Segamat

Friday, September 23, 2016
23 September 2016 - Going to Segamat, Johor for my 1 week labour posting is definitely an enriching and memorable one~ =)

MMMC (Segamat Campus), actually it's just shop lots~

Days before going to Segamat, I was worried, mainly because of the current comfort zone in Melaka I have been enjoying all these while. I need time to adapt to a new environment (I guess everyone does), and going there for 5 long days means no aircon, no good food, no friends and no comfy bed.

Main entrance to Segamat Hospital

I was driven here not only by car, but also by the positive feedbacks I got from my friends and seniors from the experiences they had in Segamat Hospital. On the first day itself, I examined a placenta with the guidance of Staff Nurse Tay. I can feel the soft and bouncy consistency of the placenta along with its umbilical cord.

Examining the placenta (more like washing vege)

Fortunately, there are 2 other friends from Batch 32 who came for labour posting as well, and they are Wei Ling and Fatin Shahira, so it means we have female chaperons to facilitate in procedures and also for permission to observe some obstetrical procedures, YAY! As males, Yong Jin and I faced many rejections in the O&G postings (in Melaka Hospital!) even to see some basic abdominal ultrasound scans~ =(

The 4 of us sticking together all the time~

First day of posting is on a Sunday, since the official working day for Johor starts on that day. Nevertheless, we stayed until 9 pm to watch the last emergency LSCS (lower segment caesarean section) to sum up our day! Felt so occupied and tired for the day but we have definitely learnt a lot compared to Melaka.

The rest of the days in Segamat were well spent, with the exception of me going back to Melaka for portfolio defense on Tuesday and coming back on the same day ~_~

The dorm view from my bed

For our stay in Segamat, we are granted a dormitory which is actually modified shop lots few minutes away from Segamat Hospital. There are various students from other postings who were staying with us too. The ground floor is the male dormitory whereas the 1st floor is for females. There are also washing machines, clean toilets with functioning heaters for bathing purposes and a study room with aircon for us.

Guess what is my bed number ;)

Frankly speaking, the dormitories are quite stuffed up and it gets warm at night. This condition also favours some blood-sucking visitors to drop by and feed on us, they are none other than the cute cute bloody mosquitoes x_x This reminded me of my time when I was staying in an old hostel room in Tagore hostel, Manipal. I told myself that I have survived that hostel for a year, and now these temporary uncomfortable-ness are just tiny challenges in life~ =)

Dinner at Kampung Cafe

Food in Segamat is good. There are many hawkers centers around and also some nice cafes nearby. The cost of living there is lower as seen by the price of the food. A plate of chicken rice costs RM 4 while in Melaka, it easily costs more than RM 5. For the first 2 days, Yong Jin and I were just roaming around during meal times to explore the unexplored areas LOL. On the 3rd day itself, we had dinner with Wei Ling and her friend, Kah Suen who is in Anaesthesia posting.

Aircon study room, time to take a nap!

Some new friends I have met in Segamat:
1) Wei Ling: With the surname of Lee, she is one of the person from Batch 32 whom I know she exists but I don't know her personally before this. Quiet and shy at first but friendly, approachable, and straight-forward when we get to know her. Laughs a lot. Laugh threshold moderate.

2) Kah Suen: Knew her since first year because of Chin Leong. Can laugh suddenly walao, without any triggering factor or stimulus. Laugh threshold lowest among humanity. But as future doctors, we don't discriminate our patients friends~ jk

3) Fatin: She is a proactive person and a learner. Even with 3 of us as Chinese friends, she doesn't isolate from us much. She even remembered that the first time we met was in Kochi, but as usual, I couldn't recall my first encounter with people that I'm not close with LOL

4) Leon: He is a final year medical student from Monash, based in JB. Serious looking at first but is approachable and helpful at times.

5) Dr Cheong & Dr Woo: Both of them are housemen graduated from MMMC Batch 25. They totally understood the pain of having a portfolio that need to be filled by doctors (if you get what I mean). Dr Cheong is good in his CME presentation, with adequate medical knowledge, he knows what he is presenting and is able to answer questions directed to him. Definitely one of the person I am going to look up to!

6) Hasif: The one who slept beside me (not on the same bed). Super-friendly and is willing to share his experiences and advice to me all the time. He is from the same batch as me but different class.

Oh and did I mention the super cool UD52 O&G specialist I encountered on the first day, Dr Arivendran. With a stylish classical maggi hairstyle, hawaiian shirt, bluetooth headphones on his neck and a croc slipper, he just go for ward rounds as usual with his soothing English accent~

Definitely one of the place I will miss~ 

Experiences in Segamat is one that I have learnt the most in my O&G posting. I managed to get hands on to conduct the 3rd stage of labour (placental delivery), perform a PV examination to look for cervical dilatation and effacement, and many of the practical things I am only able to get from textbooks if I were in Melaka.

Went through ups and downs, thick and thins, thank you guys~ =')

Thank you to all who have guided me this far. I am currently in my room in Melaka, enjoying the chilling aircon and back to my comfort zone~ =)

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