Today’s article focuses on a doctor’s Housemanship experience at Onabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH, formerly OSUTH), Ogun State.
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I did my housemanship at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, Ogun State.
The application was relatively easy for me because they needed 20 House officers at the time and 22 applied so getting in wasn’t a hassle at all.
I bought the form for #5,000, filled it and submitted with the required documents (same as other hospitals).
I was then invited for the exam and interview. The exam was 50 questions and it covered all 4 specialities. That same day, we had an interview which was in 2 parts; one question from the either of the 4 specialities and one question on current affairs.
Accommodation is available, it’s a mini flat that consists of; a room equipped with bathroom and toilet, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and a guest toilet. Because of the increased number of house officers the hospital now takes compared to when the flats were built, the mini flats aren’t enough to cater for everyone so we had to share. The second occupant converts the dinning room to a room with curtains or whatever method they want. The rent is #2,500/month for a shared flat which is deducted directly from the salary.
The apartment isn’t equipped with any furniture or kitchen equipment so you’ll have to buy/bring what you need. The best thing to do is share expenses with your flatmate e.g I brought a fridge and my flatmate brought a microwave.
The cost of living in this environment is relatively cheap. Foodstuff are really affordable and the restaurants around are pretty affordable too.
The job description of a House Officer is pretty much the same in all the departments;
– You’re expected to see patients first; clerk them.
– You’re expected to carry out little procedures e.g Set IV line, pass urethral cathetar etc.
– You’re expected to do a Pre- Consultant ward round summary against the Consultant Ward Round.
– Prepare patients for surgery; ensure all investigations are done, ensure all the plan written by the Anesthetists are done.
– Carry out all the plans documented by your Senior Colleagues.
It’s also common practice for some senior colleagues to make you do some things that are ideally not your responsibility e.g carry blood from the blood bank to the ward. In situations like that you’ll have to learn to put your foot down when it becomes too recurrent.
Currently the salary is 193k after tax, rent, ARD & NMA deductions. When I start house job it was 169k after the deductions, during the heat of Covid-19, it was 186k (15k was Covid Allowance). Salary is usually paid at the beginning of the next month, not the end of the month and it’s regular (but then if you don’t register at the account office at a particular timeline at resumption, the salary for that month and the subsequent month will be paid together).
I got my first salary as a lump sum of 2 months, whew I felt so rich and didn’t even know what to do with it lol.
I had quite a number of good experience/ highs, I can’t think of one to write now but I did mostly enjoy the one year period.
My advice to new HO’s would definitely be to build quality relationships (keyword; Quality) with other colleagues and senior colleagues, oh also Nurses, Ward orderlies etc, it goes a long way and helps a whole lot; makes your job way easier. I know the work can be a lot and the system isn’t encouraging at all but please always ensure you do your best for every patient.
Oh and yeah ask a lot a questions from other House Officers when you start, please don’t assume and don’t be shy to ask – it’s a new phase and you need all the help you can get.
I’d definitely recommend OOUTH for house job.
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