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80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ChizzyBuna(m): 9:58am On Mar 09
Gone are those days when people who study medicine, study it because of passion and knowledge.

These young doctors were either forced by their parents to study medicine or they study medicine to earn big money.
Not because of the knowledge.

These young doctors in Nigeria are the worst set of doctors I've ever seen
Very clueless, always doing guess work with people's life.
Doing misdiagnosis and prescribing wrong drugs
80% of them study medicine because their parents force them so they can booast that my son/daughter is a doctor.

Anytime you enter a hospital and the doctor is a young guy or girl
PLEASE RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
They make a lot of mistakes and are inexperienced.
Only go for the senior doctors or elderly doctors. Those ones have years upon years of experience.
These young doctors are very clueless
THEY ARE USING PEOPLE TO LEARN WORK.
Avoid them or ask for a senior doctor

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Kriss216: 9:59am On Mar 09
*Dr Funmisticqueen left the group*

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ChizzyBuna(m): 10:03am On Mar 09
Kriss216:
*Dr Funmisticqueen left the group*
Let her come and defend her colleagues that use people's life to learn work.
Awon fashionista doctors lipsrsealed lipsrsealed

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Xenry: 10:04am On Mar 09
Do you know what it takes to become a medical doctor, or even to raise one? Though this country isn't developed, but those guys certainly ain't useless. sad Unless for some of them who may be forced by their parents to study the course, or for those who cheated along the way.
Op, stop misusing the word USELESS. Check your dictionary for better words.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Nobody: 10:20am On Mar 09
ChizzyBuna:
Gone are those days when people who study medicine, study it because of passion and knowledge.

These young doctors were either forced by their parents to study medicine or they study medicine to earn big money.
Not because of the knowledge.

These young doctors in Nigeria are the worst set of doctors I've ever seen
Very clueless, always doing guess work with people's life.
Doing misdiagnosis and prescribing wrong drugs
80% of them study medicine because their parents force them so they can booast that my son/daughter is a doctor.

Anytime you enter a hospital and the doctor is a young guy or girl
PLEASE RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
They make a lot of mistakes and are inexperienced.
Only go for the senior doctors or elderly doctors. Those ones have years upon years of experience.
These young doctors are very clueless
THEY ARE USING PEOPLE TO LEARN WORK.
Avoid them or ask for a senior doctor


Medical work is guesswork all over the world. It's just that in advanced countries, they have access to a whole battery of tests that they can do to minimize misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, though available in many high class centres and teaching hospitals, these tests are very expensive. If you want more accurate diagnosis, go to hospitals where you can run millions of Naira worth of all kinds of tests. Then the young doctor will run the results through his system and he will probably be right in that case. But if you don't want to spend that kind of money, you have to take what you get.

So next time you have a headache, if you are not satisfied with the young doctor running a N50 malaria test and putting you on Amodiaquine, tell him/her to prescribe for you an MRI, CAT scan and other tests for brain tumours. Just make sure you take at least a million Naira; or two; for the tests alone, and another one or twoillion for follow up tests. But don't come running back to NL to complain about the cost of medical treatment. In the US for example, an emergency room visit for the common flu could easily run into the thousands of dollars. If you want similar treatment, prepare to pay similar fees.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ChizzyBuna(m): 10:38am On Mar 09
RisenPhoenix1:


Medical work is guesswork all over the world. It's just that in advanced countries, they have access to a whole battery of tests that they can do to minimize misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, though available in many high class centres and teaching hospitals, these tests are very expensive. If you want more accurate diagnosis, go to hospitals where you can run millions of Naira worth of all kinds of tests. Then the young doctor will run the results through his system and he will probably be right in that case. But if you don't want to spend that kind of money, you have to take what you get.

So next time you have a headache, if you are not satisfied with the young doctor running a N50 malaria test and putting you on Amodiaquine, tell him/her to prescribe for you an MRI, CAT scan and other tests for brain tumours. Just make sure you take at least a million Naira; or two; for the tests alone, and another one or twoillion for follow up tests. But don't come running back to NL to complain about the cost of medical treatment. In the US for example, an emergency room visit for the common flu could easily run into the thousands of dollars. If you want similar treatment, prepare to pay similar fees.
I'm not talking about tests
With my experience in hospitals, it's the Senior or older doctors that get things right 90% of the time.
The guess work of a senior doctor is 10 times better than the guess work of young doctors.
Older doctors have more experience
The senior doctors in Nigeria are far more better. They have more experience in signs and symptoms than the new young doctors.

