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When I was a medical student, I remember a junior doctor telling me that he often made spot diagnoses of people in the street. He just couldn't switch off from doctor mode.
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I told them I wanted to work for brilliant, inspiring consultants. The job looked great – a high pass rate in the college membership exam, excellent teaching, and the medical rotation covered a wide range of specialties.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
I blamed it all on the dress.
I have had an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology for many years, so subsequently in my foundation year two I spent a week slaving over ‘white space’ questions and applied for specialty training. I approached the interviews enthusiastically, armed with presentations, prizes and a scattering of courses.
Tags: junior doctors, job interviews
People die. Sorry to start with the end, but the first time a patient died, I was devastated, and you need to know that it’s alright to feel like that, but that it’s also part of working in a hospital.
Tags: junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
‘Do you know if it’s banded?’ I asked my colleague, who had finally managed to secure that elusive registrar post. She was leaving in a few weeks and I was going to miss her. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘I don’t.’
Tags: junior contract, junior doctors
The extent of the experience and knowledge gained by our trainees is becoming obvious. That's because they're all leaving, taking it with them. A whole new batch will be pushed into the frontline to join the trench warfare that emergency medicine has become.
Tags: junior doctors, changeover, emergency medicine
It’s five to eight, and freedom is in sight. Gritty eyes and crumpled hair. Two more patients to discuss and I am out of here.
I’m not sure why I notice the girl at first. She’s pale and sits uncomfortably slumped on the shoulder of a teenage boy. He looks frightened, burdened with this adult role.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training, medical diagnosis
I had never seen an operation before. A third-year medical student, new to the wards, new to real patients. And now the surgical registrar had said we should come and watch him work. I was, of course, terrified.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, medical education and training
'Take your time, there's no hurry.' I had been pestering to do my first cataract, and now the opportunity had arrived, I felt that anyone chosen at random from the streets of Manchester would have been able to do it better.
‘I don’t care about your pension,’ says my friend. She is self-employed and running her own small business. She takes something like minimum wage while paying her employees a decent salary. Her private pension pot has already taken a whack. Why should she care about mine?
Tags: pensions, junior doctors
I remember my first weeks of seven night shifts in a row. The first one or two nights were the hardest. My body was out of rhythm and lacking sleep, having spent the day tossing and turning with sleep eluding me.
Tags: junior doctors, hours of work
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