How To Survive Your First Clinical Posting

Look at me now, I’ve completed about 16+ weeks of clinical posting and I’m feeling like I’m in the perfect place to give advice on this topic. Clinical posting starts in year 4 of medical school in Nigeria and I already spent sometime in explaining it’s modalities in this article.

1. Be prepared to talk to strangers and be overly friendly.

One of the things I didn’t realize on time was how friendly I had to be. Having to smile and greet people I didn’t quite know took some time to get used to, and worst still imagine asking a man old enough to be your father how many women he sleeps with asides his wife or if he has ever had erectile dysfunction. I wish someone had told me these things, so that somehow I would have been mentally prepared. They forget to tell us that as doctors we are actually social workers too and will be required to interact with many many people, sometimes under otherwise awkward circumstances. It helps to keep the perspective that you are trying to help the patient get better.

2. Be prepared to see a lot of nakedness.

I was not ready y’all. I was telling my friend the other day that I have seem too many penises for my own good. I’m not even sure that’s the correct spelling. All I’m saying is arm yourself, be ready. We don’t just expose patient for the sake of exposing them, it is absolute necessary to do so in other to examine them properly. Of course, after some time you will become desensitized and it will mean nothing to you, but for some weeks you will feel scarred and invaded, that’s if you are anything like me though.

3. Be respectful

As you spend time in the hospital, you will notice that most doctors are angry and frustrated people that really don’t give two kobo about you, but that’s talk for some other time. There is hierarchy in medicine. If you’ve been around long enough, you’d have heard someone say this. The seniority thing is a serious something. You must say “Thank you” after every correction. No use of slangs when talking to a senior colleague. You must always addressed them appropriately, with a Sir or Ma. You must be sober, well dressed, well behaved and well mannered. Medicine is all about keeping up appearances so you’d better be super good at that.

4. Know the Basics.

As you spend time at the hospital, you’ll realize some things are basic and those are the things they ask over and over again. Know those things, if you don’t know those things don’t bother moving higher. This is actually of utmost importance. Know how to clerk. Know how to perform your examinations. Vitals. Know the cause of anemia, lymphadenopathy, edema etc. I repeat know the basics.

5. Have a Small Pocket-Sized Journal.

Have a note that can fit in your ward coat. Go to a bookshop and ask them to show you the sizes of all the notebooks they have especially those paperline-hardcover types. Take the one that’s small enough to carry around but also has enough quality to last years. Gems always drop during wardrounds and clinics and tutorials and all that, so you have to always be ready to take stuff in and the good news is the same questions are always recycled and asked again so you can always flip through your notes and be the star of the group. Another thing I should let you know is that medicine is subjective and you will often come in contact with doctors that have different takes on various practices. One doctor might say you should check for lymph node enlargement lying down another might say do it sitting up. You will learn how to navigate through these disparities as time goes by. In the meantime, take good notes of whatever you are told.

6. Try to keep up the momentum.

Clinicals can be tough. You will stand for hours and be quizzed every chance there is. Days will be long and nights will be short, it might get difficult to study but try your best to do your best. Do all you can to study and keep up the momentum. It’s very easy to relax because the excuses are there and they are legitimate but don’t get carried away, you still have exams to ace and lives to save so make sure you’re spending however little time you might have being productive.


My first clinical rotations were somewhat bitter sweet mainly because I didn’t know some if these things but you are in luck, yours will be better. I assure you.

Love & love—O

The 3 Most Important Things I Learnt From Reading “Die Empty”

I read this amazing book by Todd Henry a while ago and I’m excited to share the most important things I took away from the experience. 

On Death

Most of us don’t think about death, or try as much as possible to avoid the topic. The few of us who embrace the topic in our minds are mostly afraid, or indifferent. But Todd finds death to be the greatest motivation to live your best life now. It’s astonishing to see that this is a pattern. Most people that make a mark in the world, think very often of death. In his words, we’re all going to die and we need to make a contribution. An apt example of the way the thought of dying can be a significant tool of living a gratifying life is seen with Steve Jobs who said

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself ‘If today were the last day if my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that I am going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap  of thinking you’ve got something to lose. You’re already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart.

On Work

The way we are introduced to work as children is so wrong. Work is good. Work is what makes us human, what gives us fulfilment. The ish is to find work that is meaningful to you and valuable to others. The author defines work like this;

Work is not just about you, or making money. Work is about your contribution. You way of making the world a better place. There are more details into what work really is and types in the book. The types of work include planning, doing and personal development. The important thing is to find the balance between all these three elements. Some people are great at planning but they don’t do very well with doing. Some people plan and do very well but they remain on the same spot because they don’t bother to improve in themselves and evolve. Work is dynamic, always moving but the most important thing is that it is relevant. This is how to find joy in work. Pure untainted joy is realizing that you are contributing the best that you can to the world. 