Here is My experience

A child of 4 years was given antibiotics at home for flu and the parents noticed he had severe side effects from the antibiotics.
They took the child to hospital and complain to the doctor that the 4 yrs old has bad reaction to antibiotics
Guess what??
The young doctor even after the complian still gave the 4 yr old Rocephin which is a stronger antibiotics.
Now the 4 year old has severe joint pain,swollen face and red patches all over his body. Can't walk and is in serious pain

Only for the senior doctor to call and apologize this morning for the mistake of the young doctor.
I don't know how these young doctors graduate from med school.
Who knows how many lives those young doctors have wasted with their quackery

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by harmargedon: 11:24am On Mar 09
even the old ones are worse. They don't make research, they don't improve, they just give malaria medicine and check you body temperature.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ogashman(m): 11:24am On Mar 09
very true

during my school days.....a friend was down and was rushed to the clinic which has this young doctor.


when we got there, he asked what the problem was..


we explained the symptoms my friend having.

could u imagine that as we were still talking he was busy typing away the in his android tablet...asking Google for the drugs for such ailment with such symptoms.


since then I never set my feet at that place again

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by GeneralPula: 11:31am On Mar 09
You may not be far from the truth..

They attend extra rudely to poor people..

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Nobody: 11:34am On Mar 09
Can someone define the term **useless**

Most grossly abused word on nairaland.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by FalseProphet1(m): 11:37am On Mar 09
This is why prophets like myself are constantly cashing out. When doctors fails, the dark forces will submit to us. Know this and peace will forever be yours.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Mide3367: 11:39am On Mar 09
Hmm
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Nobody: 12:04pm On Mar 09
ChizzyBuna:

I'm not talking about tests
With my experience in hospitals, it's the Senior or older doctors that get things right 90% of the time.
The guess work of a senior doctor is 10 times better than the guess work of young doctors.
Older doctors have more experience
The senior doctors in Nigeria are far more better. They have more experience in signs and symptoms than the new young doctors.

Here is My experience

A child of 4 years was given antibiotics at home for flu and the parents noticed he had severe side effects from the antibiotics.
They took the child to hospital and complain to the doctor that the 4 yrs old has bad reaction to antibiotics
Guess what??
The young doctor even after the complian still gave the 4 yr old Rocephin which is a stronger antibiotics.
Now the 4 year old has severe joint pain,swollen face and red patches all over his body. Can't walk and is in serious pain

Only for the senior doctor to call and apologize this morning for the mistake of the young doctor.
I don't know how these young doctors graduate from med school.
Who knows how many lives those young doctors have wasted with their quackery

That older doctors have more experience should be obvious, but that doesn't mean that young doctors have no experience at all. Their schedule is gruelling, just recently there was an article on NL about a doctor who died after a 72 hour shift. In your case, the young doctor would not have known what antibiotics the child was allergic to; probably thought it's unlikely to be allergic to all of them at the same time. It's not the strength of the antibiotic that matters, but the class that the child is allergic to.

Or this young doctor might be incompetent, but it's not a reflection of all young doctors. Also, older doctors sometimes fail to upgrade their knowledge and persist in rigid treatment learnt in the distant past, so you can't categorize all doctors as good or bad by age

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by theTranslator: 12:42pm On Mar 09
ChizzyBuna:
Gone are those days when people who study medicine, study it because of passion and knowledge.

These young doctors were either forced by their parents to study medicine or they study medicine to earn big money.
Not because of the knowledge.

These young doctors in Nigeria are the worst set of doctors I've ever seen
Very clueless, always doing guess work with people's life.
Doing misdiagnosis and prescribing wrong drugs
80% of them study medicine because their parents force them so they can booast that my son/daughter is a doctor.

Anytime you enter a hospital and the doctor is a young guy or girl
PLEASE RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
They make a lot of mistakes and are inexperienced.
Only go for the senior doctors or elderly doctors. Those ones have years upon years of experience.
These young doctors are very clueless
THEY ARE USING PEOPLE TO LEARN WORK.
Avoid them or ask for a senior doctor

What's with you and self hate? undecided
If you don't like being African
Kill yourself tongue
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by olufadeke86267: 12:58pm On Mar 09
:*Dr Funmisticqueen left the group*Let her come and defend her colleagues that use people's life to learn work.Awon fashionista doctors
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by SeniorGee(m): 1:11pm On Mar 09
Lol... Modern day doctors.
My brother went to hospital, the doctor guy was looking downwards throughout, only for my brother to peep and see doc seriously on Google checking out the answers! My bro just stand up dey come house. A very reputable hospital in Ph for that matter!

