much.


So here’s my PROGRESS Report 3 months into Housejob:

PS: If you haven’t, please read this post, HouseJob Chronicles- GOALS.



– Assisted in Surgery: 5
– Wound debridement: 1
– Served IM/IV Injections: 6

I’m so PLEASED with myself right now. Well, apart from no acquiring any suturing skills from surgery🙈 Tbh, I didn’t even try to…the entire suturing technique looks like magic to me.

Well, I’m in a new department-Internal Medicine-and I look forward to not just learning new skills but also acquiring lots of Clinical knowledge. So help me God.

Hopefully in another 3 months, I’ll share with you the other feathers I have added to my cap.




Hey friends,

HAPPY New Year, again!

The series is back.

To kick off this year, let me just take a moment to encourage those believing God to start their Housejob:


And it will be SOONER than you think.

It’s a new year of new opportunities, new experiences and new growth.

And it’s only wise to get prepared even as we await the right opportunities.


So this post is for (but NOT limited to) doctors who want to do their Housejob in Nigeria.

Before I started Housejob, I drafted a couple of things I thought I’d be needing and since starting, I’ve added a few items to that list.

Please note that the list is not exclusive and can be conveniently adjusted based on the uniqueness of the centre you work in. 

For the sake of simplicity, I’ve divided the list into 6 categories.

Shall we?


These items are mandatory. It’s best to have them ready before you start Housejob.

– Ward coats: This is a no brainer right? Look out for a quality easy-to-wash cotton material that requires little to no ironing on most days (because we can’t trust NEPA). You need 3-4 ward coats for your peace of mind unless you prefer to do laundry every other night .

– Stethoscope: Buying a solid and durable steth makes a huge difference. I use a Classic II Littmann and everyday with it is pure bliss. So if you don’t have a good steth yet, why not save towards one?

– Wristwatch (with “seconds” hand or a digital watch): A MUST to monitor the Pulse Rate and Respiratory Rate of your patients.

– Scrubs/Scrub Shoes: Most centers have outdated scrubs/shoes in the theatre and there are days you can’t get what you need cos of logistics, so do yourself a favor and buy yours.

You might add a customized “surgical cap” to your list for special effects.

– Hand Sanitizer: Unfortunately most centers have poor sanitary conditions, with no running water and sometimes no hand washing soap. To avoid stories that touch (like Ebola or Lassa fever) just buy an alcohol based sanitizer and put in your pocket.

– Notepads/Pens: So Housejob requires a lot of multitasking and you need to outline all the tasks coming your way each day. Having a portable notepad gives you that luxury. Depending on the size, you need one notepad per posting.
You need a lot of pens/biros too (maybe upto 50 pieces), no kidding. There’s no end to an intern’s writing, except ofcourse, you work in an ICT compliant facility.
Also prepare to lend to your seniors (Regs/SRs), fellow HOs and even nurses without ever getting them back. You’ve been warned! 

– A Name Tag (Or you have the option of customizing your ward coats and scrubs).


These are items that might be found routinely on the wards but it’s safer to have yours.

– Pen torch (all CNS exams require this)

– Patella hammer (to check for reflexes)

– Tape rule (To measure Occipitofrontal circumference, Abdominal girth etc)

– Sphygmomanometer (Digital or Analog)


– Pulse Oximeter

– Thermometer (For days when you need to quickly check a patient’s temperature and there’s no thermometer to use)

A Phone with flash light (for setting lines, catheterization etc) and good camera (for clinical snapshots, and of course selfies😜)

– Medical Books in PDF Versions/Resource sites like MEDSCAPE (because you’ll need all the STUFF you can get on the go): I’m currently in my Surgery posting and BADOE is a must.


In the centre where I work, patients buy pretty much EVERYTHING and if it’s an Emergency or your patient has financial constraints, you will get stranded waiting endlessly for these items to come out of thin air. The GOAL is for the patient’s relatives to replace them when they finally come around.

– Non-sterile latex hand gloves: Have a pair or two in your ward coat pocket PRN.

– IV Cannulas (yellow/blue/pink/green/grey)

– Plaster (Recommended: Agary brand)

– Thermometer

– Methylated Spirit

– Cotton Wool

All for reasons previously stated ABOVE.


You can go a step further to keep some other collectibles (in addition to those highlighted above) that you can use for indigent patients especially those who have been rendered financially incapacitated by their long stay in the hospital.

– Water for injection

– Needles and syringes (2 mls, 5 mls)

– Crepe bandage

– Urethral catheter/Urine bag (various sizes )

– NG Tube (various sizes)

– KY/Xylocaine gel


If donating to a good cause is one of your priorities, you will find several opportunities to do that during your Housejob.

