Junior doctor survival kit
Making the hospital work for you: surviving a ward on call
The third in a series of articles takes you through what to bring with you and how to hand over
- By: James Smith, Francesca Flohr, Anusha Edwards
Your first on call as a doctor is coming up, and thoughts are running through your head: “Am I ready?” “Do I know what I am doing?” and “Medical school hasn’t prepared me for this.”
As part of the series “Making the hospital work for you” the aim of this article is to reassure medical students and junior doctors that with basic preparation and simple techniques, an on call shift will fly by and hopefully be an enjoyable experience.
The thought of your first on call shift can be daunting. Try to relax the day before and avoid a late night. Being well rested and relaxed before your shift optimises rational thought and decision making.
It is important to know what team you are working in and who is in the team. This should include the person to call when senior assistance is required and how to contact him or