ROD*

(resident on duty)

I also chanced upon an advertisement for a reliever ROD at a nearby private hospital. They were in need of a physician to man the ER that day and I was lucky to get the post.

Unfortunately, a really big typhoon wreaked havoc that day (typhoon Mario) making it impossible for me to get there dry by commute, so I asked my dad to drive me there. Spoiled! Haha. Boy the roads were flooded and emergency disaster personnel were already out before 9am (it got worse by the afternoon).

Dr B, the senior ROD, and Dr O, an internist met me by the hospital ER and oriented me on the hospital facilities and procedures. They also gave me tips as a new attending physician (how to deal with patients, labs, tricks of the trade). Duty was fairly ok with consults, one admission and procedures. I was able to sleep and eat (free meals!) comfortably. 

In the end I enjoyed my first duty as an ROD. Yup, there’s still some getting used to being called ‘doc’ but I can’t help smiling about it. I realized that indeed the private setup is way easier in terms of labs (results are out immediately! Wow) and procedures.. I wish government hospitals provided the same standards in terms of equipment. I’m looking forward to duty there again. Whoaaa. Hahaha.

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