House jobs: separating the facts from the fiction
Alan Woodall gives some sensible advice on how to choose your house jobs
Firstly, let's get one thing clear. I am no expert when it comes to house jobs. I've only just graduated myself, and start my first post in August. So how on earth can what I have to write be of any use to you? Well, while I don't have the on the job knowledge yet, what I do have to share is the personal experience of choosing preregistration house officer (PRHO) jobs and succumbing, to a lesser or greater extent, to the myth mongering that accompanies the application process. I also interrogated some house officers who were coming to the end of their first year, and also those further up the hierarchy. Many professed a feeling that they chose their jobs based on subjective advice and wished that they had spent more time considering all the PRHO options available.
A few years ago Jessica Westall, former student editor of the