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How to be an outstanding House Officer – Mint Stethoscope.

Today makes it exactly 2 weeks and 3 days before the end of my journey as a Medical House Officer.

It’s been a full year of learning and sharpening my medical skills and procedural techniques.

I know what you may be thinking – Yes, I have the privilege to be working in one of Nigeria’s biggest tertiary institution – Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile Ife, Osun State.

Many times I look back and remembered how the House Officers’ selection interview unfolded. This was after many failed trials sitting for House Officers examination across the country.

I tried securing a placement in Federal Medical Centre Asana, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital Parklane, Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Port Harcourt, Federal Medical Centre Gusau, Federal Medical Centre Keffi…

The list was endless. The process tedious.

Aside from the help of Parcel Medico Internship Delivery, I experienced first hand the pains of securing a good placement for the compulsory one year internship.

Yet, I held on to the hope of tomorrow. Not long after my birthday in July 2018, I got a text message informing me of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex screening exam for interested candidates.

To fulfil all righteousness, I went in for the exam – even though I least expected to be given a chance to work in this tertiary facility. After the exam, we were promptly told to resume and commence work soonest.

I vividly remember rushing home, picking up a small bag – and packing the little it could contain. There was no time to waste for I feared the appointment would be withdrawn if I delayed.

I rushed back to Ile Ife from Lagos, even though I knew I was not sure what to expect. I felt I was being thrown into a new world – not sure of my left or right.

In retrospect, an e-book like the Mint Stethoscope would have helped me in many ways than one – I am so positive about this.

You see, House Officers do not know the Do’s and Don’ts of the job. The Mint Stethoscope spells this out clearly as show below;

Do’s of House Officers

Do’s for House Officers – Adapted from Mint Stethoscope.

In all this months, I can conclude that one key thing every House Officer will learn to do is improve on their COMMUNICATION SKILLS.

Medical school never told me about the importance of communication skills (seems we were busy learning about disease processes) – I understood this perfectly during my house job.

Don’ts for House Officers

Feel free to DOWNLOAD the Mint Stethoscope for FREE!!!

Accept this as my parting gift as a House Officer… This e-book is super packed with tips to keep every House Officer outstanding!!!

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Dr E
The Admin is a Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Certified Medical Doctor, with profound expertise in Medical Content Creation and Medical Citizen Journalism. He is popular for being a fast-rising online voice in Nigeria, with a flair for animated writing. He is a professional health content writer. He loves to swim, read and play board games. He sees himself as one who is destined to play a role in the way health services are rendered to the human race.