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Code New: How to Survive Intern Year Happy

Posted 11/20/2008

Jennifer Kanapicki, MD, Chair, AAEM/RSA Communications Committee

After spending more than twenty years of your life in school, it has come to this; you are a doctor. Fourth year of medical school was probably one of the greatest academic years of your life with a mixture of fun, travel, celebration and apprehension. Graduation may have left you feeling like you have forgotten much of what you learned in medical school. So, you’re a doctor. Now what?

Reflecting on this past year, I remember the swirling mixture of emotions about beginning residency. I had been a student all of my life. The drastic change of entering “the real world” in foreign territory was unsettling. Leaving my safe, familiar environment and heading into the unknown with new people and an anticipated paycheck seemed surreal. Such high expectations as to “save lives” felt intimidating. However, apprehension and insecurity slowly evolved to experience and confidence. Intern year has proven to be empowering and one of the most amazing years of my life thus far. I have learned not to be afraid of my pager every time it goes off. I survived shifts in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) alone. I experienced new emotions, and I found the value of a true friend who would listen after an especially horrible day. The most important learning came with the discovery of how to be comfortable in my own skin in my new role as a physician. I learned that I could handle almost anything, even if it meant just asking for help.

I can assure you that you will survive intern year and just maybe have some fun in the process. I want to inspire hope. As others have done before you, you will succeed. Here are five tips to keep you happy along the way:

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BismiLLah…

Beberapa minggu lalu saya menerima ‘newsletter’ dari Medscape bertajuk “Burnout“. Berteka-teki tentang isinya, rupa-rupanya ‘burnout’ yang dialami oleh kebanyakan pelajar perubatan serta doktor pelatih (houseman). Dan serta-merta dalam fikiran saya: “Oh, bukan saya seorang yang berperasaan begini…” Namun, itu tidak seharusnya menjadi sebab untuk saya membiarkan diri terus berada dalam situasi tertekan. Solusi saya: Kembali pada-Nya.

burnout

Dan minggu lalu, teman saya yang berbangsa Cina bertanya; “Am I doing the right thing?
Teman yang lain pula berkata; “I think i have done the biggest mistake in my life!” Mujur juga dia menyambung kembali ayatnya, “But to quit medicine will be the second biggest mistake.

Dan hari ini, di dalam akhbar The Star dimuatkan berita tentang tekanan yang dihidapi oleh doktor akibat bebanan kerja. Lihat: At least 5 doctors to suffer from mental woes every month.

Saya tersenyum. Memang saya bukan sendirian. Tapi saya yakin, ini memang jalan saya. Walaupun pada awalnya saya pernah menyalahkan orang lain, akhirnya saya akur dengan taqdir Allah. Jalan ini yang telah Allah pilih untuk saya sebagai ladang da’wah – yang pastinya menuntut pengorbanan. Bukankah pengorbanan itu salah satu prinsip yang ditekankan oleh Syaikh As-Syahid Hassan al-Banna?

Indeed, with pain there is gain.”]arabic

Bak kata orang putih: NO PAIN, NO GAIN!

No turning back! (Saya masih ingat lafaz yang saya ucapkan ini kepada Mr. Ashani -pakar bedah Urologi- di dalam dewan bedah tempoh hari)

Ya Allah, ku bersyukur kerana Engkau telah memilih aku untuk berada pada jalan ini – agar aku lebih mengenali-MU!

Buat sahabat seperjuangan, moga kita mampu menghasilkan buah-buah yang lazat – untuk diri kita, keluarga dan masyarakat juga – demi Allah dan Islam. Ameen.

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Saya cemburu!

BismiLLah…

Semalam seorang kenalan saya – pelajar Al-Azhar, Mesir – menegur saya di YM. Beriya-iya bercerita tentang jama’ah haji yang baru tiba dari Malaysia. Sangka saya, dia telah tamat pengajian di Mesir, dan meneruskan pengajian di Makkah. Rupa-rupanya dia telah berada di Makkah sejak 3 bulan yang lalu. Pada awalnya, dia datang ke Makkah untuk menunaikan ‘umrah, dan katanya alang-alang sudah berada di sana, dan hanya 2 bulan sahaja lagi musim haji akan bermula, maka dia membuat keputusan untuk terus berada di sana sehingga selesai menunaikan haji.