On Passion

All my life before I read the book, I never knew passion meant to suffer for or with something. It’s that thing you can go the extra mile for, not because it’s not hard or you’re not tired but because you love it. You love it so much, you are  willing to suffer for it. And so when you realize this I guess the obvious question you ask yourself is what am I willing to suffer for? That act of self assessment, I have come to learn from the book, is called choosing your battle. You see the world is so screwed up that you as an individual can’t possibly help with everything. You can’t contribute to every single cause, but there is a particular problem you are well equipped to  solve, just by being you. It sounds like a motivational work-up just to get your blood pumping, but believe it or not, it is true. Todd goes on to give points to find such problems that we are naturally predisposed to solve. 

  1.  Compassionate anger
  2. Hope/aspirations
  3. Obsession

So ask yourself; what am I angry about? What do I hope to do or be? What am I totally obsessed with? And if for a while, your answers are consistent. There, that’s your passion. That’s the battle you are willing to fight. That’s the battle you will most likely win because you will be willing to stick to it when it’s hard and you’d rather go to bed. Sometimes you have to go through things you don’t love to get to where you do love. Todd shares the story of one of the best American football players, Curtis Martin, who claimed to not like the game at all throughout his life. Even when he got a chance to play, he was going to reject it. But then, his pastor told him he could use the fame and the popularity of an athlete to influence and mentor young adults. So when Martin went training, he wasn’t playing for the game in itself by for a greater purpose or aspiration in mind. He fought to be the best, not just for the sake of being called the best but to use that position for what he really wanted. So know that your passion most times might not be a clear wide road, sometimes it’s zig-zag. What’s important is to define who you are, and what you want and keep your eyes on that, through whatever phase you might be in. 

Be sure to die empty 😉

Getting The Best Results; Pseudo Work Vs. Deep Work

Have you heard stories of people who read like mad dogs and still fail exams?

People that seem so serious in life and can’t seem to leave the average ring. With time, they start to believe that their case is spiritual, but that’s not it. It’s a case of pseudo work. We all know success takes hard work. We all know you don’t get what you don’t prepare for. The success that lasts takes effort. It doesn’t just happen. What we don’t know, or what we’ve always ignored is what kind of work success requires. That’s what I’m here for. I’m going to tell you. Success, I must mention before I continue that I’m am not talking about all these short lived versions of successes we have around, like graduating with a first class, I mean that’s awesome if you make something out of it but most don’t… Anyway, moving on. I mean success that involves solving people’s problems on a grand scale, being a blessing, like literally. That kind of success doesn’t necessarily require hard work. What is needed is deep work. And what most of us do is pseudo work, aka fake work. I’ll make all my gibberish clear soon.

Let me give an example;

Pseudo work is when you have a test on Monday and today is Friday. You plan to study for the test during the weekend but you don’t give a specific time slot to studying. You launch into your weekend. Suddenly you realize it’s Saturday night and you haven’t even opened your study material, so you say to yourself, I’m going to read for six hours tomorrow. When tomorrow, that is Sunday, comes. You settle down to read. You have your phone by your side. You study well, for about 30 minutes, jotting like a pro. Tho you take several tiny breaks to check your phone and tell your buddies that you are studying amongst other random gist and scrolling. But that doesn’t really matter since you get what you’re reading. After about 90 minutes you’re tired, the work seems boring and inscrutable but you continue, you stop jotting, you continue taking breaks to check your phone, you relax, now you’re not even assimilating anything again, you’re just reading the words and anytime your phone buzzes, you hurry to catch it. You go on like that for the entire 6 hours and when someone asks you if you studied, you’ll feel a sense of pride and contentment overwhelm you. The truth however is that you will not do great on that test. You might do good. But you will not do great. Great is 80% and above. Your work was fake. And that’s how most of us live life.

We forget the importance of focus. Some people say things like I can read with my phone, I can study with movies, I can study with music, except the music is without lyric and it’s classical, see all that is just bullshit, if you actually want to be above average results in your life. The key is focus. It’s not the length of time, it’s not finishing the textbook, it’s not any of that crap. It’s focus and consistency. If you want to find a solution to someone’s problem set a time in the day when you dedicate all your mind to that problem and do it consistently. That’s deep work. You don’t have to do it for 20 hours. Just switch off your phone for at least 30 minutes every single day. Experience quiet and think, plan and read. Exercise your mind to concentrate, to brainstorm and to be exceptional.

The world is not looking for someone who can do exactly what any six year old can do with wifi and a mobile phone. The world is looking for actual solutions to actual problems and if you don’t decide to contribute you are only, directly or indirectly, adding to the burden of the world. Yes, if you are average, it only means you are +1 to the list of people that outstanding people will boss around, fend for and levy.