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by 2cul2care: 1:21pm On Mar 09
It's very rampant with younger doctors, I've experienced it myself, mine the doctor was checking his textbook right in front of me, for the symptoms I described to him and the prescription for it

But is wrong to categorize all young doctors as being useless.

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Keshinr0: 1:21pm On Mar 09
Those useless doctors dey pass plab and uslme
They are being celebrated in other countries.
What you don't know is that, the problem is not this young doctors, its the system

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Keshinr0: 1:28pm On Mar 09
2cul2care:
It's very rampant with younger doctors, I've experienced it myself, mine the doctor was checking his textbook right in front of me, for the symptoms I described to him and the prescription for it

But is wrong to categorize all young doctors as being useless.

The system is so bad brother.
In UK, there is something called foundation year 1 and 2, where you work under a registra, he directs and guide you.
cases beyond you are referred to senior colleagues
But here in this country, most times senior colleagues ain't available, either they are in there private practices, when they should be at work (govt work) or busy doing professional politics.
When an emergency occur, who would the patients meet, it's that unguided junior doctors
Junior doctors in Nigeria learn from their mistakes, hence they ain't useless.
And you can't learn everything in medical school, we have specialties and sub-specialties, naija just jam everything together.
The useless ones are the seniors that abandoned their work.
Thumbs up to every junior doctor out there

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Keshinr0: 1:53pm On Mar 09
RisenPhoenix1:


Medical work is guesswork all over the world. It's just that in advanced countries, they have access to a whole battery of tests that they can do to minimize misdiagnosis. Unfortunately, in Nigeria, though available in many high class centres and teaching hospitals, these tests are very expensive. If you want more accurate diagnosis, go to hospitals where you can run millions of Naira worth of all kinds of tests. Then the young doctor will run the results through his system and he will probably be right in that case. But if you don't want to spend that kind of money, you have to take what you get.

So next time you have a headache, if you are not satisfied with the young doctor running a N50 malaria test and putting you on Amodiaquine, tell him/her to prescribe for you an MRI, CAT scan and other tests for brain tumours. Just make sure you take at least a million Naira; or two; for the tests alone, and another one or twoillion for follow up tests. But don't come running back to NL to complain about the cost of medical treatment. In the US for example, an emergency room visit for the common flu could easily run into the thousands of dollars. If you want similar treatment, prepare to pay similar fees.

Medical work ought not to be a guess work, if you have the right people to guide you.
Let me share a scenario
I treated a malaria about 3weeks ago. I went to a community heallth hospital. There was no doctor on sight, only 3 professional nurses and about 5 students nurses.
Could you believed the matron asked the students nurses to attend to me, without guidance.
Truly she(student nurse) did well until when she injected me. As a med student myself, I noticed she injected me in a position a nerve was located (sciatic). I told her, you could have damage my sciatic nerve, she was surprised, apologize, asked personal questions, Only for her to tell me I was the first person she injected. No guidance for her, seniors who ought to put her through were gossiping

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ukaface(f): 2:14pm On Mar 09
But the young doctors were taught or rather passed through the older doctors. So who has the blame?

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by RoyalUc(m): 2:44pm On Mar 09
I wish I could share an experience here.

This matter is becoming terrible!

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ChizzyBuna(m): 2:58pm On Mar 09
2cul2care:
It's very rampant with younger doctors, I've experienced it myself, mine the doctor was checking his textbook right in front of me, for the symptoms I described to him and the prescription for it

But is wrong to categorize all young doctors as being useless.
I said 80%
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by descarado: 3:03pm On Mar 09
Hmmm
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Nobody: 3:10pm On Mar 09
Keshinr0:


Medical work ought not to be a guess work, if you have the right people to guide you.
Let me share a scenario
I treated a malaria about 3weeks ago. I went to a community heallth hospital. There was no doctor on sight, only 3 professional nurses and about 5 students nurses.
Could you believed the matron asked the students nurses to attend to me, without guidance.
Truly she(student nurse) did well until when she injected me. As a med student myself, I noticed she injected me in a position a nerve was located (sciatic). I told her, you could have damage my sciatic nerve, she was surprised, apologize, asked personal questions, Only for her to tell me I was the first person she injected. No guidance for her, seniors who ought to put her through were gossiping

