I have no interest in bones, thus I have no plan to become an orthopedist in the near future. I am still blur about all the classification of fractures and all, and to be honest I haven’t read a single thing about bones. At second year of housemanship, by right I need to have knowledge of MO level (according to the dear specialists), no more houseman level. But for ortho, I don’t think I’d pass for a med student level even huhuhu.
Bosses are cool. I like the MOs especially, who would let me do procedures under local anesthesia. It’s quite good to brush up my surgical skills which are currently at zero level hahaha. Well, at least if I would know how to operate a little bit before I become MO, hopefully in general surgery.
Working in ortho department is somehow less busy, than medical at least. But with no recent houseman intake, more houseman becoming MOs, our number of HO in ortho department in my hospital came down from 70 to 40. It doubles everybody’s workload, and we have to work on shift every weekend. I have never had a full weekend off except during Hari Raya period. Previously with oncall, a houseman has to do one weekend call and get the other three weekends off. This shift system forces us to work every weekend 😦
Oklah, for the sake of my training in the field that I don’t have interest in…
Well, to all doctors and my juniors from my alma mater, I wish you all good luck in the first week of work. Enjoy tagging because you can tell those horror stories to your houseman one day. Enjoy the next 2 years of your life because it’s the best or the worst part of your life. And please read some of the messages I take from many specialists I worked with:
If a doctor’s job is only to diagnose, I can give my computer to do that. A doctor’s job is more towards assessing risks and benefits. Say a 90 year old patient who has a heart attack and has melena. Would you like to send patient down to scope him? If everytime a patient has melena and you wanna scope, I pray so hard for our healthcare system!
I can train monkeys to cut, but to be a good surgeon and have a good patient outcome, it’s not the op you have to worry about. It’s the pre-ops and post-ops.
Houseman nowadays are very low in standards. When I was a houseman, I cannot read ECG, I cannot interpret ABG, but at least I am skillful with procedures. You all? Know nothing! Branula also have to ask MO to do. Then MIA la, MC la, EL la… You wanna be a doctor or clerk?!
To err is human. But to err in this department, I will f*ck you up, down, left, right, front, behind! Understand?
About Bajet 2012 – I made a speculation on my own lah, based on my own calculations, which is not that accurate, that our UD41 basic salary might go up from RM2458 to Rm3000+. Plus flexi allowance for shift system of RM600. The real figure we’ll know in January 2012 lah, but I hope the tangga gaji SBPA will come out soon so that the anxious civil servants like me would know how much increment we all will get.