Maybe there is no CT, MRI or Mammogram machine in your Centre, you can start a fundraiser to get one. Generations will remember you.  

Even simple gifts  like donating Hand washing soap to the wards,  or a Microwave to the doctor’s room will make a lot of difference. 


These are items highly recommended for your personal convenience. Having them will do you a whole lot of good.

– Power bank (You know why)

– Good shoes (Ladies, flats preferably. We are allowed to put on sandals in my Centre too)

– Absorbable ready-to-wear shirts/blouses/dresses (because you can’t trust NEPA)

– Good Ties (for the guys, every day until 4 pm. Weekends are casual).

– Handkerchiefs, Face towels/wipes (for sweaty faces or wet hands)

– Water bottle/Lunch bag/Snacks (Unless you’re a big boy/girl with a FAT bank account and you don’t mind spending like 1K each day on stomach runs)

– Carry on body spray, (sorry, no air conditioning in the wards), lip gloss, hand cream (there’s such a thing as harmattan, baby) etc

– Ear piece and lots of GOOD music to keep you sane

– Durable BackPacks or Carry-On Bags for everything we have listed above 😉☺️

PS: Be sure to have Games, Comedy or Movies and a LOT of DATA (For days when you’re exhausted and need to crash in between work, TRUST ME, such days will come).
In my case, I read the books on my phone or use my Duolingo app or simply find my way to Whatsapp 😂

PPS: All images were downloaded from the Internet. 

So did I miss anything?😉
Oops! Ladies you NEED to buy Hair Wigs too. You can thank me later.😘


HELLO 2018!

Welcome on board guys, I’m so glad we all crossed over to the new year.

I don’t know about y’all, but this new year has been amazing so far. God is good.
So this post is a kinda review for 2017, (and I literally copied and edited the format from here).

It’s gonna be a “longish” read, so fasten your seat belts and LET’S ROLL!

1. What did you do last year that you had never done before?
Huh…Attended a Driving school.

2. Did you keep your new year resolutions and will you make more this year?


From saving in a piggy bank (cashed a little above 14k late November), to publishing MY FEGGO DIARIES, to committing some verses of the scripture to memory, took two creative writing courses, among others. 

So I look forward to not only more resolutions, but more goals and growth this year. Amen.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes o. I have two new beautiful nieces.

Ehm…no pics to share, sorry.

4. Did anyone you know die?
Sadly, yes.

I wrote this poem in memory of a family friend who died towards the end of last year:

“It’s a very sad night,
For all the lives you touched
You had a heart of gold,
And gave a smile of hope
Because of what you gave,
Our lives were so enriched
And although you’re no more,
The lives you touched remain.”

5. What new place(s) did you visit last year?

Nnewi, Anambra State….well, it was such an EXPERIENCE (one I won’t be forgetting in a hurry). The culture, the lifestyle, the language, the food…everything was so different.

6. What would you like to have this year that you didn’t  last year?

My dream Camera!  ðŸ“·

Hello Sophia, can’t wait to meet you. 😍😍😍

7. What date in 2017 will remain etched in your memory?

July 13th, 2017. My MDCN induction date.

8. What was your biggest achievement in 2017?

Again, my MDCN induction.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Ehm, Failing out of driving school. 😩

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?

Yes…a minor RTA leaving behind an annoying scar on my left knee and recurrent tooth pain. I’m thankful I survived though. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Well…can’t think of a specific BEST thing atm.

12-13. Skipped.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Easy…MTN Data/Airtime😂

15. What did you really, really get excited about?

Getting a HOUSEJOB. Whoop!💃💃💃

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

“You’re the reason why I lift my hands, why I lift my voice, why I sing to you…”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Definitely happier.

2017 was a good year, but this year started on a “lighter” note.

18. Thinner or Fatter?

5kg Fatter😌😢

19. Richer or Poorer?

Richer. Glory to God, I now earn my pay😎

20. What do you wish you had done more of?

Prayed more. Read more. Loved more. Served God more.

21. What do you wish you had done less of?

Most importantly…Worried less.

22-25. Skipped.

26. What were your favorite TV Programs in 2017?

Let’s see…TINSEL, BATTLE GROUND and JEMEJI. Thanks to AMShowcase, I watched them back to back.😉

27. Skipped.

28. What was the best book you read?

FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer), closely followed by UNSTOPPABLE (Christine Caine), I read both twice last year and I look forward to re-reading them.

29. Greatest musical discovery:

Does Nathaniel Bassey’s Wonderful Wonder count?

30. What did you want and get?

Haha…plenty things, a New pair of glasses. Some New clothes. New shoes. New handbags…and a Wig!😉

31. What did you want and not get?

Top on my list, a Driver’s license.😩

32. Best Movie you watched in 2017?

Well…OMUGWO was the most interesting. 

