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A Day in the Life

Urology Registrar

A Day in the Life: Urology Registrar

7th January 2019

I’m a Urology registrar halfway through a five-year training programme. Find out what an average day is like here! Wondering what the pathway is to working in urology? See our Urology page…  Commute Its 07:25 on a cold, crisp Winter morning. I’ve just pulled into the hospital car park (£25 per month for the privilege,…

General Surgery Registrar

A Day in the Life: General Surgery Registrar

I notice as I walk across the hospital car park that my initial anxieties about becoming a registrar are slowly easing away. I’m week three into being a registrar and it’s already a far better job than being a house officer. Wondering what the pathway is to working in surgery? Find out on our General…

Female Orthopaedic Trainee

Women in Orthopaedics: A Trainee’s Perspective

21st November 2018

Starting out there weren’t many female orthopaedic trainees (let alone consultants) to ask if this was a good decision to make. Fortunately times are changing – and so is the face of orthopaedics! I’ve summarised a few of my experiences along the way to give a bit more information for those considering a career in…

Life of a Junior Doctor

A Day in the Life of a Junior Doctor

1st November 2018

Congratulations – you’ve made it to FY1 as junior doctor, but what has your day got in store? Starting out as a junior doctor can be intimidating. The media doesn’t do anybody any favours with lurid stories of under staffing and overcrowding, so if you’re starting out it pays to know what your typical day…

The Pain Masquerade

14th June 2018

Newly acquired knowledge is usually empowering and in theory improves patient care. However, on one occasion I learnt the hard way that no amount of theory can trump experience – when dealing with a patient I believed to be exaggerating his pain. No Malingerers Here! I refer a time when I was working in my…

Anaesthetics: A Day in the Life

12th June 2018

By an anonymous Anaesthetics SpR. Anaesthetics is a decidedly variable speciality. The day-to-day life of an SpR can differ greatly and no two weeks are the same. Currently, anaesthetists work in operating theatres, both elective and emergency, intensive care units, pain management services, peri-operative medicine clinics, obstetric wards… the list goes on. Each area covered…

Exploding Arms

11th June 2018

It’s towards the end of a busy day on a renal transplant FY1 rotation, and the last thing you want to hear before you’re due to leave is for your bleep go off. So when it inevitable does go off… it’s the day registrar on the phone. He clears his throat. “There’s a chap who’s…

Another Busy Evening in ED

21st May 2018

From an anonymous A&E consultant. It’s the start of another busy evening in ED. Like most days, the late shift starts with a departmental handover, also known as a ‘board round’. As the duty consultant, my role is to find out from the morning team about the state of the department, any significant events during…

Black Wednesday: First Day

From our Lead Surgical Contributor, Dr. Paul Sturch. Its called Black Wednesday. The first Wednesday in August. The first day for all new doctors. I used to think that the hospitals would prepare for this and make sure there was a lot of support and senior cover available, but that’s just not true. How naive…

Turning the Other Cheek

15th May 2018

From an anonymous contributor. It was a normal night in an emergency department somewhere in the East of England. A night like any other – road traffic collisions, domestics, slips, trips, and tumbles. A quiet night – at least for a Saturday – noteworthy only for how unremarkable it was. Until two young men walked…


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