Becoming a Doctor by Hloni Bookholane
Being a junior doctor in South Africa is an incredible privilege, it really is. We get to play a part in saving and enhancing lives, and often we get to welcome new life into the world… However, medicine is also mentally and emotionally taxing. being involved in unsuccessful resuscitations, certifying deaths, seeing multiple patients’ clinical condition deteriorate and breaking the bad news of terminal cancer to a patient – I have done all of the above, sometimes on the same day.
Join Hloni Bookholane on his journey of becoming a doctor: from student to intern at the world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town to the best school of public health in the world across the Atlantic, and back home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are highs and lows – learnings and unlearnings – about the personal versus political as he discovers how governmental policy, socioeconomics and more influence diseases and medicine.