Quit pseudo work. And rise.

What are some of the challenges you face with getting productive work done? Do you believe in the idea  of Pseudo work?

Love & love—O

Everything You Need to Know About Studying Medicine in Nigeria as a Young School Leaver or Secondary School Student

Cover Photo; A photograph of classmates taken by a classmate.

90% of Nigerian parents want their kids to study medicine. 80% of the best graduating sciences students will be coaxed to study the course. Only about a 10th percentile of these people will eventually get to spend the better part of their youth training to be a doctor. It’s definitely not a bed of roses but let’s not fool ourselves, it’s also not that bad, there are many many perks to studying medicine, some if which I have mentioned in this article that I encourage you to look through.

For easy navigation I have broken this piece up into segments so that I won’t forget anything and so that you will also have a wholesome reading experience.

How do you know medicine is for you?

You should know that at your age (14,15,16,17,18) most people don’t know what they want to do with their lives. It can all be a game of time and chance but that does not mean you should leave it all to luck and not at least think critically about your life and the direction you want it to take. I will highlight some questions that will help you find out if medicine is for you.

1. Do you like biology, and can you accommodate some chemistry?

In my opinion those are the core subject that will help build a foundation for medical sciences, although your English should be good too, but don’t be too bothered about that, they’re are many great doctors that speak bad English, at least be fluent in your mother tongue.

2. Do you like learning?

You don’t need to be a genius but you need to love learning because there will always be an endless supply of things to learn. If you’re someone that is easily bored by consuming information then you should look into other career options like engineering which has more to do with calculations.

3. Are you okay with enduring hardship, some/most of them undue?

Medicine is chiefly a thing of endurance. There will be courses you don’t like. There will be things you don’t understand. You will spend many years in school. You will miss birthdays and weddings and burials. No one is ever really ready for all that medical training costs you, but it helps to be able to mentally quiz yourself whether this is something you are really willing to give it all for?

4. Do you feel God’s leading?

You’re not too young to know what God wants for you. Pray and wait and listen. You’ll know if it’s right for you. I know I did. Don’t make the mistake of thinking, what does God care what I do? He does care, a lot, so involve Him.

Choosing A University

Okay, now that we’ve settled the part of you knowing for sure, we need to talk about uni. Don’t let anybody pressure you about any school, you need to check these things out for yourself. Ask questions from people you know who study medicine at those school. If anything comes to your mind, write it down and ask them later (you can ask me anything, send an email to helloomooba@gmail.com). If you don’t have such people around you, you have the internet, instead of scrolling through Facebook, research, research and research!

Decide whether or not to stay close to home or far. I would recommend you stay close, so you won’t run out of money too often and you’d be really busy anyway so if you stay too far away you might not see your family for as long as two years and trust me you will need emotional support but I know not everyone has nice families so if you know being away will do more good to you, go. God can connect you to a new family of like minded people that will look out for you and take care of you.


Medical school is also an expensive venture, so be prepared to spend some money. And if you know you come from an humble background, look for cheap alternatives which are Federal Schools (although that is also speedily changing) and find ways to cut expenses, also be on the look out for scholarships.


Now,

The Admission Requirements;

Medicine is competitive, I don’t need to tell you that. Getting admission can be frustrating and most people (including me) don’t get in on the first try and let me just tell you now in plain text; there’s always a favour factor as there are many qualified applicants to study medicine every year yet most of them do not get in. I got admission into a school I didn’t even choose on my JAMB form. Story for another day.

You will be required to do very well in your science core subjects; Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. I advise that you do well all round. There’s an higher chance of getting scholarships that way if that is something you need. You must be focused and know what you want on time. Do GCE first to get a hang of things and know your weak points so that you can work harder on them. I recommend that you do WAEC GCE and not NECO, because it is more standardized and more recognised.

For Jamb, you will be required to take the English, chemistry, physics and biology papers. Give it your all. Jamb can be weird but just give it your very best and if you fail it’s not a big deal, I’ve told you most people don’t get it on the first try, don’t lose hope. Get up and do it again. And listen, a gap year might be the best thing that ever happens to you, it was for me. I’m forever grateful for that one year I got to do A level’s, learn more about science and meet the best people. Some of the people I met back then are still my best friends today.

The Curriculum

I’m happy I’m doing this cause nobody really told me in detail what the medical school curriculum was like, my dad tried but there’s only so much a person can know from the outside.

100level; differs from school to school but you will do the same 100level courses as those in your faculty. Some Universities have special rules for medical students, for example in my school if you fail any course in 100level you will be kicked out of medical school. Yup, just like that.

200level -300level; this is the preclinical part of Medical school. You will take on Anatomy (Gross anatomy + Histology + Embryology), Physiology and Biochemistry. In some schools, community medicine is added to that, while in other schools like mine, community medicine is done in the clinical half.

