Wisdom to Differentiate

April 18, 2018

Working life is so far bearable. I have no thought of giving up or resigning and hopefully none of them till the end. 

There are ups and downs every single day. You can be congratulated and scolded by the same person in just few minutes apart. But, slowly I developed a barrier to my heart to accept the good in any bad things. 

I feel very happy when the MOs have the same diagnosis and plans as mine. Here, every single thing need to be discussed with the MOs in which in one way, is very good as juniors can avoid making mistakes or improper plans can be prevented to be done to the patients. On the other hand, sometimes I feel bad to inform the MO for simple stuffs like, if I can give even Tab. Paracetamol (panadol) to the patients if their temperature rises, or syrup MMT if they complained epigastric pain. 

But, in real life, MOs surely have FAR MORE EXPERIENCE than the juniors. They can give other plans that juniors can't relate enough, yet.

One thing junior doctors need to do well - is to know the patients well like any important antenatal problems, any previous medical illness, any allergies and current conditions of patients. With this, junior doctors are basically helping A LOT with the MOs plans.   

Few things I learned - I need to:
  • Be someone who can contribute to the patient's good progress even though I am not the one who decide the right plans for them.
  • Be brave enough to double confirm the plans especially if the MOs give out the plans too fast and I can't keep up with them.
  • Be calm but fast.
  • Be careful in everything without affecting the speed of the work.

Change the things that can be changed, accept those that cannot, and have the wisdom to know the difference.

Another thing I can do is, to change myself and my approach to every situations :)

M, Perak, Malaysia

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