How work has become my wellbeing

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Richard Phillips is an Academic FY1 Doctor in Birmingham interested in helping to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical medicine.   This one goes out to anyone starting a new chapter of their lives during the 2020 lockdown measures. I am an FY1 doctor who started work in June 2020, during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who knows me personally will know that I do not view medicine as a day job but a core part of my identity (we don’t have time to analyse the issues with that statement here I’m afraid!) and so commencing work was something that I was always especially looking forward to. But when it felt like the whole world was revering hospital staff, it felt to me like this year could not have been a more special time to start my career in medicine. **A fleeting snap of a fresh-faced (behind the mask!) new...

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Foundation interim year 1 (FiY1) – success or failure?

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  Richard Phillips is an Academic FY1 Doctor in Birmingham interested in helping to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical medicine. Having recently been a member of the cohort of 2020 graduating medics I have experienced firsthand the FiY1 programme (henceforth referred to as “interim”). This hastily concocted programme was a UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) initiative primarily in response to the fears of NHS staff sickness during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cancellation or modification of medical finals up all across the country, March, April and May saw the early (and rather unceremonious) graduation of ~8,500 new doctors. However, with the formal FY1 programme not set to start until 5th August 2020 there remained 8,500 fresh-faced doctors who couldn't be deployed. The interim programme allowed these new doctors the opportunity to commence work early in either: 1) a hospital linked to their medical school deanery; 2) a hospital linked to the deanery...

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