Junior doctor survival kit
Prioritising your jobs on call
How to decide what to do, and when
- By: Emma Grennell, Steven Alderson
Most medical students are familiar with the “day job” of being a junior doctor, which includes organising ward rounds, booking tests, and writing discharge summaries. However, fewer students are aware of the other side of the job and the realities of working on call. If you have followed the advice in the series so far, you should now be well prepared for your first on call, and know how to receive and give a good handover by highlighting sick patients, concerns from the previous shift, and outstanding jobs. Now it’s time to get to work.
In the daytime, you might be responsible for every medical patient on a ward; on call, you might be responsible for every medical patient in the hospital. One of the most important skills of being on call, then, is prioritising effectively. This article will help you to understand how to prioritise your on-call jobs.