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1. Can we meet you?
I’m Dr Sarah Ifeoluwa Oloruntoba, a graduate of Bowen University (2017)
2. Favorite posting, and why?:
I enjoyed the morning reviews and working with my senior colleagues.
They made things so easy despite the fact that I was in a stressful unit as the only House Officer.
I also had enough time to do other things I wanted to do (like blogging, cooking healthy meals etc)
3. Least favorite posting, and why?:
Surgery posting was extremely stressful.
I didn’t even have the time to go to church and I spent almost everyday in the hospital. I also didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t really plan my day without any interruption.
4. Best call(s) ever:
The calls I prayed about, telling God the specific number of patients I wanted to see and got my request.
5. Worst call ever:
One Gynae emergency call. That night was really eventful.
I was so scared but my chief Dr Sule, was calm and brave all through.
One lesson I learnt from that call is how to be calm yet brave enough to face my fears and handle situations to the best of my ability while awaiting help.
6. Nicest Chief(s) I worked with:
Most of my chiefs were actually nice.
However there are some that I will not forget too quickly:
- O and G posting: Dr Awolumate and Dr Akinro
- Paediatrics posting: Dr Owa
- Internal medicine posting: Dr Palma
- Surgery posting: Dr Aduloju, Dr Ibrahim and Dr Ogoji
7. Most admirable consultant:
Dr Temitope ODI (Consultant Paediatric Surgeon).
Though I didn’t really know (or work with) him, but the inspirational speech he gave at our sendforth dinner told me a lot about him. An Empathetic Christian doctor who isn’t just out to make money but to make a difference.
8. Most likely specialty, and why?:
I just have this love for elderly people and I feel the way our health system is currently designed doesn’t really suit them
Like Children, they have special needs and peculiarities that should be properly addressed.
Many of these elderly men and women gave their youthful years in one form of service or the other to the nation, therefore they should benefit from good health care.
9. Most unlikely specialty, and why not?:
That posting was too stressful. Abeg!
And their wahala as a department was just too much (a department of numerous rules and regulations !)
I do love the practical aspect of surgery, but the unfair treatment I saw our senior colleagues (residents) go through was not funny. I can’t live my life like that jare.
10. Three life lessons from housejob:
i. Be brave enough to face your fears.
ii. There is a thin line between life and death and as a doctor you may be the one with the pencil that will draw that line or the eraser that will clean it off.
iii. Build Relationships, nurture them and cherish them.
11. Most embarrassing moment:
I honestly can’t remember any.
12. What are you thankful about:
– God’s faithfulness in bringing to pass the things he said.
– All the people I met, especially all my teachers and colleagues.
– I am specially thankful for the new friends I have now. I didn’t really have a lot of friends before HouseJob but God gave me friends who are now my sisters. Hallelujah!
13. Longest day ever:
Day ke? Dayssss… My entire SCBU posting!
14. Happiest day ever:
The day I saw my Primaries* result.
15. Something to miss:
- The chiefs who were like older siblings to me. Those ones I could have a conversation with conveniently anytime.
- My darling friends.
- Weekend trips to Mount Patti (Fitfam Adventure☺️)
16. Rate your housejob experience on a scale of 1-5:
17. Call food: Yay or Nay?
18. New skills learnt:
Quite a number.
19. Unforgettable patient:
One patient in general surgery who had surgeries up to 3 times, due to complicated perforated typhoid Ileus, I think… Well, she is alive doing well!
There was another woman in Gynae ward who had a cancer. She is now late though.
20. Any regrets?
None that I can think of.
21. Favorite mantra:
This too shall pass.
22. Shout out to 3 friends you made during house job:
(Hian…3 is too small ooo!)
Debby– She opened her room to me for the entire period. It means so much to me and I just can’t thank her enough.
She chose to be my friend and treated me like her sister. I love all the lovely moments we shared together gisting, going out etc.
She taught me how to take care of my natural hair, and tried her best to bring me out of my shell 😉
Debby, God bless you dear🤗
Eunice– She encouraged me to start my blog the first time I had a conversation with her.
She is also motherly, caring, and a no-nonsense person. 😬
Ifeoluwa– Yes, me! 😂 For sticking with me throughout the one year despite all my plenty wahala. For being bold and courageous to take new steps to an amazing new me.
Baby girl, you’re the best!😘😍❤️
23. What next after housejob?
NYSC, then others as the Lord leads.
24. If not Medicine, then what?
Farming, Catering/Baking. (Yes, I’m a foodie😅)
25. What’s more important for a House Officer, skill or stuff?
Stuff without skill is useless because the stuff will not transform to an intervention all by itself without appropriate application.
And skill without stuff makes one look like a gambler just trying something just to see if it will work or not, and if it does work, applying it to everyone that comes forgetting that patient care should be individualized.
26. Thank you for sharing your Housejob experience.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity 😀.
*Primaries: An exam written to enter into the residency program.
Dr Sarah (a.k.a Sarah Baby 😍), is my warm and wise friend-turned-sister, a chef of life and destiny (she can cook for Africa😂), budding blogger and a fellow believer in Christ.
One of the most inspiring people I met during housejob. I really believe our meeting was not ordinary, God had a hand in it.
Beneath her calm exterior is a depth with several stories of her journey with God, and an emphasis on his faithfulness and constant love.
A foodie, lover of God and natural hair enthusiast, she doesn’t just preach her faith, she lives by it.
Dr. Sarah blogs here.
Thank you for reading!