After attending the "Life after MBBS: So what's next?" program, it triggers me to think and reconsider again about where to apply for my housemanship.
I've already listed a few options in my mind but when one of the speaker mention that "while you are single, take this opportunity to find new experience and work away from home.."
plus Dr Fahmi also said something like "Well, go to Sabah and Sarawak..Its a nice place you know.."
So, I wonder, how is it like to do housemanship outside the semenanjung? (Sabah and Sarawak in particular)
Luckily, we have our seniors who are now working there.So, i decided to ask for their opinion. Zaim was one of the early person who was very kind enough to respond and share his 6 months experience working in Hosp QE, Sabah..
I hope that it is worth sharing it here..and i'll try to find other opinions from those who are now working in Sarawak too and i will share them here when they respond ..;)
Housemanship in Sabah
msg via Fb by Zaim
It'd only my first posting here so I may not see the other aspects of working here but so far I enjoy being in Sabah, and working is not too bad tho there are up and downs.
First, transportation and lodging is not easy. If you are really keen on coming to KK, you must arrange lodgings early. We had a hard time over here. The temporary dorm provided is not adequate and taxis and rentals are expensive for long term. 1 taxi ride avg RM 20 even if youre going some place very nearby. Food is not too bad tho a bit more expensive.
Working in KK ull be rotating thru 3 hospitals Likas for peds and ong and A&E, sabah medical center for ortho and surg, Queens for a&e and IM. the first two are airconditioned. Likas can be freezingly cold time oncall.
Sabahan people are very friendly in general and very warm. Their language are also softer and the people are more carefree. There are some language barriers but not in most cases. So far theres no rascism issues that ive heard in sabah, in O&G the racial dstribution is pretty equal. Means that malays are minority but still were treated equally. MOs are less strict than back in HTAA i think.
Workload in O&G byk gila. If ur oncall in labour room and be able to sleep, you are very lucky and labour room is a stressful intense place. Wards are almost always full. HOs ramai over here but if ur enthusiatic ull be able to learn alot as the cases over here are interesting. Eclampsia is common, ive seen 4 cord prolapses, abruptio are almost weekly. In O&G ull have to at least attempt to perform 3 Csecs and ERPOCS and Vaccuums which are compulsory. hands on memang bagus and being in a tertiary hospital ensures u have MOs to teach you well.
KK is a small town tho slightly bigger than Kuantan I think. Malls byk, alot of fast food and seafood. Byk tempat melancong tho ecotourism is promoted heavily. Scuba Kinabalu climb are a must. Every weekend I try to go somewhere. And everyday to work ill pass the beautiful sea making going to work a bit less stressful.
From my batch Nurliyana NAzri, she was in peds. Seniors ade ramai, Fatin salwani, munirah, fatehah. Tawau side ade kurshid, dayah, aiman and liyana (wife) Hawa nordin Sandakan ihsan, samirah,
Try asking them for feedback.
After a short time here Im really considering being in service here long term.
Its a really nice place.