:: Tales of Recently April 8, 2008Posted by Minci 先生 in Everyday Life, Medical School.
Hye..did anybody miss me? 😛
Recently, Abang PeeCee (my computer lah) passed away. I was in the showers and therefore did not witness how he had drawn his last breath. I gave him the necessary CPR – lap habuk, check to see wire okay and all that sort but the CPU lights did not lit up. I am now torn between sending him to the computer mortuary and get myself a new lover (lol) or get him repaired and then sell him to someone else. I miss him. Well, I kind of need him because all my medical notes and past years that has been sorted out and arranged beautifully are in there! Talk of being dependent.. hu hu.. seems that anything ‘electronic’ doesnt stay with me very long. muahahaha. anybody dare to dispute that myth?
Another tale of recently.
I went for the interview by SPA. I thought it was a very informative session and strongly suggest that those who are graduating next year to attend it. You’d be surprised at how many things you have to know before starting work as a junior doc. This is not a cynical tone, hokeh.. I seriously think the interview is worth going.
Of course me being Minci, some things are just bound to get a little bit ‘out’. If ever anybody wants to make a video to demonstrate the ‘donts in an interview’, then I suggest you tape my session. Ha ha. seriously, I couldnt stop thinking about what I’ve bluntly expressed throughout the interview once I was trying to settle for the night.
I had 2 interviewers on the panel. One lady from the SPA and the other a doctor. I knocked on the door, bidding them the salam and a ‘selamat pagi’ and walked towards the isolated chair in the middle of the room. The lady looked at me and said, “You look very cheerful this morning” and I think that statement kind of switched on the ‘hyperactive’ switch within me. It was only later after the interview that i realized that I was at times too ‘elated’ in my facial and verbal expressions. I mean just how many candidates would utter a loud alhamdulilah sambil membuat tanda kesyukuran ala2 emoticon YM when the officers mention your high salary. Not to mention the countless times I tried to make my point with a graphic display using my hands. Depa sana, depa sini. Ber’magic’ fingers and all that sort. If you dont know ‘magic fingers’ try watching a clip on Youtube for the movie ‘bring it on’ starring Kirsten dunst.
Questions! Yes.. I know some of you are dying to know my questions. I was like one other candidate described as being ‘kena sembelih’. How could you not when you’re being interviewed for nearly an hour. In no particular order:
1. medical – common infectious (HIV, hepatitis, STD) and non-infectious disease in Msia ( high blood pressure, diabetes), vaccination programmes, preventive medicine. Tropical medicine (dengue, yellow fever)
2. global issues – SARS, rabies, role of WHO
3. governing stuff – who the minister of health is, pengarah kesihatan, ketua JPA!!!!! (matilah I tak tau), what is ‘mesra pelanggan?’.. hah.. jawab!! jawab!!!
4. ethics – medical act 1971 regarding 3 year contracts and doing locums. importance of communication. my scenario was if I get sent to Kltn and received an offer from SJMC at the same time after my Ho training. With SJMC willing to pay my JPA fees and give higher salary. Also my parents not allowing me to go Kltn – what will I do. I will not mention my answer here because since I kind of left half of my brain at home, I gave quite silly answer. It was technically the right thing to do although the thinking and talking process in getting there was pretty much ‘big fish’. muahahahahaha…
5. personal – career aspirations, what challenges have I recognized in working as a HO and what my coping mechanisms will be.
The interview has a slight informal touch to it. The questions asked were actually random and it naturally hopped from one to another. What I loved about the interview was the fact that the interviewers were giving very sound general advices at the same time. Things like
1. Importance of knowing who your bosses are and how they look like.
2. To be humble and practice good interpersonal skills with other team players in the ward setting besides doctors. this means towards nurses, porters etc. HUmble can make your life beautiful as a HO and truly, i second that. This is the most popular advice I have received so far from my aunts and uncles too. Bukankah dalam rukun negara ada tertera prinsip ‘kesopanan dan kesusilaan’? cewah.. korang hafal ke tak nih? 😛 so.jgn nak eksen2.
3. Communicating effectively with patients.
4. And of course, in my part, to be more aware of tropical diseases for according to them , it was understandable that studying overseas have made us slightly ignorant of these infectious diseases, yet we have to know them inside out once we start our service in Msia.
All in all, I have received my conditional offer and Insya-Allah if I pass, I will join the Malaysian Medical Force and happily offer my services as Dr Minci. yang serabut tapi bergaya.