33. How did you celebrate your last birthday?

In the THEATRE, pulling some Orthopaedic stunts!

34. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

On a scale of 1 to 10, a 6? Tbh, I improved as per my hairdo and make-up💋, even the heavens can testify.😄

35. What kept you sane in 2017?

Music…lots and lots of worship music!

36. Celebrity Figure Crush in 2017:

Nonso Bassey
(“Man’s too hot”)🙆

37. Skipped.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Quite a number faa. From my FaithRest Fam (Mamma, Dolapo, Ife, Pelumi et al…) to fellow HOs (Comfort, Osas, Ameh et al…)

39. Most Valuable Life Lesson(s) From 2017:

  • (1) If God says it, he will do it. His PROMISE, His TIMING, His METHOD.
  • (2) Life takes TIME.
  • (3) Contentment is the presence of JESUS,  not the absence of challenges. 

40. Quote a song lyrics that sums up your 2017:

WONDERFUL WONDER (Nathaniel Bassey)
“Everywhere I go
I see You right there
In the beauty of nature
You shine all around,
For You are everything
And everything is You,
Precious Jesus
Oh wonderful wonder you are.”


That’s ALL folks.

I hope we all can journey into this NEW YEAR with greater Joy, Hope and Peace.

Cheers to an Awesome 2018 Experience,


Housejob Chronicles- Coping Mechanisms!

Hello Everybody,


And I’m glad even though it doesn’t really feel like Christmas around me.

While everyone else was busy planning special activities for this Yuletide season, my routines were pretty much the same.

Sleep, wake up, go to work, sleep, wake up, go to work…” 

Everything else from cooking to cleaning get lumped into each day. 

I’ve really missed my very organized self. 😢

There are days I don’t even have the time to eat one proper meal. No kidding.

On such days I’m doubly thankful for Coca-Cola. 

It’s an essential tool for preventing hypoglycemic shock.😉

So my birthday was a couple of days ago and among other things, I’m thankful for God’s MERCY. He is the reason I’m still STANDING.

The latter part of this year has been trying for me spiritually (erratic with no functional church, dusty bible syndrome et al),  but his MERCIES kept me. So the song on replay for my birthday was this:

I won’t even lie, my last few postings have been increasingly hectic. I just switched from Orthopaedic to Neurosurgery, and every other day there’s at least one RTA patient waiting for me in the Emergency ward. 

At several points, I almost broke down (Physically and Mentally) and there were days I found myself in tears (I know, “too much water” in my tear glands..haha). In the midst of all that, God has been teaching me some vital lessons for this season which I’d like to share:  


This sounds obvious right? if only you know how hard it can get. 

Everyday feels like a marathon as I try to race against time (I can still hear my Reg’s voice, “IPR starts by 7:00am”. Yet I’m in the hospital till after 10 p.m. on some days even when I’m not on CALL but that’s no excuse not to have a quality time with GOD (my Father): who is the Source and Centre of it all. 

From my experience, the less I pray, the more irritable, tired, anxious, distracted and restless I get.

Pray as if your life depends on it, because it does.

I’m learning among other things, to:

– Pray for MYSELF, my COLLEAGUES, other CO-WORKERS and especially my PATIENTS.

– Pray for the WISDOM, COURAGE and STRENGTH to face the challenges that each day brings. 

– Pray for the PATIENCE to deal with trying circumstances, irate patients, annoying co-workers and every other kind of evil that the enemy wants to bring my way.

– Pray that I’m a BLESSING to my Team and not a BURDEN to them. I don’t want to be labeled as a Lazy, Undisciplined, or Disorganized Doctor. 

*IPR: Intern’s Pre-round.


This is soooo important. 

I recall one day, I was so physically exhausted while running some errands, that some nurses around took time to lecture me about the importance of taking proper care of myself. 

When all is said and done, there will always be patients. But I’ll only be here for a season. 

Wisdom teaches me that to give my best, I have to build stamina. Because I can’t give what I don’t have. 

So these days, when I find myself getting worked up, I take a break. 

When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m tired, I rest. 

A hungry Doctor, is an angry Doctor. A sleepy Doctor, is a snappy Doctor. It’s that simple.


Your Friends and Family are especially important during this Housejob phase. 

It’s easy to become so consumed with the work that you don’t have the time to reach out to others. 

I know this because I’ve been there. 

It’s even more tough when you have a significant other who is not in the same location with you. 

So here’s a suggestion that works for me (It’s called the PTCV Principle):

  • Pray for them always.
  • Text whenever you miss them.
  • Call when you have the chance. 
  • Visit when there’s the opportunity.


Housejob isn’t beans. I’m sure you know that by now.

