For Dr Adam Amir, 24, the training so far, has been enjoyable.
Describing the PreHoP programme as great, he says shadowing house officers and observing what they do builds the knowledge and confidence of the PreHop participants.
“It builds our skills in a precise manner, instead of being thrown into the deep end where we are expected to know everything immediately.
“When you work in a new hospital, everything including your environment is different from your training hospital.
“I have seen fresh housemen who struggle and the stress is visible in their faces. It isn’t fun,” he says.
Attached to the surgery department, Dr Adam says his team is nothing short of cooperative, as everyone is looked upon as an equal despite strict supervision.
“They ensure no one is left behind and as PreHoP participants, we are taken seriously.”
This inclusion, coupled with zero lecture interruptions, has allowed Dr Adam to feel more connected to the patient management aspect of being a doctor as now he deals with them daily.
“What many of us do not realise is that the working culture is very different.
“As a student, your responsibilities are minimal but as a houseman, the responsibility you bear and your job scope is different and much wider.
“You are responsible in caring and managing your patients as their life and safety is in your hands.
“The practical training we are currently undergoing will definitely come in handy once we start our actual placement,” he adds.
He says that some of the procedures PreHoP participants assist in, include taking arterial blood sample, suturing, delivering babies and assisting in surgeries.
For Dr Lina Yusrina Iskandar Zulkarnain, 24, PreHoP has been a good learning platform for graduates like her who are waiting for their placement.
“I joined the programme to sharpen my clinical skills.
“We are taught to carry out more complicated procedures that we did not have the chance to do when we were students.
“At the time, we were juggling our lectures while we were attached to the hospital.
“Hence, we could not give our full effort in the ward although we would have enjoyed to if we could,” she shares.
Posted to the ophthalmology department, Dr Lina does not shadow house officers as often but says her exposure to the department has been valuable in giving her an idea of what it is like should she pursue a Master’s degree in the course.
“I would like to pursue ophthalmology in my postgraduate studies, so I’ve involved myself in a lot of research studies, which will come in handy later on,” she adds.
“I hope PreHoP will continue and perhaps even be adopted by other hospitals.
“It allows you to develop your skills not just in blood taking, but also exposes you to the working environment.
“You learn how to interact with colleagues,” she says. — By SANDHYA MENON
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