You will survive
Tips for students and junior doctors
- By: Roger K A Allen, Gayathri Rabindra, Robin Som, Yee Teoh, Susan Kersley, Tiago Villanueva, Maryam Ahmed, Farhat Mirza, Sam Thenabadu
The BMJ’s social networking site, doc2doc, has just published an e-book that resulted from an online discussion on how to survive as a junior doctor. Here is a selection of tips. Download the whole e-book for free at at http://doc2doc.bmj.com.
Remember the mnemonics BODEX and SOAP. BODEX stands for bloods, obs, drugs chart, electrocardiography, and x rays or imaging. This provides you with a good safety net for ward rounds.
When writing in the notes, remember SOAP. S stands for subjective. How is the patient feeling? Retake any relevant parts of the history—for example, does he or she have chest pain? O stands for objective. How does the patient look? Write down the observations and your examination findings. A stands for assessment—your impression of what’s going on—for example, “pulmonary oedema improving, no new issues.” Lastly, document your plan.
Will Buxton, F1, Sussex
Yee Teoh, F1, Kent
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