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.
“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.
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.
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!