In the beginning was the candle light, white coat and an oath recited. The journey I envisioned began and 5 years later, we’re here, running the race to earn the initials ‘Dr’. Stick around for this interesting timeline-based story.
Year I: Meeting the dead
Sounds creepy, right? Anatomy, the study of the human body, involves the practical component where cadavers (dead bodies) are used for learning. No, students don’t get injected with anything to alleviate the fear, however, an introductory session with the lecturers as well the pastor is done to psychologically prepare students. Someone donated their body for my learning: An experience I will forever be immensely grateful for.
Year II: Community Based Education and Services
Students get attached to families all around Windhoek, to work and bond with for almost the whole year. This is done to provide a better understanding of patients outside the hospital, their living conditions and impacts thereof. I had a beautiful family in Okahandja Park, such a phenomenal and eye-opening experience. Uhmm… Autopsies are also seen here
Working with patients starts at clinics around the city. Such a fun experience, done under the supervision of the real MVPs-nurses. It then continues to the two main teaching hospitals where it gets more interesting, complicated and overwhelming at the same time.
Year III: A year of massive transition
Half of the day is spent in the hospital, another in class. Balancing the two is critical and sadly, I burnt out. In the same year, attachments to district hospitals around Namibia begin, done to enhance both exposure and improve training.
The first examinations on patients are done here, four words: one is never ready.
Year IV and V are all clinical
Spending most days in the hospital, working with amazing teams and going through the most on some days. Close experiences with death are most likely to happen here, and we obviously get affected, for we are humans.
A rollercoaster it is, rough, bumpy, longer To-Do lists, enormous stress, with both shocking and satisfying experiences. Yet, the ‘WHY’, is what keeps us grounded.Rauna Elungi