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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

My Paediatrics Posting Experience, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Three months ago, I was on the verge of completing my internal medicine rotation and proceeding on my one-week leave, with thoughts of my next rotation – Paediatrics, caressing itself on the surface of my mind.

As an eight-year-old, I sagely declared to my mum’s listening ears that I would specialize in Paediatrics if I wanted to do something out of passion or choose Surgery for the money.

I knew it was Medicine, but the area of specialization, I was yet to settle for and different specialities beckoned on me for varying reasons.

After going through medical school, and being pulled in different directions – as I was the medical student that enjoyed pretty much every rotation – I was certain that my one-year internship would seal the deal for me and make my choice easier.

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Housemanship Life in Medicine

My Internal Medicine Experience, OAUTHC, Nigeria

I am four months into house job and have completed my surgery rotation.

I began Internal Medicine rotation about five weeks ago and got posted to Nephrology – the aspect of Medicine that deals with the kidneys.

Toward the end of my Surgery posting, I started conversations with my friends who were in Internal Medicine at the time, discussing the likely units in Internal Medicine that I may get posted to.

Unlike Surgery where you rotate through various subspecialties and get to spend two or a maximum of three weeks in each subspecialty, in Internal Medicine, you spend the entire 12 weeks of a given rotation in one subspecialty.

It is essential, therefore, that you get a benign unit, or one at least that comprised mostly of good persons.