On the 20th of November, was my last day at Middlemore Hospital and my last day as a first year house officer.
I cannot believe it’s gone by so fast. To hear from my friends who are just graduating medical school that I’ve been doing this for a year now, is just bizarre.
How do I feel? Well, unsure. But ready to move on I suppose.
I guess now I have that goal in mind to keep progressing and moving up until I’m consultant. Starting Monday, I’ll be doing gastroenterology as a house officer in Auckland City hospital.
I need to join the College of Physicians sometime before the end of the year. I need to study for my exam which will be in a couple of years. I need to plan to step up as registrar at the end of next year.
I don’t know if I am prepared. I’m trying to reflect on my skills and what I’ve learned during my first year. The honest truth is, I’m not sure. I’ve not killed anyone, thank God for that. I’ve picked up a few unwell patients and helped look after them. I’ve made good friends (like actual friends, not just “colleagues”. Who knew?) I’ve met some pretty awesome registrars and consultants who I’ve learnt a lot from.
So I guess it’s been a good year overall.
I just hope it has prepared me in some respect for what is to come.
In the wake of finishing my first year as house officer, I had another quick getaway trip.
This time to Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Everyone always hypes up the south island. As though it’s completely different to the north. I’ve got to say, it’s not really all that different. The landscape is beautiful, no doubt. But not breathtaking.
But I took some decent photos.
The mood of these photos is what I shall project onwards from Monday.