Life and loathings of a new doctor: All change
- By: Stephen Goldie
Six months as a surgical house officer went by so fast. I am sure I only graduated last week, but today was my first day as a medical junior doctor. I am working in a hospital I haven't visited for four and a half years, since I was a very junior student and not really paying much attention. It's so disorientating that I bumbled about for the first few hours generally getting in everyone's way. I feel like a newbie all over again.
My biggest fear for medicine was carrying the cardiac arrest page, and, of course, on my first day I was allocated to carry the time bomb. My nightshift colleague reassured me as he left that it hadn't gone off for two days. The way I saw it, there must have been a backlog waiting for me. Sure enough, we had two arrests within half an hour of