Life as a flexible PRHO trainee
Are you interested in flexible training for your house officer post? Farnaza Ariffin lets you in on what its really like …
I had never heard of flexible training as a student. I was due to have my first baby during my final year, and I had the dilemma of working full time, sacrificing precious time with my new born child or deferring my preregistration house officer training. When a colleague mentioned flexible training, I realised there could be a third way. I arranged a meeting with the flexible training office, and I spent the next six months organising the job and shopping for baby clothes.
I was paired up with another student and we were offered a job share in a supernumerary post. I started work when my baby was only five weeks old. It was hectic, and I spent a lot of my lunch break running up to the on-call room and expressing milk. I managed to breast feed my baby until she was nine months old. I had a