I did it. I survived my first rotation. Granted I don't have the exam until January so I can't say I've passed it, but at least I've got to the end and got all of my sign ups.
It's been a scary 3 months really. There was all the uncertainty of what to expect. Having to talk to real patients who are actually sick in hospital. Actually having to do stuff. It's surprising how nervous I got taking blood of a patient for the first time. Such a minor and relatively easy proceedure and yet inside I was still shaking. I think I was probably shaking a bit on the outside too.
It's amazing how many patients are willing to help. By letting us take a history or examine them the patient is getting nothing out of it. In fact for some patients it can be pretty tiring, but still they let us practice on them. It makes me so happy whenever I thank someone and they say "don't worry, you have to learn somehow and I'm more than happy to help.". It's such a nice gesture and I hope that they realise how thankful myself and most other medical students are.
The new Junior Doctor's contract explained
2 years ago