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Stress Endured by Unpaid Doctors: A Case at Juba Teaching Hospital (Part 2)

Juba Teaching Hospital, one of the state-run health facilities. (Photo Credit - Eye Radio)

By Jessry Pasquali Oboya The internship year is an important formative year which may present some unique challenges to doctors. Thus, for a junior doctor to achieve effective training, good quality supervisors and adequate opportunities for experimental learning are a prerequisite. Also, conductive environment, personal attributes and good support systems are essential. Studies have been conducted in several countries, including middle and low income countries, to understand the challenges facing medical practitioners, the stress they encounter and its effect on their performance and commitment. Several factors were identified as major causes of stress among the house officers. These include poor work environment, social life imbalance, high patient load, inadequate time with relatives, medico-legal threats, annoying and uncooperative patients, frequent on-calls, consultations and insufficient salaries. The house officer in our country faces the gravest forms of these challenges compared to his colleagues in other parts of the world. The issue of […]

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Stress Endured by Unpaid Doctors: A Case at Juba Teaching Hospital (Part 1)

Juba Teaching Hospital, one of the state-run health facilities. (Photo Credit - Eye Radio)

By Jessry Pasquali Oboya Entry into medical school has always been very competitive and stressful. Besides, completing studies and beginning clinical practice is much more stressful than all previous years of studies. The prospect of commencing any new career is even more stressful and daunting. What is rather appalling is that medical education becomes more challenging as one goes higher. This is especially so in medicine where delicate human life is laid bare at stake. Yet the practice has no room for mistakes or negligence. To that effect, a period of supervised training known as ‘internship’ or ‘housemanship’, where the new young doctors undergo a structured training to enable them consolidate and extend theoretical clinical knowledge and technical skills, is provided for. It is akin to testing soldiers in series of battles after a military drill. A house officer, also known as a houseman, is a term used to refer […]

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