Saya katakan padanya: SAYA CEMBURU.

Cemburu kerana saya masih belum berpeluang menjadi tetamu Allah di rumahNya – bayt al-‘ateeq – yang saya rindukan. Dan selain kenalan saya ini, ada beberapa teman saya yang lain juga sudah diberi izin-Nya untuk ke sana. Saya makin cemburu.

Tak mengapa. Buat kenalan dan teman-teman saya yang berpeluang menjejakkan kaki ke bumi haram, mudah-mudahan dikurniakan haji yang mabrur. Doakan agar kami ditentukan menjadi tetamu Allah juga suatu hari nanti.

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Lambaian Kaabah

Gema talbiah menghiasi gelap malam
Lambaian Kaabah menggamit rindu
Mewarnai tasik hati yang gersang

Sungguh! Pujian hanya untuk-Mu
Pemilik segala kekayaan
Raja segala raja
di langit dan di Bumi
Demi Tuhan, tiada sekutu bagi-Mu!

Teguh qiyam ku menghadap istana agung
Dalam lautan manusia menadah doa
Masihkah terbuka gerbang maghfirah
Sedang aku seorang ma’asi yang
terlalu dikit sujudnya?

Biarkan…
Biar basah bumi lahirnya anbiya’
dek hujan munajat
Kerna, tak tertanggung lagi beban noda
Walau tiada arifku
Bisakah luntur ia dari hati
Suci sejernih segaran zam-zam?

Sedar aku tiada layak menghuni al-Firdausi
Dalam kerendahan ku sembahkan ruku’
Lazim mendamba mercu kasih yang hakiki
Hingga keringat membawa pergi segala dosa

Allahumma…
Andai esok ditakdirkan bertemu-Mu di Mahsyar
Moga ‘Arafah menjadi saksi
Aku bukan lagi ghafilun.

Nour Elfaqiha
Dublin
04:40, 8 Zulqaedah 1426

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BismiLLah…

Hari ni dah masuk bulan Zulhijjah. Ada apa dengan Zulhijjah?

Mari baca:

Copied from: He is asking about the virtues of the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah

Are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah more special than other days? What are the righteous deeds that it is recommended to do a lot of during these ten days?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Among the great seasons of worship are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allaah has favoured over other days.

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2/457

It was also narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no deed that is better before Allaah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of al-Adha.” It was said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by al-Daarimi, 1/357; its isnaad is hasan as stated in al-Irwa’, 3/398.

These texts and others indicate that these ten days are better than all other days of the year, with no exception, even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better than the first ten nights of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because they include Laylat al-Qadr, which is better than a thousand months. See Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 5/412.

So the Muslim should start these days with sincere repentance to Allaah, then he should do a lot of righteous deeds in general, then he should pay attention to doing the following deeds:

1 – Fasting

It is Sunnah for the Muslim to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and fasting is one of the best of deeds, which Allaah has chosen for Himself as it says in the hadeeth qudsi:

“Allaah says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1805.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. It was narrated from Hunaydah ibn Khaalid from his wife, that one of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah and the day of ‘Ashoora’, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays. Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 4/205 and by Abu Dawood; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 2/462.

2 – Reciting tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer a great deal

It is Sunnah to recite takbeer (saying Allaahu akbar (Allaah is most great)), tahmeed (saying al-hamdu Lillah (praise be to Allaah)), tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (There is no god but Allaah)) and tasbeeh (saying Subhaan-Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)), during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, saying these words out loud in the mosques, homes, streets and every place in which it is permissible to remember Allaah, to perform this act of worship openly and proclaim the greatness of Allaah.

Men should recite out loud and women should recite quietly.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e. reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allaah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)” [al-Hajj 22:28]

The majority are of the view that the “appointed days” are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because it was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the appointed days are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days that are greater before Allaah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.” Narrated by Ahmad, 7/224; its isnaad was classed as saheeh by Ahmad Shaakir.

The takbeer is as follows:

Allaah akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise).

And there are other versions.

