25 January 2020 – 16 April 2020
Starting off my house job journey with the surgery rotation, I had a lot of doubts in my mind – from the rotation itself to the team I’d be working with. But what initially began as a struggle to stay afloat turned into a very timely realisation that makes me recall the wise words of Mawlana Rumi: “What you seek is seeking you”.
Beginning this new professional phase of my life in hopes of learning so much more than medicine, I did learn all that has now set a very helpful precedent for all ways I’ll steer my gear towards: I saw how good intentions turn away malice. I learnt what respect does and does not look like, how we ought to and ought not to treat our juniors, the various angles of what patient safety looks like; the various shades that professional ethics cloaks in, and the very basic traits of human nature that make us all so, so vulnerable.
When this journey jumped from learning about pre and post-operative patient management to subconsciously gaining a better insight into how we messiahs live and breathe, I do not know. And just like that, amidst the cries of COVID-19 and easily (read: annoyingly) being the most vocal member on the WhatsApp group of the “Ziauddin Surgery Team”, the days rolled by and now it’s time to say good-bye!
All’s well that ends well, eh?
Ziauddin surgery team, thank you for handing down all the worthy lessons and quite a few memories!