I’ve been in post for six months now and I can finally say with confidence that I feel as though I have “settled in”. How do I know that I’ve settled in? Re-reading my last blog after three months it’s pretty clear that I wasn’t sure then, and in retrospect even more clear that I … Continue reading Six Months In and I Feel Like I Belong
Yes I was battered and bruised, and no I wasn't capable of fulfilling all the duties of a consultant but despite this I still had a role to play, a way I could contribute to the specialty that I loved, a reason to belong in EM. For the first time in nearly two years I wasn't just a problem, I was a solution.
It’s now three months since I started my Consultant post. There are two things I want to touch on from these past three months – time off and that first on call.
I’ve just finished my first month as a Consultant. It has certainly not all been plain sailing, and as expected there have been ups and downs as I’ve settled into this new role.
I’ve spent the last few weeks thinking about this a lot, and as I have reflected I have come up with a list of 5 things that I believe will stand me in good stead in the weeks and years to come.
We must aspire to be more than covers bands, playing the same popular tunes that everyone has heard before and loves to sing along with. We must write our own songs, new songs, play them loudly and risk being ridiculed because, just like Rock & Roll, trying to make medicine better is a risk.
As a man I really only get to see the world of medicine from a male perspective. Sure I'm a reasonably intelligent, modern man and I occasionally hear comments from my female colleagues but is that enough? Just as 360 degree feedback helps you see yourself better, hearing people with a different viewpoint talk about medicine gives you a more rounded, more realistic picture of our professional culture. Spending a regular half hour listening to women talking about the experience of medicine from their perspective is enlightening...and shocking.