This takbeer has become a forsaken Sunnah nowadays, especially at the beginning of these ten days. You can hardly hear it except from a few. It should be recited out loud, so as to revive the Sunnah and remind the heedless. It was proven that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with them both) used to go out to the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting the takbeer our loud, and the people would recite takbeer when they heard them, i.e., the people would remember the talkbeer and each one would recite it by himself; it does not mean that they recited in unison – that is not prescribed in sharee’ah.

Reviving Sunnahs that have been forgotten brings a great deal of reward, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever revives one of my Sunnahs that has died out after I am gone, will have a reward like that of everyone who does it, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 7/443; this hadeeth is hasan because of corroborating reports.

3 – Doing Hajj and ‘Umrah

One of the greatest deeds that can be done during these ten days is Hajj to the sacred House of Allaah. Whoever Allaah helps to go on Hajj to His House and do the rituals in the required manner will – in sha Allaah – be included in the words of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”

4 – Udhiyah (sacrifice)

One of the righteous deeds that bring a person closer to Allaah in these ten days is to slaughter the sacrifice and to look for a good, fat animal and to spend money on it for the sake of Allaah.

Let us hasten to make the most of these great days, before the negligent regrets what he did, and before he asks to go back and receives no response.

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BismiLLah…

Interesting;

Obama Vows to Close Guantanamo

Barack Obama, the US president-elect, has promised to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, as human rights lawyers warn such a move would face a number of legal difficulties.

Obama told the CBS programme 60 Minutes on Sunday: “I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that.”

“I have said repeatedly that America doesn’t torture.”

“And I’m going to make sure that we don’t torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America’s moral stature in the world.” read more

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I know he might have his own agenda behind this decision. But, for me, this is something to ponder upon.
Menanti Obama versi Malaysia untuk memadam segala penindasan di Malaysia.
(huh?)

Lagi;

Israel Closes Gaza Crossings – are we waiting for Obama to act on this too?

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Relax.

BismiLLah…

Tiba-tiba lagu ni bermain-main di minda… (lalu masa pun berputar ke zaman kanak-kanakku~)

Tuhan bantulah kami
Anak-anak yang dha’if ini
Mengharapkan limpah kurniaMu
Allah Rabb-ul-‘izzati

Tuhan permudahkan hati kami
Memahami akan kehendakMu
Memahami ilmu-ilmuMu
Supaya terselamat kami

Tuhan terlalu payah perjalanan ini
Menuju cinta agungMu
Menempuh halangan syaitan
Menempuh halangan nafsu
Kerana itu bantulah kami

Tuhan bantulah kami
Untuk zikir mengingatiMu
Jangan engkau biarkan kami
Dengan kedegilan nafsu kami
Walaupun hanya sekadar sekerdipan mata
Tuhan bantulah kami
Menjadi anak yang sholeh

(dendangan kumpulan Shoutus-sofwa. Mereka dah besar panjang agaknya)

Oh, memori saya masih utuh! Tahniah!

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BismiLLah…

Human engineering is perfect. Except for one thing: the drainage system of the sinuses.

Semua terdiam. Termasuk kami pelajar Muslim di dalam  dewan kuliah yang bercampur-campur bangsa dan agama itu. Membisu seribu bahasa, kerana tiada hujah untuk diketengahkan bagi membantah ucapan Professor yang disegani itu. Minda ligat berfikir, mana mungkin kejadian manusia ini ada cacat celanya? Bukankah Allah telah mengangkat manusia ini sebagai sebaik-baik kejadian? [Rujuk surah At-Tin: 4]. (Kisah ini merupakan pengalaman sahabat saya di Dublin yang diceritakan semula semasa usrah tempoh hari.)

