Life as a Clinical Medic

So...you are starting out on the wards and need some advice about how everything works and what you need to succeed?

You've come to the right place!

What Do I Need?

Ward Clothes

It’s always difficult to give exact advice – everyone has their own ward appropriate style. The keys are: keep it professional; keep it clean; sensible shoes; and ALWAYS bare below the elbows!

Equipment

Stethoscope - You never know when you'll stumble across a new murmur!

A Watch - Don't be caught out when asked a patient's heart rate.

Hospital ID/Access Card - Good luck getting around the hospital without it!

Orange Badge - There's nothing worse than people thinking you are a qualified doctor...

SmartCard - Gives you access to EPR and online student notes

Books

Not for taking on the ward, but depending on your rotation, there are loads of books you can use for background knowledge and honing your clinical skills. There is a list of suggestions for each specialty, but here are a few of the highlights:

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine - affectionately known as 'Cheese and Onion', this is a must have for any clinical medic and also has an online version

Oxford Cases in Medicine and Surgery - a great resource for practising history taking with friends!

Browse's Introduction to the Symptoms and Signs of Surgical Disease - is there anything you need to know about surgery that isn't in this book? Probably not.

Arranging Teaching!

The key to success at medical school is to be proactive in studying and organising teaching. This is something that you get better at as you go through Clinical School but we realise it is hard for 4th Years to get used to this at first. So we have put together a list of F1 and F2 doctors who have offered bedside teaching for 4th Years! Just get together a small group (2-4ish people) and get in touch with one of the foundation doctors to organise a session!

(List is being compiled at the moment and will appear here very soon!)

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