400level: is majorly pathology (Histopathology + Chemical Pathology + Microbiology + Hematology) and pharmacology but depending on your school, you might have various clinical postings interspersed through out the year. Clinical postings included wardrounds, clinics, scrubbing in on surgeries and the like. In short, shadowing actual doctors in the teaching hospital.

500level: Comprises Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Pediatrics.

600level: Medicine, Surgery, Community Medicine (in my school) and Special Postings.

Take note that in 400 level you will be at least introduced to all the courses you’ll do in 500& 600 level so it’s not as fixed or static as I’ve made it seem in my layout. Special posting includes Psychiatry, Anesthesia, Opthalmology, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and other subspecialties.

After medical school you will then embark on a compulsory one year internship in a teaching hospital to fully horn your skills as a practicing doctor. The good news is you will get paid handsomely. The not so good news is you will work your behind off, but hey it will make you so much better as a doctor, isn’t that what we all want? So I guess we have a win-win situation on our hands.

The Main Exams

We call the professional exams in medical school MBs. You will write a total of four throughout your Nigerian medical education.

MB part 1- 300level, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry.
MB part 2 – 400level, Pathology & Pharmacology.
MB part 3 – O&G, Pediatrics.
MB part 4 – Medicine, Surgery, Community Medicine (depending on your school) and Special Postings.

Coming to terms with the sacrifices you will make…

Medical school will cost you more than most fields of study will. You must be mentally prepared. You must arm yourself with all the information you can get and you must be prepared to fight for your sanity and worth. Don’t let medical school define you or your worth. Strive to be a balanced human being and give yourself the time and space to grow.

One of the reasons why I like and I’m grateful for medical school is that it always puts me in situations bigger than me and forces me to grow up and depend on God more. I see it as a blessing.

Coming to terms with the glory that will follow…

As there are sacrifices there are also perks. There are also mountain top moments that come with being a medical student. There will be glory days, and the glory days are very much worth all the sacrifices.

In conclusion…

It’s my deepest desire that this helps as many young people as possible one way or the other. If you are an adult reading this, I beg you to share it with a younger person especially secondary school students and help them make better choices for their future.

If this is for you and you have questions, please leave your question in the comment section, I’d be overjoyed to provide an answer. I wish you all the very best in your academic endeavors and I hope to meet you one day and speak with you as a colleague.

The 6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Make You More Productive

Cover Photo: illustration from The Guardian.

Your phone doesn’t have to be a distraction. It can be the best thing that ever happened to you. I know because I’ve experienced it both ways. And I can tell you, with zero doubt, that you’ll love your phone more when it’s making you better rather than being the source of all you woes and self loathe.
 
1. Cold Turkey

So this is an app I just discovered, it’s for the phone addicts. You can tell me, I was once an addict too. I mean it’s so easy, just keep scrolling and refreshing and all your time is gone. Anyway, what this app does is block all activity on your photo for the stipulated time you set. I think what I really like about cold turkey is that there’s no way to override it. So your phone is totally out of reach for that time and you can get some productive work done. It’s a great resource.

2. Pamadora Timer.

There’s something known as the panmadora technique of getting work done. You focus on a task for 25 mins straight and then you take a five minutes break and then get back to work again. And so the cycle goes, when you’ve competed four 25 mins sessions, you get a fifteen minutes break. This generally helps to get work done effectively because your brain gets time to rest and recharge. You can try the techniques manually, that is by setting your phone’s default stopwatch and all that, but I’ve been there and it can be quite exhausting to use to. Meanwhile, Good Time is a perfect, perfect app for the Pandora technique. It’s basically a Pandora timer. So yeah download it and give it a try. Available on the Playstore.

3. Switch Off App Notifications

I didn’t know we could do this y’all. You can actually switch off notifications. So your phone doesn’t buzz every time someone likes your picture or retweets your video. Right now, all app notifications on my phone are switched off and it’s awesome. I am not so engaged with my phone and my data lasts longer. All you have to go to the settings of your phone and go to app notification. Then Block em. All of em. Done? Yay!!! Go you!!!

4. Make a list of stuff you want to research on the internet before you get on the internet. 

See ehn, all of us are guilty. True, true. You came online to do research for an assignment but then The Grammys carries your attention or maybe it’s Kim K. Save yourself all the wandering. Make a list. Write it down. Everything you want to do on the internet, put it on paper. That way when you are just aimlessly trolling the internet, you’ll be fully aware you are wasting your time and being unproductive.

5. Switch On Do Not Distrub. 

There’s another thing I didn’t know about. Apparently. You can switch on do not disturb on your phone. No, seriously, how cooooool is that? How do people keep blaming their phones for their unproductivity again? See, it’s your choice. Use this thing for your good.

