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I want to be a doctor

Is becoming a doctor a good employment choice in Nigeria? Find out now.

Nowadays profession of doctor is one of the most popular occupations in the world. Those who have decided to get a job of doctor, interested in the question: how much money do they earn? What it is necessary to do to become a doctor? What position is held by doctors of Nigeria? We have tried to find answers to these questions.

I want to be a doctor

Why do I want to be a doctor?

The profession of the doctor is a great altruism. People who wish to help others want to get this job. Usually own business or a position of chief physician becomes a career limit.

Why do I want to be a doctor?

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What to do if I want to become a doctor?

First of all the doctor is clever person with good memory. He always strives for perfection and gains new knowledge. The medicine doesn't stand still. It is important for doctor to possess high resistance to stress, especially, if he has chosen surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics or psychiatry. The doctor has to be honest and be able to make quickly decisions in critical situations. Delay can cost life to the patient. The physician has to be able to explain a problem essence to the patient, to calm and interpret importance of treatment.

What to do if I want to become a doctor?

Doctor jobs in Nigeria

Profession of doctor is one of the noblest professions in Nigeria. The cleverest students dream to become a doctor. It is rather difficult to enter this specialty. Training should be on top-level. All students have to be ready to cope with any difficult task.

Doctor jobs in Nigeria

Of course, the question interests all: how much money the doctor earns?

Unfortunately, in Nigeria experts not always receive big salary. The mass strikes, which were caused by a low wage, took place in this country. Doctors consider that they do much more, than get paid. Their salary depends on influence of the government.

Doctor in Nigeria

Of course, doctors earn other amounts in private hospitals. Their salary makes about N80k. It can vary depending on experience of doctors and location of hospital. Also doctors try to work in several hospitals at once to earn more.

To increase a salary of doctors, the government made a uniform scale of a salary. However, it hasn't settled all problems yet. The average salary of the state doctor makes N195k – N220k. The chief physician can earn about N800k. Such rather low wages lead to the fact that other countries entice doctors for work. For this reason the best of them go abroad to get a job. Therefore, it is no wonder that wealthy citizens at any urgent medical case fly to other country.

Doctor jobs

Richest doctor in Nigeria

Benedict O. Okwara is the richest doctor in Nigeria, but now he lives in USA. It is one of those examples when good doctor is called to work abroad. He is an owner of clinic. Unfortunately, recently he was caught on fraud. Now he has to pay a penalty of 1.7 million dollars to the state.

Richest doctor in Nigeria

First female doctor in Nigeria

Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi was born in 1910. She was the first female doctor in Nigeria. The woman lived in Lagos and studied at Catholic school. Later she has entered to royal college.

The girl worked as younger health worker. Then she studied at university of Dublin. She has received medical degree there. It has provided her increase on career ladder. The woman has received a position of the chief consultant and director in the same hospital. She worked there till 1969. In 1962, the Ministry of Health appointed her the chief obstetrician.

Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi

Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi has a lot of awards. Among them are: MBE, Iya Abiye of Lagos, Iyalaje of Oyo Empire, and Nigerian National Honor.

Her daughter has written the novel about her. Also she is mentioned in the book under the name Chapter Six: Nigerian Heroines of the 20th Century.

In honor of the female doctor, the clinic in Lagos was open.

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The medical profession has always valued people. Especially in ancient times. Nowadays, this type of employment is also popular, but training takes a lot of time, and the high cost. Not everyone can afford it. Unfortunately, it happens that people who can pay for training on this specialty is not always want to gain knowledge and good grades for pay money. Well, that's what the doctor get from such a student? How could he have surgery? But people who can not afford lessons, sincerely wants to become a doctor, but is unable to. Where is the justice ?!

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Newbie
Answered 8 months ago.

To be a doctor is necessary in the first place to have the gift to treat people, and to consider not how much money you earn and how much you save people. I never understood doctors' assessment of students who buy and so on learning because your conscience is ludey health of many countries may be obraschatsya to you and the children, and its not literate and can destroy a lot of experienced people. And such irresponsible doctors held not long, if there is a lot of complaints from patients, and such a doctor is not necessary. And if you want to really help people, then you certainly will succeed with this profession.

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Student
Answered 9 months ago.

Many future students to the question "Why do you want to be a doctor?" the answer is that this profession attracts them the opportunity to help other people. For them it is important that knowledge and skills could ease someone's suffering. Relieved relatives, walking on the mend patient, the diagnosis, the banal "thank you, doctor" – to describe the feelings arising in this case is quite difficult. It's joy mixed with relief and comfort, and pride for the work done. Indeed, for some people this is enough to justify their choice.

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Student
Answered 9 months ago.

To get the profession of a doctor costs much in my country because educational field is corrupt. When a medical man works in a state hospital, he doesn`t earn big money officially but there exists a lot of so called charitable fundations under medical establishments which demand money for their service. I had a surgical procedure which oficially costed me 40 percent of the real sume I had to paid for it. In private clinics doctors have good salary and satisfactory working conditions but their service also are not for pure people.

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Newbie
Answered 9 months ago.
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