Tales of a Family Medicine Resident – The TrailerTemitope Oyetunji
Today as I stood there on ward round, scribbling on a small notebook things unrelated to what was being discussed around me, it hit me: I must start an online diary. Why not?
I have a blog that I spent money putting together but nobody visits; I have just started a new posting which promises tons of tales to tell; just moments ago I had thought of profiling these new people I’ve just met and write about them, so why not?
In that moment, when I conceived this idea, I smiled to myself, because I knew this was going to be so much fun. But why hadn’t I thought about this idea before now?
Well, let’s just say the stars have aligned right about now, and it’s time for me to bring you with me on my sojourn as a Family Medicine Resident.
This week, I started my Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) posting. I’m quite certain O&G rings a bell if you’re female, and even if you’re a man, I’m sure you’ve heard of that medical specialty that takes care of females but is dominated by male doctors, yea, that’s the one.
So what is my business with this specialty? I’m so glad you asked.
I’m like a sojourner who visits many places and different cultures to learn their languages, so that I then have a vast understanding of diverse peoples and cultures, both young and old, male and female, which puts me in a position where I’m able to communicate effectively with these people and meet their needs.
But in case my figurative language got lost on you, what I’m saying is, Family Medicine – my medical specialty (I’m a Medical Doctor in case you haven’t figured that out by now) takes care of people of all ages and gender. In other words, just like Jesus Christ, we don’t discriminate against any disease, age or gender, we treat them all.
We treat the flow of blood like O&G would; we take care of mental illnesses like the one that man of Gadara had, just as Psychiatry would; we take care of seizure disorders like Internal Medicine would; we even treat very subtle fevers like the one Peter’s mother in law had. The only area we haven’t mastered is raising the dead, maybe we’ll get there, I can’t say for sure.
So back to the posting I was talking about. As part of requirements for our training as family medicine residents, we do a six-month rotation through O&G. Three months during the first half of the training as a junior resident and the remaining three as a senior resident.
Unfortunately, you missed the gist about the first three-month rotation. That happened in 2019, the pre-pandemic era, when life didn’t make much sense as it does now. I had neither started a blog nor was I even active on social media, I was still scribbling down notes unrelated to the stuff flying around me on ward rounds in my small notebook, but I didn’t think to share them with anyone.
Well, that me who hid everything she was about, is gone with the Covid 19 pandemic. The post pandemic me shares what she’s got with the world – insights, wisdom, inspiration, even tales, she shares them all. Because she has come to realize that is who she is: A sharer. And she was made to share her wisdom and experiences with many people.
So buckle up, my online diary as a family medicine resident starts now. I don’t know where we might go with this, or how far we may stretch it but I guess we’ll find out together.