6. Record Your Lectures. 

I did this a lot when I was in 100 level. It didn’t work out very well for some lectures because the class was so loud and I could barely hear a thing but when it does work, it’s pretty awesome. Imagine if all those times you’re jaming music, if you were actually jaming your note. There’s no way little bits of information won’t stick to your subconscious. And just like that you’re on your way to great grades. So if a particular course is giving you trouble, try recording the class. Or record yourself reading to yourself. And there you have it! AN AUDIOBOOK. Listen to it over and over and over again.

Are there other ways you found that your phone can be helpful specifically for studying? Please share them with me in the comment. Be sure to ask any question too.

I Found the Hack for Procrastination!


It’s everyone’s nightmare. It’s what makes us miss our deadlines and seem so darn irresponsible at important settings. It’s the reason we don’t get As or make a millions. It has a name we all know too well; Procrastination.


Like every young adult, I have also struggled with putting off things I know I should very well be doing if I really want the results I say I want but this past week, I can say of a truth I murdered procrastination with my bare hands and got all my work done. I’m here to show you how you can do the same.


First, Be proactive


If you want to be more productive, you have to be proactive. We often don’t do the things we’re suppose to do at the right time because when we plan to do those thing we fail to also plan how to tackle obstacles that might hinder us from achieving our goals. If I know I need to study and I’m sure that my phone will be a distraction, the ideal thing to do is put my phone on silent and put off my data, or if need be put it in a room far away from me. If I want to have a productive weekend, I should not go get a tonne of movies from my friend. It’s common sense but it is also so easy to miss.

Do everything you can to make your task as accessible and easy to do as possible. Set a reminder on your phone if you tend to forget things. If you know you get tired easily, pack a snack or have an heavy breakfast. Take a book everywhere if you’re trying to read more often, so that in all that down time you can get to reading. You understand what I’m saying right? Envision a problem and solve it in advance. I am aware there are some things that will come up out of the blue and you can’t plan for but those instances, if we’re being honest, are a rarity and often need more time than can be planned for anyway. Leave those impromptu instances, you will tackle them and make up as they occur. In the meantime, try what I have said first, and let me know how it goes.


Second, Change your mindset


You have to see yourself as someone that actually gets things done. If you see yourself as hardworking and productive you’ll act like it. It’s all a mind game. The reason why we’re in this seemingly unending loop of procrastination is because we’ve accept that identity. We’ve taken it as our default mode, as normal. The more I thought of myself as someone that is efficient at what I do and not lazy, the more I played it out. Even in times when I was tired, I made myself believe that I could do more and so I did. I only gave out in moments when I physically couldn’t go on, like falling asleep on my books or developing a severe headache in which case, I’d take a break.


Also, I stopped comparing myself to others or seeing myself as others. Before when others said they were tired, I’d just automatically assume that I should be too even though more often than not, I wasn’t. If other’s complained the class was boring I would start to think so too. If people were sleeping in class, it would validate my urge to sleep too. I stopped thinking like that. I decided to choose who I wanted to be even if that meant enjoying a class everyone thought was boring or being happy and content when everyone else was tired and complaining. I decided to be myself and even more so be a better me. I didn’t just do what I like, I did what I thought was best to do. You should try that too.


Stop looking for excuses or motivation, just do whatever it is you know is best to do. Here’s something I said to my friend who was having trouble getting stuff done at the office (yes, I have friends who work in offices now, I feel old)— Just do it baby! Motivation/inspiration are for mere mortals anyway. I’m allowed to say that, cause I’m born again. I’m not just a human being, God’s spirit is inside me and He makes me capable. The next time you feel the urge to shift things, change your thinking.


Third, Celebrate


When you eventually get your work done, take some time to let the giddy feeling wash over you in s l o w m o t i o n. Be happy with yourself, give yourself a pat on the back and if hugs are your thing, go ahead and hand yourself a bear hug. This works much like cocaine or alcohol. The reason people keep going back to those substance is that it has an element that triggers the pleasure centres of the brain and makes the abuser feel good. The exact same thing could happen to you when you get stuff done. You just feel good and you could get so addicted to this feel-good-feeling that you can’t wait to get another dose. All you need to do is to take that first step in the right direction and everything else will fall into place. This is actually a good addiction to have don’t you agree?

So here are the hacks I’ve found. I hope they will be immeasurably helpful to you. Take the time to practice them and see for yourself. The future is now. The future is here, don’t wait one second, grab it! I am looking forward to hearing all your success stories.

Love & love—O

25 Reasons to Not Quit or Get Discouraged in Medical School


Every medical student has felt like quitting one time or the other, I’m writing this for you and for me too, so that in those times of frustration and despair we can come back here, to a place of remembrance and find strength to carry on.

