Meet Ogechi Nwogu: A newly registered doctor in Nigeria.

By berrysmotivation - August 10, 2017


Ogechi Nwogu shares her experience in medical school and what it felt like after graduating. She also talks about moving back to Nigeria, the experience so far and she shares few tips to help people about to start the process.


First off, I am glad I enjoyed medical school. Six years of greatness, lessons and growth. I always advise people to make it worthwhile. I mean after graduation, you might be too pre-occupied with life. Your university days should be seen as an investment, it will definitely prepare you for lots and perhaps pave way for something big when you are out.

While in school, I planned/organised events, anchored shows, did interviews, took part in lots of activities, had a business going, learnt how to sew etc. I could have passed for a social prefect as that was my own area of interest. Everyone created a niche for themselves so I had to at that time.

Those who graduated and went home (Nigeria) always had stories to tell and complained about the working condition, the story isn’t any different today. 

I graduated from medical school in June 2016, registered for the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) exam in July, wrote and passed the exam after 3 months of remedial courses. I got inducted in November of same year and was released into the real world to get placement for a 1 year internship. 

“Doctors always get jobs and good pay" well not anymore. Some people are quite lucky and others are not, as there is an amazing competition for space, no funds to pay salaries and difficult working conditions. The game is different with individuals, you may start immediately, a month perhaps 7-10 months after you get your license which expires after a year or two depending on when you get yours (in my case, every year).

Applying for house job involves sending your documents to the Hospital of your choice when applications are open. This wasn’t quite easy for obvious reasons but thankfully something good came up in the end. 

The truth is, if you know lots of influential people at the top you are likely to get a job as compared to those who do not, the case of merit is questionable as that is what the country has turned into. Also applying to the North comes with more chances than the populated cities, but then, everyone wants to work in the capital city or where there's life, "LAGOS".

That’s my story in a nutshell. Here are few tips to help anyone graduating soon and planning to move back to Nigeria.

While you are waiting for a placement, it is best to get a temporary job, learn a skill, be involved in something good, basically grow and develop yourself. Waiting on your salary can be a beautiful risk so if you have other ways to make money in the process, do so. If you have better options, do not hesitate to explore them. Your passion will keep you going, if not, do not waste your time and find what you are passionate about.

Things you can do post-induction, pre-housemanship:
  • Rest, relax, rest, when you start working, you will miss your free days so much so rest all you can.
  • Travel, same as above, you have all the time to tour space and back.
  • Volunteer: community service is amazing, you can find these opportunities on social media, in Churches and NGOs. This could go from free checkups/outreaches to working with NGOs for a period of time to door-to-door services. NGOs pay an average of 50,000 Naira per month, more or less. Outreach programs range from 5000 minimum to 15,000 Naira per day. Now you have to search for these opportunities or know people who would hook you up.
  • Get a job, this can be anywhere not necessarily in a hospital. Working in a hospital pays from 20,000 Naira to 90,000 Naira per month for your level.
  • Take on line courses,
  • Read books.
I had the opportunity to do all of these and the experience is overwhelming but most importantly don't overwork yourself before house job, you would regret it at some point. Take time to rest well.

Things you shouldn't do:
  • Do nothing throughout your unemployed days especially for those who plan on taking international medical exams or intend working outside the medical field. You certainly do not want that gap period on your CV as you should account for most of the time spent after graduation.
  • Overwork yourself, avoid wearing yourself out before house job. 
  • When you are unemployed, you'll complain a lot, when you start working, you'll complain too so learn to manage yourself and situation.
NOTE: 
  1. Being active in Medical school is underrated. You can stay focused amongst other things, it differs with individuals so know what works for you. 
  2. Waiting for long isn't always so for everyone, you just may get a job immediately after induction. 
Information regarding housemanship applications/openings, follow this link http://nigerianmedinterns.com or https://www.medicalworldnigeria.com/category/internship-openings

Congratulations in advance!!!

Drop your questions in the comment section, thanks for reading.

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2 comments

  1. Well said... We need to learn to take our careers into our own hands

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