What you should know before starting the foundation programme
Junior doctors share their advice on how to make the most of the foundation programme
- By: Thomas Cassidy
Before you start at your new hospital, become familiar with your hospital trust’s guidelines—for example, managing clinical emergencies, warfarin doses, and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis. This will make on-calls and life on the wards much less daunting. It will also save you time when it is 2 am and a patient’s potassium is high. You do not need to memorise pages and pages of guidelines, but it is important to know where to look.
As a foundation year 1 doctor (F1), your team are keeping a close eye on you to make sure you make safe decisions. You will be well supported. The step up from being an F1 doctor to F2, however, should not be underestimated. Suddenly you are a senior house officer and you have more independence and responsibility. Do not be too hard on yourself if you find aspects of this challenging, especially early on. It is a