A Day In The Life Of...A Junior Doctor (F2)

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In December 2015 i-studentglobal spoke to a number of healthcare professionals to find out a bit more about their daily working lives. We chatted with Dr Davey Thaxter, a Foundation Year 2 Doctor (F2) working at Epsom & St Helier University Hospital. Davey studied Medicine at King's College London (KCL) with an intercalated BSc at University College London (UCL).

How long have you been working in your current role?

 I've been working as Junior Doctor since graduating in 2014, progressing from an F1 to an F2 in July 2015.

Is there such a thing as a typical working pattern? How many shifts do you usually work over a 4-week period?

Rotas vary depending on which specialty your placement is in, but my current job in Paediatrics operates on an eight week rolling rota. This includes working on an in-patient ward, the special care baby unit, A&E, delivery suite, day assessment and night shifts. My longest set of consecutive days is 12 in a row, and I work 7 long days and 7 nights during that period.

What are your day to day duties?

As a foundation year doctor, I am the most junior member of the medical team. The standard day involves a morning handover from the night team, a consultant-led ward round in which I collect & write in the patient notes, look up blood results & imaging and keep the job list up-to-date. In the afternoon I work through the jobs, including procedures such a blood-taking/cannulae & lumbar punctures, ordering scans and making referrals to other teams e.g. orthopaedics and surgery. On specific weeks I would be the doctor responsible for attending deliveries for high risk babies or for clerking in new patients.

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