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.
Today I went on my first stint as a licensed MD at a medical clinic in Vito Cruz doing preemployment physical exam for OFWs. It was quite a surprise getting the job since I was only informed yesterday, and even though I had no idea how to go there I just took the chance.
I left home 3 hours in advance to give leeway to traffic and human error and arrived at the clinic around 30 minutes before 9am. There were so many people lining up for physical by the time I arrived and after a quick interview by the HR I started work.
Work! This meant a continuous surge of rapid interview and physical exam of patients, much like in PGH OPD. I had to check most importantly any physical defects that would likely defer their employment abroad (tattoos, hernias, hemorrhoids..) and screen for sexually transmitted diseases. I had a few surprises while checking them up actually. We were done by 5pm, and I was tired! Shifting dullness I guess.
The one thing I had to adjust to the most was calling my colleagues ‘dok’ and being called ‘dok’ myself. It was very different from PGH where everyone from the director to the utility workers called each other ma’am and sir. Haha. I have to get used to that soon.
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!
OB – For me it was a reasonable exam. Not as hellish as I expected based on last year’s feedback.
Pedia – The most challenging exam for me. My next to lowest point next to Pathooo
Prev Med – What we thought was the most ‘predictable’ exam turned out to be the most surprising. Questions were simply out of this world.
And then just like that the dark clouds took over the clear blue skies and rumbled by the end of the last of the twelve exams, the most memorable and possibly life defining milestone in my life so far.
I dreaded this day because it had Pharma (one of my weak subjects) and Surgery (a notoriously hard part of the boards). However it went better than expected, not like the train wreck-like feeling from the end of last week.
Pharma – straightforward.
Surgery – was an analytical type of exam (well made actually).
IM – IM will be IM
Biochemistry – was easier than I expected 🙂
Anatomy – they should’ve renamed it as the Surgery exam, haha! It was difficult.
Microbiology – lots of questions about gonorrhea, not much about viruses.
Answering was fine. Making sure you followed all the instructions makes you a bit paranoid but it’s alright. What tired me out the most was the postmortem ‘alam nyo yung sagot sa..’ questions that others make after the exam. I reaaaally don’t want to know right after the exam okay.. Haha.
Woke up extra early today to go on a roadtrip to the pilgrimage capital in Luzon. 20 days left before the boards begin, and the spiritual blessings shall go a long, long way.
There were so many people today (because it was a Sunday) – the sick, the elderly, those who like me have special intentions.. Knowing that we all had that sense of devotion to Mama Mary that day, that moment, gave me some solitude and tranquility for the challenges that will come ahead. 🙂