"One HO come to OT now." "HO, one patient admitting today, please do the necessities." "HO, please postpone all elective list patients." The reality of healthcare, for us all at the bottom of the hierarchy is this: we don't have names. The last I checked, our mothers gave us all names, yet we're subjected to… Continue reading What you need to know about the Malaysian doctors’ culture
"Behind every cloud is another cloud." - Judy Garland It has been a terrible week. Sorry, I could not think of how else to define/describe the past 7 days I put myself through, or rather what I have gone through. First off, 15 house officers left the surgical department to the next, with only 2… Continue reading Housemanship: Just about my week in urology
Do we know what studying medicine and becoming a doctor means? Prologue Recently I was invited to speak about "Medicine: Expectation vs Reality" in MMI Young Medic's 4th instalment of their annual Webinar series. It was a great honor, after working with MMI for 5 years, and then finally an opportunity to be invited as… Continue reading To do medicine is to service above all
I think it's hard. I think it's been incredibly hard to work as a house officer. This is the harsh truth. Just today, I made a mistake and it hit me that what really bugs me the most is the constant anxiety that something can go wrong, anything, everything, any time, any day, whenever. It happened today and I felt absolutely helpless, regretful and can only hope that all will be well. It is time like this you would wish that someone will tell you "it's alright, we all made mistakes". But the reality is this, you are not allowed to make mistakes, they bring dire consequences, and you know it. I supposed this is the job we all signed up for as doctors.
It was a sunny Monday. I remember the very first day working in Monash Medical Centre. It was orientation for all the newcomers. Being absolutely foreign to the land, I was intrigued by how they communicated with each other, so polite, and so diplomatic. The way they have portrayed themselves, absolute diplomats. Walking into a… Continue reading Perspectives: Working in Australia
There was one who thought he was above me, and he was above me until he had that thought.Elbert Hubbard Dear Boomers, I have had an interesting 5 years dealing with doctors in healthcare, both in Malaysia and Australia (a short period). While I think no doctors will have any ill-intent, the method of communication… Continue reading Dear Boomers (in Healthcare)