And if you’re like most people, you just want it to END already. So you can move on with your life. 

Before you know what’s happening, the days have turned into weeks, the weeks into months and the year is over.

Of course you don’t want that year to be spent merely seeing patients that are anicteric, acyanotic, afebrile, not pale , well hydrated and without pedal edema. 😅

That’s why you must be INTENTIONAL about everything you do on a daily basis. 

I’m often reminded that if I want to make a difference, the time is NOW.


No matter how tough a day is, you can always find time and creative ways to enjoy it. For me that includes:

  • Reading a good book.
  • Eating a good meal. 
  • Listening to uplifting music.
  • Hanging out with friends 
  • Watching a funny movie 

And of course connecting with patients and co-workers

You don’t know how much you have in common with others until you’re willing to have casual conversations with them. 

I’ve made a number of acquaintances with people who speak my local dialect, share my first name or birthday, similar beliefs and the likes. 

It’s an AMAZING something!


Again, it’s MERRY Christmas from me to you.

I hope y’all don’t forget the REASON for the celebration- Christ’s BIRTH!

Here’s my all-time favorite Christmas song: 



Housejob Chronicles- 7 Rules For The Naija House Officer!

DISCLAIMER: Shebi you know I’m barely “3 weeks” into this Housejob thing? These are strictly self-made rules o! You don’t need to take them “hook, line and sinker.” Thanking you!😅

Dear New Naija House Officer,


I’m so glad you made it.

You worked so hard to get here, spent countless late nights studying in medical school and slaying all the GIANT exams along the way. 

However, there are new hurdles to cross and your “Housemanship” is one of them.

As a newbie Naija house officer, I’ve put together some really simple suggestions to help you get started and maximize the Housejob experience.

1. Apply yourself. I can’t over emphasize this one. 

And it’s a phrase one of my consultants used while having a conversation with me.

Don’t just count your days, make your days count.

Housejob can be so stressful that you’re in a hurry to complete it. If you’re not careful you’ll just keep counting each day that comes without making the most of it.  

2. Don’t be a fraud i.e. Avoid synthesizing stuff that don’t exist. 

Sadly, I have been a victim and it wasn’t funny. The pressure to impress the “Ogas” can be so real, that you begin to generate values for your patient’s vitals, randomly state their clinical status and so on. 

Don’t say/write what you don’t know, even if it makes you look stupid sometimes. Trust me, you will find yourself in such shoes someday. Let your MOTTO be: “Integrity over Impression.”

Whatever you do be you, but always be a PLUS wherever you go.

{Tip: Have a small notepad and a wristwatch to document everything you do for a patient even when you don’t have access to the case note.}

3. Know your lane and respect others.

You’ll meet many nurses, lab scientists, attendants etc and often the respect you give them, is the respect you get back.
Forget the stereotype rumors you’ve heard. There are nice people (doctors, nurses, security etc) everywhere. And nobody is out to get you if you do what you ought to do well.

4. There’s such a thing as “Hierarchy syndrome.” Don’t be caught in the web.

It’s safer to be on the sidelines. Don’t let anyone belittle or intimidate you. Respect your seniors, but don’t fear them. It only destroys your self-esteem.
Sometimes you really want to help your patient but you can’t do much, because you have some “Ogas” at the top that are ready to ridicule you whether for doing nothing, doing too little or doing too much.

5. Learn all you can, while you possibly can.

From unit posting to unit posting, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time flies. If you don’t make a conscious effort to learn, you won’t learn a thing. The goal of Housejob is for you to gain a level of independence in medical practice. And achieving that goal largely lies on you.

6. Remember, PATIENTS first. They are the priority of any healthcare institution, and they should be your priority too. 

That’s the reason you’re there in the first place.

So in whatever decision you make, ask yourself “what are my patient’s needs and how can I help to fulfill them“?

7. Just chill, in the end you’ll be alright.

Oh, there’ll be tough days but there’ll also be the not-so-tough ones. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing that everyday you will be called upon to resite IV lines at 1:00 am or to prepare a patient for surgery at 10:00 pm. 

There are days you’ll have few to no patients on the ward, canceled surgeries, missed appointments and so on. When such days come, enjoy them! 


As a closing thought, here’s an adapted thought from a fellow blogger (Omooba):

“Don’t let yourself get distracted. FOCUS is a slippery thing. You are going to live long. You are not going to spend even up to a quarter of your life doing HouseJob. Give it your time, and mind. The less things you entertain in your life at a time, the better the overall quality.”

I’ll be honest with you, there are things you love that just have to give up for a while, to be able to maximize this new phase. It might hurt at first, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
So don’t forget the first rule, APPLY YOURSELF!

Here’s wishing you an “extension” and “extra call” free, housemanship year.