That is a common misconception. I don't know how far along you've gone in medical school, but as a medically trained person you will soon realise that medical diagnosis is mostly educated guesswork and statistical inference based on the symptoms and history. To get a 100% certain diagnosis requires a lot of tests and time. That is why most clinics will first of all test you for malaria or typhoid if you present with fever. This is because the tests are cheap and statistically speaking, most fevers in this part of the world are likely to be either malaria or typhoid. But however you put it, these are still educated guesses. It is only when you don't respond to treatment for malaria and/or typhoid that the doctors will be likely to probe your fever further. Chances are, the anti malarials will clear up any malaria parasites and the heavy antibiotics used for 'typhoid' treatment will clear up any infection; even if it is not actually typhoid. So you'll go home thinking that the doctor actually knew what was wrong with you, when he really had no idea.

Your experience with the nurse was unfortunate, but it does not represent what goes on in all medical training facilities. Most nurses are extremely well trained, and you obviously can't expect the seniors to handle every little task personally; though in this case, she should have trained the student a bit more before letting her go solo.

Doctors are not gods. They don't cure and they often don't know what's wrong with their patient. They just point in the general direction of what they think it is and blast away; giving your immune system a better shot at healing itself.
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by ChizzyBuna(m): 3:14pm On Mar 09
Keshinr0:
Those useless doctors dey pass plab and uslme
They are being celebrated in other countries.
What you don't know is that, the problem is not this young doctors, its the system
A good crammer can cram a whole textbook to pass uslme exams.
That doesn't mean they have the knowledge. They are just good at cramming
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Keshinr0: 3:34pm On Mar 09
RisenPhoenix1:


That is a common misconception. I don't know how far along you've gone in medical school, but as a medically trained person you will soon realise that medical diagnosis is mostly educated guesswork and statistical inference based on the symptoms and history. To get a 100% certain diagnosis requires a lot of tests and time. That is why most clinics will first of all test you for malaria or typhoid if you present with fever. This is because the tests are cheap and statistically speaking, most fevers in this part of the world are likely to be either malaria or typhoid. But however you put it, these are still educated guesses. It is only when you don't respond to treatment for malaria and/or typhoid that the doctors will be likely to probe your fever further. Chances are, the anti malarials will clear up any malaria parasites and the heavy antibiotics used for 'typhoid' treatment will clear up any infection; even if it is not actually typhoid. So you'll go home thinking that the doctor actually knew what was wrong with you, when he really had no idea.

Your experience with the nurse was unfortunate, but it does not represent what goes on in all medical training facilities. Most nurses are extremely well trained, and you obviously can't expect the seniors to handle every little task personally; though in this case, she should have trained the student a bit more before letting her go solo.

Doctors are not gods. They don't cure and they often don't know what's wrong with their patient. They just point in the general direction of what they think it is and blast away; giving your immune system a better shot at healing itself.

Not quite far, still in preclinicals
About the nurse, I didn't blame her. I blamed the seniors, most medical professionals in nigeria have nonchalant attitudes.
Some seniors are not even approachable, how will the juniors learn

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Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by heniford2: 3:34pm On Mar 09
everything in Nigeria is fake starting from A to Z
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Keshinr0: 3:37pm On Mar 09
ChizzyBuna:

A good crammer can cram a whole textbook to pass uslme exams.
That doesn't mean they have the knowledge. They are just good at cramming

You can call them crammers, no doubt some are.
But the bad way you portrayed junior doctors.
If they are that bad, you think UK, Canada, AUS will want more of them
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Randy100: 3:43pm On Mar 09
Thread for roasting of medical doctors. As much as I would not love to defend doctors, but, I believe the problem is within the Nigerian system. In a saner country, the medical history of each person is known, that once you enter the person details you will see all that he is allergic to. Doctors are human beings so they can't be perfect.
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by Lordsagna: 5:02pm On Mar 09
omo.. I can't wait to get into med school oo... engineering don tire me.... can't wait to leave GEG for anatomy...oluwa I dey look your face oo.
Re: 80% Of Young Doctors In Nigeria Are Very Useless by 1Sharon(f): 5:05pm On Mar 09
Do you know how long someone will last in med school if they're forced into it, without knowledge? Stop

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