Sistem paranasal sinus di dalam tubuh manusia

Normal Sinus

Normal Sinus

Paranasal Sinus adalah rongga yang terletak di dalam tengkorak (skull) manusia. Terdapat 4 pasang paranasal sinus, yang semuanya mempunyai fungsi dan kedudukan yang berbeza. Secara umumnya, fungsi sinus adalah:

  1. Bertindak sebagai ‘air-conditioning’ kepada udara yang disedut masuk melalui hidung dengan cara melembapkan dan memanaskan (warming) udara tersebut.
  2. Resonans (menguatkan) suara
  3. Bertindak sebagai penebat kepada suhu tinggi dari luar yang boleh menyebabkan kerosakan kepada organ-organ di kepala.
  4. Mengurangkan berat kepala. (Cuba bayangkan jika kepala hanya terdiri daripada tulang semata-mata… Pasti kita jadi berat tulang! )

Terdapat cecair mukus yang dirembes keluar ke dalam rongga (sinus) ini. Mukus tersebut dikeluarkan daripada rongga oleh jejari-jejari (cilia) yang terdapat pada dinding rongga melalui bukaan (meatus) pada bahagian atas sinus. Mungkin inilah yang dimaksudkan oleh professor tersebut. Sinus hanya mempunyai satu bukaan, iaitu yang terletak di bahagian atas sinus. Jadi pengaliran mukus keluar dari sinus adalah melawan tarikan graviti. Oleh yang demikian, sebarang masalah kepada jejari (cilia) atau jika cecair mukus dirembes secara berlebihan, cecair mukus itu akan bertakung di dalam sinus kerana tiada bukaan yang terletak di sebelah bawah sinus untuk mengalirkannya keluar.

Kata kawan saya, solusinya adalah sujud! Apabila kita bersujud, kedudukan bukaan (meatus) yang telah berada sama aras atau ke bawah sedikit daripada sinus membantu mengalirkan mukus keluar daripada rongga sinus tersebut. (Mungkin perlu sedikit imaginasi untuk membayangkannya). SubhanaLLah! Tidaklah Allah menciptakan sesuatu dengan sia-sia!

Walau bagaimanapun, untuk diterima sebagai fakta yang sahih, perkara ini perlulah disokong oleh kajian. (Mungkin sudah dikaji, mungkin juga belum. Mungkin boleh sama-sama cari atau sama-sama mengkaji).

Maha suci Allah daripada segala kekurangan

Allah telah berfirman di dalam al-Quran:

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QS 63:3

He created seven universes in layers. You do not see any imperfection in the creation by the Most Gracious. Keep looking; do you see any flaw? [Al-Mulk: 3]

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QS 63:4

Look again and again; your eyes will come back stumped and conquered [Al-Mulk: 4]

Allah menyuruh kita melihat pada ciptaanNya (langit) berkali-kali, adakah kita mendapati sebarang lompong-lompong atau kekurangan pada ciptaanNya itu, sedangkan awal-awal lagi Allah sudah mengatakan bahawa kita tidak akan menemuinya. Sebuah retorik. Allah bertanya, tetapi sebenarnya Dia tidak berhajatkan jawapan kita! Tujuannya tidak lain dan tidak bukan, supaya kita menggunakan akal dan pancaindera yang telah Allah kurniakan bagi ‘melihat’ kekuasaanNya dan seterusnya mengukuhkan keimanan kita (orang-orang yang beriman) kepadaNya.

Atau boleh jadi ia merupakan satu penghinaan bagi manusia yang enggan mengimani kekuasaan Allah. Jika ditafsirkan ayat ke 4 dalam bahasa mudahnya (lay-man term): “Sia-sia dan buat penat saja mencari-cari kekurangan dan kepincangan pada ciptaan Allah. Lihatlah sebanyak mana pun, kamu takkan menemuinya!”

Sesungguhnya, ini hanyalah sebahagian daripada ayat-ayat yang membuktikan kekuasaan dan kesempurnaan ciptaan-Nya. Namun, jika kita hanya membaca atau menghafaz ayat-ayat Allah secara membuta tuli (i.e. tanpa memahami isi kandungannya), maka tentunya kita termasuk dalam kalangan hamba-hambaNya yang rugi. Wa liya na’uzubillah. Semoga kita dijauhkan daripada golongan sebegini.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za_sc64VUBk]
(Sila baca:
Legal case against God dismissed)terima kasih kepada Sarah atas link ni 🙂

Dan semoga segala ilmu sains yang kita pelajari tidak menambahkan kekufuran, sebaliknya meneguhkan keimanan dan kecintaan kita kepada Allah s.w.t. Ameen.

WaLLahu A’lam.

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