  1. Do it for the money. You will be comfortable, that much is true. There’s no point feeling bad at being motivated by how much reward you will have for your labour. Again, do it for the money.
  2. Learning about the human body is fun. It’s a lot, but it’s fun. Sometimes that’s enough.
  3. You see people at their most vulnerable, that’s a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
  4. You get to wear super cool scrubs. Ward coats aren’t bad either. Only superheroes have costumes right?
  5. While others can only dream about saving the world, you get to do that everyday by saving lives.
  6. You have the opportunity to rub minds with some of the most intelligent people in the world. Awesome!
  7. You will always be respected wherever you go. Not every professional can boast of that.
  8. No place will grow you as fast or as thoroughly as med school. Yay growth!
  9. You already made it this far, you can definitely finish strong.
  10. You’d make your parents proud, and all their investments wouldn’t be in vain. That has to count for something.
  11. You are exposed to a vast array of specialities and sub specialities, you could be anything you want to be, literarily.
  12. You have a chance to be better than your current superiors.
  13. You will always be relevant.
  14. You get to partner with God in keeping humans alive.
  15. You are indoctrinated into the lifelong commitment of learning. How cool!
  16. Nothing lasts forever, including med school.
  17. You get to break doctor stereotypes. Yay youuuu! Stereotype breaker!
  18. Unlike most graduates, most of what you learn in school is actually useful in the real world.
  19. You get to see some of the most beautiful wondrous things ever made. Like a heart, lungs, stomach. Ah, too awesome.
  20. You get to experience the best of the best miracles, like a child being born, like a heart beat, like fractures healing.
  21. Do it despite the naysayers, and everyone who said you couldn’t, and every situation that tried to stop you. Do it despite the opposition. Do it because of it all, despite it all.
  22. Do it so you can find some more solutions to health issues, do it because the world needs you.
  23. Do it for those that look up to you, so they can see that they can do it too.
  24. Do it for all the stories you’ll gather, for all the seemingly impossibles that became possible.
  25. Do it because if God be for you, who can be against you? Nobody. Not even Med school.

I believe in you, I believe in us. We are the future of medicine and oh how bright that future is!

Love & love—O

How to Deal with Stressful & Difficult Seasons in Life (Part 3)

Yay! Welcome to the final installment of this series. it’s been quite a ride hasn’t it? I am sure the Lord has opened your eyes to a couple of things. We thank God. If you don’t know what I am talking about read the first and second parts respectively before reading this one.

We read the bible and listen to the Holy Spirit for direction

What makes stressful situations more stressful is perhaps no knowing what next to do to make it better and this is where we as children are advantaged because we have the bible. We study the bible to get wisdom and direction on what to do next and how to solve problems. The bible says in Hebrews 4:12 that For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and I remember that a little over a year ago I got the revelation that what God was saying there is that he knows our deepest thought and needs and only the word of God is vast enough to proffer solutions to whatever might come up in our lives. God’s word is the perfect fix.

So when next you find yourself stressed out, tired or depressed, pick up your bible and read it, tell the Holy Spirit to give you insight and I trust that you will have some clearity in your area of need.

We meditate on the word

Now that we’ve read the word, we have a responsibility to meditate on it. Remember the parable of the sower? (Matthew 13). Only the word that fell on a receptive heart produced a 100 fold. Keep your mind on the word, don’t rush, say it slow. Have you ever been serve really good jollof rice?

Yum!

If you have you know that it is not food to be rushed, it is a meal to be savoured each bit at a time. So is the word of God. Don’t gloss over it, every single word is there for a reson and for your blessing, so don’t serve yourself short by paying little or no attention.

The Lord told Joshua in Joshua 1:8, This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. The bible also says that those that meditate on the word of God shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water bearing fruit all year round (Psalm 1:2-3). God word is the river that produces fruit, so abide there in. The act of meditation is a conscious one and so you can’t pretend to do it, and you can’t speed it up. Take your time.

Most times when we get bored we turn to our phones or the media, but guess what? There’s a more profiting option. We can meditate on the word of God, we can think deeply on it, and as we do so, we see that the word ministers to us, the word meets our needs. In Philippians (4:8) the bible says brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things, well there’s a shortcut to that rule. Just think on the bible!

We enjoy the company of our friends

The value of friendship is grossly underrated and most people go through life, not really having a lot of good friends. If that’s the case for you. my heart prays for you that the Lord will connect you to good and true friends in Jesus’ name. Sometimes, when the stress is getting to you all you need is a good laugh. The bible say that laughter is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22).

When you are stressed, call your friend, someone you know will encourage you and let them encourage you. Let them remind you of how amazing and strong you are. Let them make fun of you till you laugh, let them take you out to lunch or dinner or cook for you or cook with you, let them play PES or FIFA with you, let them take you on a walk.

