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Quitting Housemanship Part 2

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I have friends whom already quit housemanship. The have set an alternative course of doing things. These things are not really discuss in the HO ship world. Nobody wants to talk about it, because it is demoralizing and demotivated. Even when I was in charge of HO, I think probably like 10 of them had the idea of quitting. But yet, they never did.

I think if you conduct a study, such as, Did you ever thought of quitting during HO?

The answer would be close to 80 percent( my estimation).

HO ship is so tough that the best of us, would think of quitting.

Yesterday, I had an email from a HO, asking me, what to do if I quit?

The email sounds like this

” Bro, if I quit what can I do?, I am already a 5th poster?”


This guy is a 5th poster. He is at the verge of completing the HO training. But I think he may have freak out to think that he has committed to a life of putting patient first than of yourselves.

There is no time to chill, to relax and to breath.

But on the positive side, he is already 5th poster. And he is still a good doctor!


To become HO in Malaysia, you need to prepare your self for the worst. Believe me, the preparation to be a doctor is  70  percent of the game.

Mentally prepared. It like repeating the worst case scenario in your head before the real thing comes!

It is like going to a boot camp, but hell yeah you are being paid. A Boot camp that is so tough that, if you backed down you will never pass.

But again, to those who wish to resign from HO ship, life is still tough.

Did you ever think that, being HO was the only toughest thing you did. Nope. Life will beat you down. It will beat you so hard that no amount of force can pull you up, but only you can push your self up!


In the words of Rocky Balboa (Rocky)


“You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. “


Get it, it is about how hard you can GET HIT! 

And then just push forward.

And more,

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!

Push as hard as you can. So hard that, you forget the pain!

Just remember some body is going to take you place up, if you resign. Some one is going to see that patient, some one is going to do that CPR, some one will intubate the  young guy. And that some one will be You!

And now HO area already flooded in the system!


I am going to post this video, because this deserves honorable mention.









Written by M Khairul Z

June 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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