My Experience As A House Officer

Discussion in 'Adrian Wong' started by Adrian Wong, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Just completed my 5th day as a houseman in Melaka GH. Man, does it blow... :wall:

    Started the first day doing nothing but report for duty and receive my first posting. Guess what I got - O&G... Yay! :mrgreen:

    But come second day, we were all plunged into the sordid world of "professional" medicine. Within 5 minutes of reporting to the labour room, we had already pissed off the specialist in charge.

    Why? Well, he was furious because we failed to identify him as an "el supremo" specialist and introduce ourselves to him! :doh: Man, was that some ego trip. :roll:

    Lesson no. 1 : If you want to survive, bow and grovel before all superiors.

    We start with 2 weeks of tagging with senior house officers (HO) and medical officers (MO). Many of them are friendly and helpful but some are just full of themselves.

    One particular MO began the assault by telling us how lazy we are and how we know nothing at all. Then she tells us we cannot act like medical students and just sit back and watch. We must take initiative and learn to be "real doctors" like her. :roll:

    Fine... We will ask questions then. When I wanted to ask her a question and started by calling her, she told me "Shut up! Can't you see I'm doing something?" :nuts:

    Then while I was waiting for the nurses to prep a patient for a minor patch of her episiotomy, I popped in to observe her doing the same thing in another room. Why waste an opportunity to observe and learn, right?

    The second I bent over to observe, she told me off, "You think you are still a medical student? Just watch and you know everything?" :doh:

    When I told her I was only dropping by to observe for a moment before going to do the same thing, she told me off again, "How are you going to learn if you don't want to take initiative?! Put on your gloves and do this one now!" :doh:

    I give up.. This is one psychotic MO. But guess what... if we fight back, they will only take pleasure in making life even worse for us. And it's only Day 2. :doh:

    Lesson no. 2 : Expect to get verbally assaulted by people for no more reason than you are lower down on the totem pole than they are.

    On Day 3, I was already ordered to go on an overnight tagging duty. That meant working from 7:30 am on Day 3 and finishing up 5pm on Day 4. Luckily, Day 4 was a public holiday, so they allowed me to leave a little earlier... at 12pm.

    So, I spent Day 3 luckily without that psychotic MO in sight. But I found out more bad news.

    1. As house officers, we have to work 7 days a week.

    2. There is no such thing as weekends or public holidays. Everyday is a working day.

    3. While we are tagging, we do not get on-call pay. This is a situation unique to Melaka GH. In other hospitals, HOs get paid even if they come back for night duties (not overnight duty).

    4. We only get 28 days of leave in the ENTIRE year, split into 9-9-10 days for each 4 month posting. And we must apply one week in advance (although a colleague informed me that in practice, we really need to apply one month in advance).

    5. There's no such thing as MC. If we are sick, we have to apply for leave. If we take more than what we are allocated in a posting, they automatically extend our posting.

    6. We usually have overnight duty every other day. But because this time there are relatively many house officers, we are "fortunate" to only get overnight duty every third day. Of course, we have to come back for night duty on another night, leaving only one night free.

    Sigh... What a life.. Wait.. This is NOT life. :doh:

    When it came to my first overnight tagging duty, I had to ask permission to leave the labour room to go take a bath before I stayed overnight. Unfortunately, the MO in charge for that night was that psycho MO. That subjected me to more verbal abuse. :nuts:

    And that night, while she was officially the MO in charge, she did some of her duties and left the other house officer (with only 2 months of training) to handle the labour room while she "attended to other matters". Of course, she was supposed to be present until next morning... but I didn't see her until next morning. :roll:

    So, the ENTIRE labour room was left to this house officer and a rookie (me). I must say I admire the house officer because she had to do everything even with so little experience.

    We worked until about 4am and then we had some time to rest. I woke up around 6:30am and rushed home to take a bath because I had to be back in the same labour room by 7:30am. Luckily, I could look forward to leaving by 12:30pm.

    If you think that's okay because I have the rest of the day off, let me remind you - it was a public holiday! No one else in the country is working!

    I myself thought I would have time to watch some television.. but within minutes I was asleep until 6:30pm. Went out for dinner and work a little on ARP; and it's 1am. Man, I have to drag myself up to work the next day (Day 5) even though it was a SUNDAY!! And I have to work a full day. :doh:

    Thankfully, today was a light day. A nurse told me most pregnant women would be out with their family for the long weekend. And true enough, we didn't see much "traffic". :mrgreen:

    Tomorrow, I am scheduled to start in the Maternal OT. Hopefully, I don't meet anymore egomaniacs. :hand:
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2005
  2. zy

    zy Staff Member

    good luck adrian ..
    boy .. studying med is tough :shifty:
  3. Papercut

    Papercut Newbie

    Adrian - whilst I do feel sympathetic for you...

    I just can't help thinking about the TV show "Scrubs" and laughing at the similarities :haha:
  4. Ject

    Ject Newbie

    Hmm well that job would put alot of stress on me
  5. ESP

    ESP Newbie

    Gosh. It's tough on you, Adrian. :doh:
  6. hyper_raider

    hyper_raider shutdown -h now

    Luckily i aint in med school,cos i would have stabbed the officers by now
    Adrian you have the patience of a saint
  7. digitalvoice

    digitalvoice Newbie

    :shock: I would discourage anyone intending to take up medicine. :p
  8. siddiq

    siddiq Newbie

    Wow. Thaths Terrible. :roll: :)
  9. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Yeah man.... I would've done more then stabbed the officers... That would be such a merciful thing to do. There are FAR worse things that I can do... :wicked:
  10. angel1011

    angel1011 Baby-DeeNoo

    gosh!!! she was terrible!! :shock: she just don't like what ever you do, stand also cannot, watch also cannot...she'll just interprer your actions into something bad.... :doh:

    good luck boss!!! u still rule this place :mrgreen:
  11. digitalvoice

    digitalvoice Newbie

    I wonder how her husband took it?...or already committed suicide. :p

    Oops! me bad, shouldn't say that. :angel:
  12. zy

    zy Staff Member

    does she have a husband in the first place ?:haha:
  13. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Actually, not really. If I have the patience of a saint, I wouldn't be complaining about it. :mrgreen:
  14. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    ROTFL! I don't want to rule any place. I just want to do my job and finish off my housemanship and government service. :mrgreen:
  15. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    ROTFL!! She's still single and available, AFAIK. Interested? :wicked:

    But seriously, she's probably a different person in their personal life.

    Anyway, I bowed and grovelled... and guess what.. it worked with one of the egomaniacs. Gonna have to try that with the others. :roll:
  16. ZuePhok

    ZuePhok Just Started

    hehe, mad1 once told me, that no one will ever like his/her superior. guess it's a fact :D
  17. zy

    zy Staff Member

    hey .. boss triple posting .. no fair.. oh well .. you are not in the contest..

    plus.. i'm not interested in such peoples :haha:
  18. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Not really. I like some of the MOs and specialists. They are quite nice people. It's just there are quite a few egomaniacs that will really ruin anyone's day. :doh:
  19. aKho

    aKho beat around the bush

    in situations like these, its best to take a deep breath to calm urself, remember that this is not a permanent thing and there is a high probability that she is just having a bad day. shrug it off and be the better person.

    in actual fact, i would rather lay her the smackdown. oh yeahhh! forget about the repercussions cos u know it's gonna feel gOod. :mrgreen:

    but in reality, i'll just suck it in, do what i'm told, and take it out on someone else later. :dance:
  20. They are trying to break your spirit, break you down, then build you up to their specifications. good luck man :thumb:

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