The Ten Commandments of the Foundation Programme: A Survival Guide!

In anticipation of all the new doctors starting this Wednesday, we are reposting our advice letter to FY1 doctors! Good luck to everyone starting this week!

Dear FY1s/Final Year Medical Students,

Firstly congratulations on your graduation from medical school! As a result of the pandemic, it has been a tough year to be a final year medical student. Despite the difficulties, you have survived and achieved what you set out to, all those years ago when you applied. Now that you are finally foundation doctors, here are some rules to help you along the way.

Part 1: Clinical Commandments

Commandment 1: I Will Be Organised

This may sound like a basic one but I cannot stress enough the importance of being organised as a foundation doctor. An organised FY1 really does help make the ward run more smoothly and makes life easier for seniors. For the ward round, update the patient list and have enough copies for everyone. For each patient, look at the drug chart and see if it needs to be rewritten - there is nothing worse for the on call team than being bleeped to rewrite a drug chart! In a similar vein, make sure you prescribe all of your patients’ warfarin doses before you go home. Throughout the ward round, compile a list of jobs that need doing. Having a good, structured jobs list leads us to the second commandment:

Commandment 2: I Will Prioritise

When looking through your jobs list it is important to prioritise tasks. For example, it is a good idea to get scans requested and discuss