An audible gasp—that’s how I would describe the reaction of a final year medical student who was faced with a real life on call scenario as part of some Student BMJ research I undertook last summer. Although opportunities for shadowing have improved in recent years there is an inevitable sense of dread when you are handed a bleep machine for the first time. What do you say to the nurse on the phone? What tests should you order? When should you call a senior doctor? The situation can seem overwhelming.
To help smooth this transition, I am delighted to launch a new series for Student BMJ in collaboration with Rakesh Patel and Andrew Clarke at the University of Leicester called “You’ve been bleeped.” The series aims to cover common on-call scenarios you will face as a foundation year doctor and provides you with a framework for how to respond to