Senior house officers: the lost tribe?
Doing medicine used to mean a job for life, but these days many junior doctors are facing unemployment. Kaji Sritharan investigates reports of a crisis in senior house officer jobs
- By: Kaji Sritharan
Recent concerns about doctor shortages have seen the creation of new medical schools, expansion of existing medical schools, and active recruitment of doctors from overseas. It seems a bizarre contradiction junior doctors unable to find jobs? Is there really a problem?
Is this all down to the same healthy competition for jobs that happens every year? It doesn't seem that simple to the doctors affected. “I've applied for at least 30 jobs and have only been shortlisted for one and this had over 1050 applicants,” says Clare Swaney, a career accident and emergency senior house officer (SHO). “In the end though it came down to experience and I'm in the situation where I'm too experienced for foundation year 2(F2) pilots but not experienced enough for a stand alone SHO post. It's not a problem that is isolated to any one region either-I have friends in London, Newcastle, and Manchester who