Shadowing the junior doctor
Are you graduating this year? The shadowing period can be invaluable preparation for your first day as a doctor, explain David Warriner and Lindsay Banham
- By: David Warriner, Lindsay Banham
Imagine your first day as an intern or foundation year 1 doctor: You have been bleeped three times in the past minute, ward 11 needs an urgent patient discharge letter, a patient in ward 25 needs a new cannula to give intravenous antibiotics, and ward 29 has a patient with chest pain. Where do you go first?
If you are a final year student and this scenario is enough to bring you out in a cold sweat, then you will no doubt be hoping that your last few months at medical school will have been adequate preparation for that first day on the wards. However, in 2003 the BMJ published a survey of 3446 newly qualified doctors; a worrying 40.3% thought that medical school had not prepared them adequately for their job. So what do you do?
Thankfully, most medical schools in the United Kingdom incorporate a shadowing period after