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.

Aftermath

It was already the fourth day post boards and already every one was feeling anxious. We were all refreshing the PRC website almost hourly waiting for the news. By 5 pm our class was already gathered at the PGH chapel for a supposed thanksgiving mass (for passing the boards) but even after mass there was still no results.

By 7pm, we dropped by a Mu dineout as alumnae sisses and still no results.. Haha!

By 8pm, we met up with our Mu batchmates for the September babies birthday bash at Nihonbashitei. We talked of nothing else but those board exam results. Then after dinner my dad called and said his congratulations for passing. During that time I was still skeptical since the PRC site still yielded nothing. That call left all of us even more anxious and we were seriously considering not showing up at ClubMed, our joint frat-soro Mu Week event. We felt that celebrating was still premature.

We decided to ‘just show up’ and show support to the brods and sisses who made the event possible. They were all happy to see us but I think it was still obvious we had that fearful look in our faces. Barely 15 minutes in and suddenly…

Mac called Marianne. My buddy Marianne couldn’t understand what Mac was saying except ‘omygod omygod omygod’ over and over! We called her again, this time outside the noisy Mint Club, already at the street. May results na!! she said. UP’s passing rate was not a hundred percent but all sisses and brods passed. One of my batchmates even made it to the topnotchers’ list. She read all names through the line and we were all screaming and jumping up and down like crazy idiots. Haha!  We each called our loved ones, updated fb, and partied for real this time. 🙂

The wait was over, and I thank Him most of all for guiding us all the way and giving us strength. On to the future!