The Ward Doctor

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates

My typical day as a Ward Doctor in a district hospital with full bed occupancy of 28 patients.

0700   : Set off from home. If I need to refill the tank, I’ll leave 10 minutes early

0740   : Arrive at work. Just in time to gather my white pocket and stuff it with my doc accessories. Swallow a vitamin and start my morning review of the patients

0800 – 1200  : Includes rounds with the specialist, preparing discharge summaries, write referrals, review medications, counsel patients regarding treatment options/procedure risk/uncontrolled medical condition and their complications/on why they are not allowed to go home that day!!

1230 – 1400 : Lunch hour –> eat, catnap, quick read on medical topics, pray.

1400 – 1700 : Attend CME. If there’s no CME, update patients 555 book, do PM review, review results and Xrays, perform procedures, make case summaries, catch up on non clinical work. [read: gossip/discuss about Cinta untuk Emelda]

1650 – 1700 : Perform Asr prayer, then wait by the punch card machine to punch out.

1750   : Arrive home. Play with Baby Zeeq. Bathe him et cetera.

3R : Read, Reflect, Respond

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