My internship in Iraq
An account of the first few months of a junior doctor working in Iraq
Being an intern in Iraq is hard, even if you are working in Al Madina Hospital, which for decades has been considered the best hospital in Iraq. The work changed the way I look at things and made me reconsider every detail of my life. It is not about logic or morals, but how you relate to the world around you. I learnt a great deal but not all of it was good. Although this article may read like a catalogue of ills, keep reading as there is a bright side.
On my first day at the hospital a senior colleague told me, “The patient is your first enemy.” I was shocked to hear this in a job that is supposed to be centred on helping patients. But I came to discover that it was at least partially true. Some Iraqi patients have “extraordinary talents” that I might be unable