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Our advice for new doctors – a special blog series

30 Jul 2018

This week, all across the UK, a new intake of doctors will take up their posts throughout the NHS.

And yet … despite the gruelling hours, baptism of fire and all the other faults, most of all I remember that 6 month post as one of the happiest most fulfilling times of my life. The sense of camaraderie and team working are unrivalled. We worked hard, we learned fast, we played hard and we made the whole experience as enjoyable as possible. Most importantly we looked after one another, and to this day some of my closest friends are my co-residents.

President Elect Jackie Taylor

This week, all across the UK, a new intake of doctors will take up their posts throughout the NHS.

The transition from medical school to foundation year one (FY1) comes with a new level of opportunities, responsibilities and pressures on all those who are on the path to pursue a medical career.

To celebrate this milestone, we’ve asked a range of clinicians to recount their own experience as a new doctor, and to set out the advice they’d give to their new colleagues who are starting work this week.

Starting today and continuing each week day until Monday 6th August, we’ll publish a new addition to this series on our President’s Blog . You can also follow us on Twitter , or like our Facebook page for these updates and more.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is committed to supporting new doctors. Our Trainees’ Committee plays an important role in this work. If you’d like more information on the work of this group, or you’d like to play your part in the work of the committee over the coming year, please contact us at

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