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A quick guide:

  • Choose a specialty that you enjoy, not the one seen as prestigious or lucrative
    • If you don’t enjoy what you do, your work may become very tedious for you, leading to unnecessary stress
  • Have a life plan, in your head if not on paper, and work to it
    • It’s good to have goals to work towards your plan. This way, if you’re not achieving what you’d like to, you can recognise this and take action
  • If you want the flexibility later, get the FRCS, MRCP now, and travel after
  • If you’re uncertain of direction after the FY2 stage, do posts of no less than six months and show this as “general interest” on your CV
  • Get organised:
    • Collect the required documentation for your Appraisal, systematically throughout the year
    • make sure your Indemnity Insurance reflects your Scope of Work
    • do your tax return accurately
  • NEVER accept a police caution
    • “Whilst a caution does not equate to a conviction, accepting a caution does amount to an admission of guilt. The GMC can take into account police cautions, as well as convictions, when considering a doctor’s fitness to practice” – Medical Defence Union
  • Don’t get married until certain of career path
    • Agree with your partner how career priorities will be decided. Better to have the discussion now, rather than four years down the line
  • Avoid career change after specialist training, without very good reason.
  • Don’t discount the possibilities of Independent Practice (Private Practice)

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