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A Complete Review of my Housemanship Experience in Ile-Ife, Nigeria

A little over a year ago, I packed my bags and relocated to the ancient city of Ile-Ife to begin what would be a one-year-long paid internship in the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife.

Before arriving Ile-Ife, I am not sure if I knew about the hospital, but I was already on what my friends and I optimistically termed, Medical Tourism; travelling across the federation and visiting its various medical institutions in the search for placement for housemanship.

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Housemanship Life in Medicine

My O&G Posting Experience x Completing Housemanship

Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) was one posting I did not look forward to in housemanship for varying reasons.

First, it was infamous for being the most stressful rotation in OAUTHC (with surgery contesting keenly) and as such, people would scare you with tales of it without meaning to.

I was excited, nonetheless, because it was my last posting in housemanship, which translated into three months until this phase of my life ended.

When I reached the six months mark, I could not muster a similar excitement, but this time? My excitement was irrepressible!

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Housemanship Life in Medicine

Life Lessons From The Last Time I Fell Ill

If you follow me on any of my social media handles or view my status updates on WhatsApp, then you might have come across a photo I shared of myself in the clinic, attending to patients with an inflamed right lower eyelid – a condition I termed blepharitis, which seemed to have erupted out of nowhere.

I didn’t think I would seek specialist medical advice and care until a friend mentioned it. I saw more reasons to do so when he pointed out, ‘The eye clinic is just opposite your department. You can take a break from work to see them.’

What started as a barely perceptible swelling and discomfort around my right lower eyelid, transformed overnight into a more obvious swelling, and throbbing pain around the affected eye and the adjoining temple.