During the time I was preparing for a professional exam and I was in my room studying all day, everyday and I was slowly losing it. I put on my WhatsApp status that I was stressed (or something like that I don’t remember exactly) and so my friend texted back that he was coming to take me out. Haha. I thought he was joking, but in five minutes or there about he was at my door and we took a walk, it was around 7pm, the weather was cool, campus was beautiful. That night was definitely one of my best memories of my time in school. Thanks Issac!

And I can’t even start to mentioning all the people that are constantly praying for me and encouraging me. Some people say they don’t want Christian friends because they are no fun. Perphaps that is true, fun is subjective, but godly friends save you! They pray for you, they remind you of who you are in Christ when you are weak and most of all, they give you space to be you, flaws and all, just as Jesus does and they balance that out by inspiring and encouraging you to do better.

I know that not everyone has friends of this sort, but you know what? That’s not on anyone. Make an effort to make friends. Don’t expect perfection, everyone has their issues, be friendly, be accommodating and put yourself out there, good friends will find you. Also pray about it, and go with the spirit’s leading. God will definitely bring the friends you need your way.

Thank you so much for reading. I know this was quite long, but it was worth it right? I hope you’ve been blessed. If you have anything you want me to talk about, please, please let me know in the comments. God bless you.

Love & love—O

Church Notes #1: Continuous Promotion


Disclaimer: These are excerpts from my sermon notes, they are not all the exact words of the preacher, they are written as understood by me.


Preached on 3rd March 2019 at Abundant Grace Church, Osogbo by Pastor Amos Adetunji.


March as been declared as our month of Unusual Promotion.


An uncommon promotion is a continuous one. Most people get successful and more successful until they reach a peak then they stop, but it is quite spectacular to have someone who never stops succeeding or prospering. It’s unique. Only God blesses that way.


But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:18 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.4.18.KJV


How do we enjoy continuous promotion?

Set Godly Priorities.


You have to make up your mind on certain things. Pastors gave us six things to prioritize this month to enjoy continuous promotion.

Praise.


Instead of complaining this month, and all the time really, why don’t you praise the Lord? Why don’t you just burst into singing? This really resonated with me because usually school gets me complaining a lot but I’ve made a pact with myself that anytime I feel like complaining I will shout hallelujah instead and find a reason to thank my good good God. Wanna join me?


The Word.


We should not be tossed to and fro concerning the things of God. The words has all the answers to all our questions. The words contains all we need to succeed at everything. Let the word of God be number one in your life. Put everything else in the back sit. If anything is contrary to God’s word, please don’t think twice about it, just let it go.


Wisdom.


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

Proverbs 4:7‭-‬8 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.4.7-8.KJV


Open your mind to learn. Gather information. Seek to know. Seek to know God for your own self.


The seeming foolishness of God is way better than the wisdom of mere men. It pays to follow the wisdom of God. Those that follow God reap the benefits, there is no doubt about that.


Revelation of God’s word.


Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the signs (attesting miracles), but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes, but for food that endures [and leads] to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you; for God the Father has authorized Him and put His seal on Him.”

JOHN 6:26‭-‬27 AMP

https://bible.com/bible/1588/jhn.6.26-27.AMP

Follow the revelation of the spirit. Revelation will eventually give birth to everything that you want. If you chase after the natural, you will lose sight of the supernatural which brings about the natural blessing. Every blessing and promotion starts in the mind so seek to have your mind illuminated by the revelation of God’s word.

Faithfulness.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Luke 16:10‭-‬13 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.16.10-13.KJV


You have to choose who you are going to be faithful to, who you can going to serve.


A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings, But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.

PROVERBS 28:20 AMP

https://bible.com/bible/1588/pro.28.20.AMP

Be faithful. Be committed. Be consistent. Don’t be neither here nor there. Be determined to be a good steward of whatever you’ve been blessed with, while being ultimately accountable to God.


Savings.


The way of the rich is to save. Don’t say you make too little to put some away, it’s not true. Cut some expenses and make room for gathering. There are 3 principles you should imbibe in your money matters;


Decide to give to God, tithe.

Decide to give to your parents, whether or not they were good parents. Just do it.


Decide to give to your future, save.

With time, you will reap a harvest of doing these things consistently.


Set priority on your savings this year.

Dedication


Be dedicated to the cause of Christ and whatever you do.


1 Samuel 16:10-30 tells the story of when Samuel wanted to anoint a new king and God kept saying no to the seemingly good men,until it got to the turn of David. Funny enough when they asked of him, he was said to be on his father’s field. Pastor asks, why should the brothers leave the last born in the field to tend the flock alone?


The Lord only promotes dedicated people. The Lord looks at the heart.


John 4:4-32 tells the tell of Jesus and the woman by the well, you should actually open your Bible and read it.


