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Life in Medicine NYSC

My NYSC Leadership Experience: Serving as the CDS President

If anybody tells you that leadership is all fancy titles and smiles, don’t believe them. They don’t know what they are saying.

I look at myself and the person I see is almost unrecognisable to me. It is evident that I have grown in the past year. I have grown in diverse ways and I am thankful for this.

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Housemanship Life in Medicine NYSC

Between Housemanship and NYSC: Bridging The Earning Gap

NYSC is about the least earning phase in the life of most Nigerian doctors. The drop in earnings by nearly a half ushers most young doctors into a daze that they are seldom prepared for. The desire to make ends meets often force some into canvassing for high-paying states and institutions or working multiple jobs.

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Housemanship Life in Medicine

The Day I Cried At Work: My Rough Transition From Medical School To Housemanship

“I have never been a house officer. If I have, I wouldn’t be asking you!” I yelled.

“Are you raising your voice on me?” he demanded.

“No! I am only telling you how I feel,” I cried.

I was exhausted. I had come to the end of a long thread that held my stretched emotions together.

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Features Life in Medicine

Working On The Front Line: A Nigerian Doctor’s Experience Working In A COVID-19 Isolation Centre

Healthcare providers face certain health risks every day they show up at work, from potential needle pricks to chronic stress and even major depression – a myriad of conditions referred to as occupational hazard (a risk accepted as a consequence of a particular occupation).

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Features Life in Medicine

Choosing A Medical Speciality (Series): Public Health Physicians Feature

Prior to getting into medical school, I nursed dreams of becoming either a Paediatrician or a cardiothoracic surgeon. My lean perspective would start to broaden sometime in 400 level when I heard a classmate talk about her interest in Public Health specialisation. I found it fascinating and unconventional. Going through my clinical rotations in the last two years of medical school would further open me up to the diverse options that abound in Medicine.

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Culture and Travel Life in Medicine NYSC

Eating My First Bowl of Amala and other things Returning To The West Has Brought Me

When I informed my family and friends that I was posted to Ondo State for my National Youth Service, after spending the last year in Ile-Ife, Osun State most were of the opinion that I held some kind of bond to the Southwestern part of Nigeria.

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Life in Medicine NYSC

Behind the Lens: A story of Papa

Papa lives in Southern Nigeria. Even though there are tales of its sojourn in the South-South region of Nigeria, it appears that Papa makes its home in South-West Nigeria – these people are more acquainted with Papa’s escapades.

I first heard and came into contact with Papa in November, when I was sent to the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko, Ondo state.

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Culture and Travel Housemanship Life in Medicine

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.