Dr. Zahraa Akbar, currently pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Kuwait is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and also holds a Masters Degree in Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception from the University of Dundee.
In this article, she gives us a glimpse into what everyday life as a medic is for her. From a typical morning waking up at 6 am, to hospital rounds and on- calls, to leisure, volunteering and how she unwinds at the end of each day.
Being a doctor provides endless opportunities to help others regardless of age and circumstances. I do not come from a family of doctors. My father is a manager and my mother is an Art teacher. However, I knew that medicine was the career for me. I cannot imagine a more rewarding and satisfying profession.
Throughout medical school, I was keen on furthering my passion through a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and my decision was finally solidified after my fourth-year clinical rotation when I performed my first delivery and assisted in the OT. I knew I had found my place and specialism.
I cannot imagine a more rewarding and satisfying profession
So what is it like working as a doctor?
I am currently working at the Maternity Hospital, Obstetrics and Gynecology department in Kuwait. Generally, I get up early around 6:00 am. I do not like to have my breakfast until 9 am, but coffee is essential. I have to be at the hospital by 7:15 am, attending the Morning Meeting where on-call cases are presented. Following that, I perform my patients’ round, examine them and plan the next step of care and treatment.
My usual working day depends on the hospital unit schedule and my unit schedule is:
- Sunday: Outpatient clinic that starts at 8:30 am
- Monday: Ground round starts at 8:30 am
- Tuesday: Operation Theatre starts at 7:30 am
- Wednesday: Outpatient clinic starts at 8:30 am
- Thursday: Labor day starts 7:30 am
My working day ends at 2 pm depending on the schedule. I come back home, have lunch with my family and relax for an hour. I then work on my research or read recent studies related to my career. Basically, I love to keep myself busy. After that, I have my dinner and relax, which usually involves chatting with my sisters and doing my skin care regimen. I love looking after myself. I go to bed around 10:00- 11:00 pm with my laptop, normally watching a program or TV series to relax and switch off and this is where my day ends.
Being a doctor provides endless opportunities to help others regardless of age and circumstances.
Additionally, there are on-call shifts I attend every fifth day. On-call shifts are divided into two; day shift from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and then from 4:00 am to 7:00 am and the night shift starts from 7:00 pm to 4:00 am. We are obliged to take an alternating shift. On-calls trained me to work for long hours without taking breaks.
I love looking after myself…
Outside the hospital, I enjoy traveling to different countries and exploring other cultures as well as getting involved in volunteering my skills to help others.
My most recent venture was with a Heartsaver campaign here in Kuwait where a few of my colleagues and I trained 2,000 people on how to perform CPR. I love the beach life, it’s relaxing. I also love to socialize with friends, go shopping and decorate my room (which by the way, I always receive compliments for).
I greatly enjoy my role as a medical doctor.
Dr. Akbar, currently pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, and also holds a Masters degree in Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception from the University of Dundee.