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REFLECTIVE JOURNAL

This writing is my reflective journal which would reflect what I felt and thought about

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My first chosen posting was Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department. I was initially

very nervous as I thought I was alone as a student in the department. Luckily, I met few

students from Mansoura University, Egypt, also coming for attachment, even though for only

a week compared to my three weeks' attachment. After introducing ourselves to the Head of

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our respective locations. In this hospital, there are four wards for O&G, one ward for
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gynaecology patients, one ward for antenatal patients, one ward for post-caesarean patients

and one ward for post-spontaneous vaginal delivery patients and placenta praevia patients.

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I mainly attached myself in the Labour Ward and the O&G clinic. During my
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besides helping the doctors and nurses completing their jobs such as weighing the placenta
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and preparing blood samples. My unforgettable experience was when I witnessed a patient Commented [G13]: Deleted:a
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fitting in front of me, 1-hour post-delivery. I observed the process and workflow when a red Commented [G15]: Deleted:a
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alert was initiated. The teamwork between the O&G team and Anaesthesiology team was

very smooth and helped the patient to be resuscitated and survive. I learnt that I should

always be alert to my patients as unexpected events may happen, such as what happened to
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this patient who never had any pregnancy induced hypertension or epilepsy. I should never
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Besides that, I also spent my time in the O&G clinic, attaching myself to a MO

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experiences of being more than 20 years in the field, some of them made me rethink about the

reasons I decided to become a doctor and aiming to pursue a speciality in O&G. In the clinic,

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and multi-ethnic, some even from Rohingya clan as UNHCR refugees, leading to some
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proper information transfer would be possible and efficient.
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Trauma Department (ETD). I joined a few students from UCSI, USM-KLE and Universiti
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students. We were given log book as a guide and given an orientation of the department. We Commented [G36]: Deleted:v
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first placed ourselves in the primary and secondary triage to observe the triaging process,
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some of the patients, under the guidance of the medical assistants. Later, we attached to

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During my attachment in ETD, we had teaching classes with Dr Noor Hafiza, an
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presented cases and learned various procedures done in ETD. My unforgettable moment in
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very different to a human being. Besides that, I observed that there were multiple simple
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notes of the emergency standard of procedures put on large displays around the ETD. It may
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I also learned a lot from the nurses and medical assistants. Besides sharing their

experiences, they also allowed us to join their CMEs and do minor procedures such as simple

suturing, wound cleaning and IV cannulation. I was given a chance to accompany patients for

x-ray and CT-scan, allowing me to have more in-depth clerking of the patient, thus helping to

understand the patient more, besides building better rapport with them. I was also taught on

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In conclusion, I learned and experienced a lot during my elective posting attachment.
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I hope that all the knowledge and skills I acquired will be able to help me to become a good

and safe doctor, more understanding, more knowledgeable and more skilful for the benefits

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