I haven't posted much recently. I've been busy with exams, night shifts and job applications. I've not had time to do much else.
Many people feel that it is a bad time to be a junior doctor in the UK right now. A new training scheme has been introduced called Modernising Medical Careers. It is designed to shorten medical training and produce doctors that are 'fit for purpose'. Possibly less experienced (and less motivated - more later) but 'fit for purpose'.
Being a junior doctor in training in the UK now is a bit like being in the army. The pay is OK so I can buy as many CDs as I want and the hours are not as bad as they were in the past but you have to accept one thing. The government own you. The government runs your life.
Now that does sound a bit paranoid, doesn't it. They don't actually own you, you can always quit and stop being a doctor but you probably don't want to do that. Being a doctor is a good thing. You try to help people.
However there are a lot of hurdles. MTAS is the medical training application service, a computerised matching scheme that will decide where I live for the next few years. I cannot apply for just one job that I actually want in a specific area, I have to apply for up to four jobs in a geographical area stretching from Inverness to Liverpool . Interviews are offered based on 150 word answers to very vague questions that are meant to pick up good potential trainees based on some psychological profiling theories.
I did quite well. I've been offered three interviews. I enjoy creative writing. I am not convinced that this indicates that I am a good doctor (although I try hard and I hope I am).
Many people have been offered no interviews and are very unhappy.
So, If I am offered a job, no matter where it is, I have to take it. I will have to move if I don't get offered my dream job in my dream location. It's not so bad for me. I'm not married. I don't have kids. I'm not in a relationship right now. I don't have a house cos I'm still paying off my debts from medical school. It's not so bad for me.
I just might have to take a job not doing exactly what I want somewhere I don't really want to be. There is a bright side to this. I will meet new people and they might be cool. There might even be some attractive women. It could be fun.
When I go to work right now, when I eat lunch with my colleagues, I don't see too many happy faces. Junior doctors have it rough right now.
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