Came across my former students FB post and I’m sharing it here as I believe the information is useful for others.
For my juniors …
Housemanship is way different than being medical student …. u have to expect the unexpected … have lots of patience…. just bare in mind that u r not everyone’s cup of tea … just learn as much as u can in this bittersweet journey …
Things u need to know …
1. U r supposed to be functioning on day 1 of life itself…
2. It would be very helpfull if u practice to insert branula… blood taking… insert RT … CBD often so dat u wont have any issues…
3. Fluids… ecg … ABG … antibiotics
4. Work with ur nurse … be humble
5. Learn how to use spp system in hrpz itself …. how to order blood in spp.. trace old notes … ni mmg sgt penting
6. Have positive vibes around u …. have family support .. this will help u to keep motivated
Getting scolding is not an issue … thats the way u can learn stuff … by end of the day u will be numb enough to absorb everything
Another important things is …. have a diary or notes … so wat u do … whn plans are given for certain disease … u take pic and jot down in diary … so the very next time u encounter the same disease … u know wat to write in ur plan.
The above are some general advice for new housemen & Housewomen written by Dr Yasmin Ismail.
She said that many juniors from university who are due to start work have been asking her for advice, and hence the post.
I added a few items at the comments:
This is very useful.
May I have permission to save it in my blog, and credit you as the writer of course.
Might I add:
1. Wear comfortable shoes
2. Be kind to yourself, make sure you are well-fed, well-hydrated and well-rested as much as is possible
3. Try and have a life outside medicine if possible 😅 keep in touch with non-medical friends too
4. For married ladies, might not be the best time to start a family. Perhaps after housemanship is better, in hindsight there is no such ‘ideal’ time
5. Keep learning, just as you had to read up relevant material as a student, do the same for your patients
6. Learn tricks of the trade like practical stuff from those who are good at it, ask them to explain and try and observe, for example ABG, have to palpate the pulse first etc
7. Be humble with the nurses because in the beginning, they know more than you and can help a lot and make your life easier.