The beginning of November heralded my three year anniversary of Consultant-hood, and looking back over those years quite a lot has changed.
Category: Guest Blogs
2 years and 9 months: Or is it 10? Like a whirlpool, it never ends.
Things feel jumbled, and it feels difficult to work out why, although in reality, the answer is easy, and it’s starring most of us in the face at the moment. The reason is work.
2 years & 6 months: Grief is the price we pay for love.
It turns out, that although I had gathered all those pieces of my broken heart I’d forgotten to stick them back together with anything more adhesive than tears.
2 years and 3 months: My “first” appraisal
The closest thing to an appraisal during training was ARCP, or potentially the End of Placement Review. It turns out that Consultant appraisals are quite different to ARCPs... or at the very least mine was.
Looking Back: Two years In
I was caught out on a Zoom call the other day, when I started to introduce myself as a “new Consultant” to those I hadn’t met before and saw the amused shaking eyes of those who knew me. Apparently, I am no longer “new” despite the fact I often still feel it.
18(+) months in: The Other Part of my Job (Part 1)
My job plan is for a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Simulation, with 10PAs in total, and 20% of this dedicated to simulation.
So, how did I end up with a job in EM and Simulation?
Women in Medicine and Beauty Pageants
It's International Women's Day on March 8th, and on the run up to this I've been thinking about what it means to be a woman in medicine.
My First December: Feels like Christmas?
Would I be so busy, that, yet again, December would come and go without me really having time to enjoy it? I consistently tell my juniors that the Consultant rota is a million times better than as a trainee, was this still going to hold true?
12 Months In : Is it worth it?
It is now a year since I started my Consultant post and over the last 12 months I’ve been asked several times if the step up to being a Consultant is “worth it”. Similarly, I’ve been asked by newer Consultants elsewhere if being a Consultant “actually gets better”. I think these questions themselves do enough to demonstrate that life as a Consultant is not all a bed of roses.
9 Months In: Did I Make A Good Supervisor?
The beginning of August marked me being in post for 9 months, as well as heralding a new intake of junior doctors, and saying good bye to those moving on. Those of you following my #KW5years tweets might remember that I was assigned my first ever trainee in January, and I was pretty keen to get being a trainer “right”.