What is the most important factor for a female doctor to consider in the choice of a speciality?
– The God-factor.
Q1. Can we meet you ma’am?
A: I’m Dr (Mrs) Olabisi Yeye-Agba.
Q2. Why Medicine?
A: Medicine was my childhood dream, we had a family doctor that I greatly admired as a child; but more importantly, I believe God wanted me to study Medicine, so he brought that opportunity my way.
Q3. What does Medicine mean to you: A Calling, a Passion or a Career?
A: It’s primarily a calling because it involves taking care of the whole man: the spirit, the soul and the body.
And the satisfaction is also three-fold: your patients are happy, you’re fulfilled and God is pleased.
Q4. What unique challenges do you experience as a female doctor?
A: If I’m to be honest, the medical field especially in Nigeria, is not a level playing ground between male doctors and female doctors.
In our environment, the average person still sees a man in the traditional role of a doctor and a woman in the role of a nurse.
Q5. Can you share some of your favorite moments as a Wife/Mother and Doctor?
A: What really makes my day is the heartfelt gratitude and prayers from the patients I attend to.
A happy patient makes a happy doctor.
I also love seeing results.
Whenever I give treatment or perform procedures on patients with significant improvement, I’m so happy.
Then the encouragement and support I get from my spouse (who is also a doctor btw) is amazing.
He’s my number one fan.
Q6. Is it really possible to have a Work-Life balance?
A: It is possible.
But it takes the support and understanding of the people around you (both at home and in the workplace) to make it work.
Q7. A lot of female doctors choose not to go into demanding specialities in order to play their traditional roles as Wives and Mothers. What is your take on that?
A: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
Before you make any decision about your career, pray about it.
For a doctor-doctor relationship (and in any other demanding profession) consider what area your spouse wants to specialize in.
Most importantly, be assured that if God leads you to it, he will see you through it.
Q8. What is the greatest sacrifice you’ve had to make as a female doctor?
A: There are many sacrifices to make as a female medical doctor, especially if you’re married.
Whatever it takes to make your home front work is worth doing.
Mostly you’ll have to sacrifice your time and sleep.
Here are three things you do not want to compromise on as a female doctor:
Prayer. Hardwork. Studying.
Q9. What is the most important factor for a female doctor to consider in the choice of a speciality?
A: The God-factor.
Q10. What advice will you give to female Naija House officers as regards their career prospects?
A: From now, start to enquire of God what he wants of you.
It’s not a must to continue medical practice or even remain in Nigeria.
God may have other plans for you.
Don’t be satisfied with the status quo, learn to add value to yourself in every area: spiritually, physically, financially, mentally and career-wise.
Prepare yourself for life.
My final charge:
For Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Dr (Mrs) Olabisi Yeye-Agba is a graduate of Olabisi Onabajo University and currently a Senior Resident in the department of Ophthalmology, at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.
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