In verse 4, the holy spirit was directing Jesus to take a longer route to Galilee. A more difficult route. And even though he was hungry He still had the time/energy/passion to preach to the woman by the well, more so by the time the disciples came back, He said He was already full because His food was to do his work! How deep is that? How many of us can say our food is our work?


If Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords was dedicated to his mission and purpose then who are we to be lazy? We have no excuse.


Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 4:34 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.4.34.KJVLuke 15:38.


Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Luke 18:22 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.18.22.KJV


Have a blessed week ahead fam.

Love & love—O

How to Deal with Stressful & Difficult Seasons in Life (Part 2)

Well, hello there. Welcome to the month of March. Today we are picking up where we left off the last time. If you haven’t read the part one of this series please, read that first. Let’s get right into it then.

We take authority

There will be stressful times when you can’t go to church cause it’s neither a Sunday nor church day. And there will be stressful times when you can’t sing or dance. Perhaps you are at an interview and you noticed they don’t like you, perhaps you’re sitting for an exam and you are blank, perhaps your boyfriend or girlfriend suddenly breaks up with you. These can all be disturbing moments but they don’t have to be. The story that keeps popping in my mind when I think of this is the story of Jesus sleeping in the boat during a storm. His disciples were so stressed out and they feared they would die so they woke Jesus up like dude, we are dying here, don’t you even care? Jesus had hands down THE COOLEST REPLY EVER for the storm. I like the way the passion translation puts it: hush! calm down! (Mark 4:35-41) Haha, nobody, I repeat nobody does cool like Jesus and why this is such a big deal is that it’s not just words. These words carry authority. I’m glad to inform you that your words carry authority too. Jesus told in Matthew 18:18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”.

You might not be able to go to church, you might not be able to sing and dance, but guys we can always speak, even if it’s just to mumble words under our breath. We have authority, we can declear things and so shall it be. Lucky enough I have a testimonry to share corcerning this that happened today, how convenient.

In medical school, you rotate through different units to get a feel of every unit and see how medicine is practiced first hand. As fun as it sounds, it can also be a very stressful time and that stress can be multiplied by a thousand ounces if you have a nasty boss/head of unit (let’s put it like that). Today it was time to get redistributed again and I knew that with the position of my matric number it was likely that I would fall in the unit of one of the most difficult people. I did not want that. Although I didn’t want it, I was always open to the idea that all things will eventually work to favour me. I kept telling everyone that I won’t fall in that unit, I kept saying I didn’t want that place. I kept pray in my mind about it and speaking up about what I wanted. Behold when we were distributed, I feel into that dreaded place I didn’t want. I swallowed hard and hoped for the best. When our senior colleague came he said they needed someone extra in one of the other units, which also happened to be the unit I wanted all along and guess who everyone pointed to to move there? Yup, that right, me!

There you have it, the power of speaking. Don’t let the devil cripple your mouth, don’t let him call you things you’re not. Speak till your confidence is restored and you’re sure of what God can do and then watch it all happen. Our God is a miracle working God and the most amazing part of that is that we get to work with him in bringing miracles to reality. Agree with God, speak up!

John said in 1 John 4:17 that as He (God) is, so we are in this world. Jesus silenced the storm, you can too. You have authority. You are the constituted authority of your life, don’t let stress, or anything for that matter ride over you.

We rest physically

The bible says the Lord gives his beloved sleep (Psalm127:2). Physically rest is often overlooked at the expense of getting work done and working hard. It does not have to be so. Take a queue from our maker; after creating the whole world, he decidated a day to resting (Gen 2:2-3). Our God is not lazy is he? He doesn’t get tired, does he? Yet he rests, so how much more you? Rest is the attidude of God, and since we are imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1) we adopt it. Like Yorubas will say Ta lo fe fi jo.

I suppose the greatest test of our faith is how well we rest in times of troubles, in times when we are disturbed or overwhelmed. Often times, stress will not creep in if we are well rested in our bodies and feel strong enough to subdue whatever tasks come our way along the day. The bible says that Jesus looks for places to sit to preach to large crowds and places to let the people sit to feed them. Jesus was not an advocate for stressful living. Sometimes we want to prove that we are strong or we are really working hard by how must we can endure physical suffering. It doesn’t add anything to us, on the contrary it takes away.

Lets take a cue from Peter who was sentenced to death and yet was sleeping in the cell and that’s when his miracle espace happened (Acts 12:5-17). How many of us would be sleeping if we were to be in his shoes? Haha, pretty sure few of us. Rest comes from trust. Rest your body, trust God to renew your strength and give you wisdom to handle your daily challenges.

The mention of the word wisdom takes me to my next point but let’s stop here today. The third and final installment of this series will be published in a few days. Take your time to meditate and practice these things in your everyday life. God bless you.

Love & love—O