So I start work as a Doctor in less than 48 hours! That is a terrifying thought…. I think I’ve been coping with the nerves rather well for the past few weeks but last night it finally hit me and sleep was almost impossible!
I have been trying to occupy myself with other tasks to try and take my mind off the imminent start of work (yesterday I had a lovely afternoon tea with my Mum) but it doesn’t seem to be working as once it’s night time I can’t turn off my brain!
I know once I actually start I will be alright, I wouldn’t have made it through medical school if I couldn’t manage on my first day of work, but the not knowing what to expect is really scary.
As distraction doesn’t seem to work I guess I should take advantage of my willingness to work and get some pre-reading done so at least I can pretend I am prepared for work.
Any thoughts on what are the key things for an FY1? Anything specific to a Resp job that would be useful to revise before starting?
I will start my first job in just over two weeks so I thought I would run though the things I am doing to prepare myself.
1- Getting organised! I am a list person, I cannot actually function without always having a to-do list by my side. So the first thing I have done is written everything I need to get done down. There will be so much, from pre-employment checks to completing online e-leaning courses. If you start a few weeks early then you can get these things done steadily rather than rushing (that’s what I tried to convince myself anyway). Along with a list I have also recently upgraded my diary to a more official ‘filofax’ system so have been trying to get myself sorted with that before work starts.
2- Revision. Not sure about anyone else but it has been 4 months since my finals and I feel like most of the information has already fallen out of my head! I decided that a bit of revision over the next few weeks will help me to remember the bits I may have forgotten and give me a bit more confidence when I actually start work. I have decided to split my revision into two sections: 1-specifically Respiratory pathology as this is my first job, 2- general information important for FY1s (things like fluid prescribing, death certificates, dealing with acutely unwell patients etc.)
3- Physical preparation. My first day will start at 7.30am!! As I have spent the last 4 months sleeping in until 10am I figured the first thing I need to do is get back to waking up early! I have decided to set my alarm slightly earlier each morning (by 15 minutes or so) and hopefully in two weeks time waking up at crazy early times will not be too much of a shock.
I have also recently joined a gym… I figured start as you mean to go on…
Lets hope these small changes might make my first few weeks of being a doctor slightly easier to manage.