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Psychiatry
Applying to Psychiatry Training
Do you have an interest in human behaviour? Did you go into medicine to speak to...
Junior Doctor Pay Calculator
Junior Doctor Pay Calculator
We’ve created a junior doctor pay calculator which will help you better understand...
Referral Cheat Sheet
Referral Cheat Sheet
Our referral cheat sheet is our most popular resource having been downloaded thousands...
Payslips
Payslips & Income Tax
Each month, your pay and any deductions will be summarised to you in the form of...
Claiming Tax Relief
Claiming Tax Relief
This article is about claiming tax relief on essential things for your job. Understanding...
On Call Tips
On Call Tips
FY1s are usually most apprehensive about being on call, but it is also the shift...
Mobile Apps
Essential Apps
Here’s a list of apps that are in order of how essential we find them. There’s...
Insulin
Hyperglycaemia
Hyperglycaemia is something you will encounter frequently. In this article, we focus...
Clerking Patients
Clerking Patients: A few tips
Here we assume you know the basics, and instead we focus on the common pitfalls with...
Hypoxia
Hypoxia
As an FY1, you will be called to review hypoxic ward patients. Here we discuss common...
Blood Gas
ABG Interpretation
In this article, we will look at more practical aspects of how to read an ABG and...
Hyponatraemia
Hyponatraemia
Hyponatraemia (serum Sodium <135 mmol/L) is one of the most common electrolyte...
Anaesthetics
Applying to Anaesthetics
Anaesthetics is a very hands-on specialty. Day-to-day work will have a mix of practical...
Emergencies
Deteriorating Patient
The deteriorating patient is often the worst nightmare for new FY1s.  I remember...
Drowsy
Reduced GCS
As a doctor, you will frequently be called for a drowsy patient. They can vary from...
Ascitic Tap and Drain
Ascitic Tap and Drain
Ascitic aspiration (tap) is routinely performed for every patient admitted with ascites...
Radiology
Applying to Radiology
Radiology is a very exciting and innovative field of medicine. Radiologists have...
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Applying to Obstetrics and Gynaecology
In this article, we discuss why you should apply to O&G training, how to build your...
Medical Education
How to teach medical students
Balancing your workload as a junior doctor whilst teaching medical students effectively...
Hypertension
Hypertension in Hospital
As a junior doctor, you will often be called about patients with raised blood pressure...
Femoral Stab
Femoral Stab
Femoral puncture is typically used to acquire blood from a patient in an emergency...
Core Surgical Training
Applying to Core Surgical Training (CST)
Surgical training has a variety of work to get involved in as well as having many...
Ophthamology
Applying to Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology provides a great deal of variety by combining medicine, surgery &...
Seizures
Seizures
Scenario: You are bleeped by one of the staff nurses to review a patient on the orthopaedic...
Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation
AF is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia you will encounter. In this article,...
Hypotension
Hypotension
Expect many bleeps about hypotension from concerned nursing staff. It is a useful...
Pre & Post Operative Care
Pre & Post Operative Care
As a junior doctor, you will frequently look after patients prior to and after their...
NIV
Non-Invasive Ventilation
Non-invasive ventilation is a way of providing ventilatory support to patients in...
Hypercalcaemia
Hypercalcaemia
Serum calcium concentration is tightly regulated between 2.1-2.6mmol/L. Severe hypercalcaemia...
Maximise Points for Specialty Applications
Maximise Points for Specialty Applications
With the recent removal of additional degrees counting for points towards all specialty...
Jaundice
Jaundice & Deranged LFTs
As the FY1, you will see patients with liver dysfunction either on the take or deranged...
Stroke
Acute Stroke
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood...
Upper GI bleed
Upper GI bleed
These patients have the potential to become haemodynamically unstable extremely quickly;...
Diabetes
DKA and HHS
You’ve found a patient is hyperglycaemic & either they are ketotic or have...
Gynaecological Examination
Gynaecological Examination
If the thought of conducting an intimate examination or attempting to wield (without...
Discussing Treatment Escalation & DNAR
Discussing Treatment Escalation & DNAR
As an FY1 you should not be expected to make decisions regarding treatment escalation...
NHS Pension
NHS Pension Scheme (2015)
This article is supplementary to the webinar on the same subject, which you might...
Palliative
Palliative Care
Dying is a natural process and unfortunately, something that we all come across in...
Paediatrics
Applying to Paediatrics
On the one hand, you wear a Disney lanyard, with a pocket stuffed with stickers,...
PICC Lines and Midlines
PICC Lines and Midlines
You may well be asked to take blood from a PICC line or be called to see a patient...
Pneumothorax
Pneumothorax
A pneumothorax is defined as the abnormal collection of air between the visceral...
Gifts
10 Gifts for your Colleagues
As we all rotate so frequently between departments, many of us like to get our seniors...
General Practice
Applying to General Practice
GP training is one of the most popular pathways. In this article, we discuss how...
Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is a condition characterised by the inflammation of the pancreas. These...
ENT
ENT Emergencies
In this article, we cover the main ENT situations you are likely to encounter either...
Suturing
Suturing
Sutures are placed to aid with wound healing following a traumatic laceration or...
FY3
How to plan your FY3
FY3 refers to time spent out of training after completing the foundation programme...
Airway
Difficult Airway Patients
As a doctor, you may come across patients with complex airways. They should be found...
Choosing your Future Career
Choosing your Future Career
What does your future hold? Have you thought of a specialty that you want to pursue?...
Lumbar Puncture
Lumbar Puncture
A lumbar puncture uses a fine needle inserted between the vertebrae in the lower...
Dental Traumatology
Introduction to Dental Traumatology for A&E
This article aims to give basic information on the assessment of dental trauma to...
Chronic Kidney Disease
Managing patients with CKD
In whichever specialty you work, you will encounter large numbers of patients with...
Bullying
Bullying and Undermining - Changing Culture
Welcome to FY1. In your first few months, you will find your learning curve is steep...
Paediatrics_ Clerking & Discharge
Paediatrics: Clerking & Discharge tips
As an FY1 it is likely that you will manage paediatric patients during their admission,...
Common Dental Issues
Common Dental Issues
A very quick guide to common issues prompting referrals to maxillofacial surgery...
Gynaecology Assessment & Common Disorders
Gynaecology Assessment & Common Disorders
As gynaecology issues uncommonly present on the ward, many doctors have difficulties...
Medical Podcasts
Medical Podcasts that are worth a listen!
We asked on social media what your favourite podcasts were & these were rated...
Leadership
Leadership
The impact you have on yourself and the impact you have on people around you Although...

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