Daddies in Medicine ~ Dr. Tosin. Work-Family Balance, Working at the NHS Frontline.

By berrysmotivation - May 05, 2020

Dr Tosin is a GP registrar with a special interest in Musculoskeletal and Lifestyle Medicine. He is happily married with 3 kids. He had his medical training in Nigeria at the University of Benin. He initially started off as a trauma and orthopaedic registrar after completing his MRCS exams but has now made a career change to becoming a GP. He loves playing chess and scrabble in his spare time.
He created time to talk about work, family and COVID-19 in this insightful and exciting interview.

When you first became a Dad, was there a big change to your career?
I became a dad for the first time in 2012. At the time, there wasn't a big change to my career as I was still able to manage night shifts. The major career change came after our second child. It was at this point I entertained a big career change from orthopaedics to family medicine/GP

How did you cope with shifts/night shifts with the little ones?
My wife and I are very lucky as we have everything planned out. She currently works from home which allows her time to spend with the kids when I at work.

What would you say are the upsides to being a doctor.
I have always loved my job as a doctor. From working as a trauma and orthopaedic doctor to now working as a GP. I have experienced both sides of things. The adrenaline rush to the calmness and time to communicate with my patients. I also enjoy seeing my patients satisfied after consultations because they feel someone actually took out time to listen to them.

How do you create work-family balance?
This is different for everyone. I try to schedule activities with my wife and kids in our little weekly planner. This helps me ensure I am not spending too much time on one thing or the other. I do a few other things apart from Medicine, I am involved in health coaching, particularly around weight loss, dieting and keto diets. I host a podcast channel called Dr Tosins Surgery, this is available on all podcasts platforms. I also have a youtube channel where I discuss health and little vlogs of family life.
Finally I have just completed my keto-hybrid cookbook for Nigerian meals and my Keto smoothie Detox book. They are both available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on your family and work?
The current pandemic has been a big change for everyone. For my family, the fact that I face patients daily with a high risk of contracting the infection is a big worry for my wife and kids. It is also a whole lot with having to think of activities for the kids, just to keep them busy as they are currently off school. It has been good so far and I can't complain.

How would you describe your experience at the NHS front line?
My experience has been fairly straight forward in comparison to my colleagues in other specialties like emergency medicine, ICU etc. I am currently rotating in obstetrics and gynaecology and I have come across 2 high risk patients. 1 was suspected and the other was a confirmed case. I have ensured I maintain the standard PPE guidance and I would say I am ALERT but not ANXIOUS.

What advice do you have for dads and dads to be who are worried about balancing their full time jobs and family life?
I would tell them to think of what work life balance is to them and not to others. They also have to bear in mind that being a dad can be fluid and subject to change so they have to be flexible and be willing to adapt to changes. I am constantly always updating and balancing as I go along.

Please see link to Dr tosins books in Nigeria
Here is a link to his wife's online business this will encourage everyone currently stuck at home and thinking of a business start up.

I hope you had fun reading.
Dr Mute'

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