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Full Day in the Life of A Doctor (FY2 on a GP Placement)

Day is the Life of an FY2 Doctor

Morning routine - Friday

6:45 am: Woke up to Yeshua by Maverick City Música with a slight headache. Unsure why this has been happening. Most likely excessive screen time. I jump out of bed remembering I have a prescription of glasses I should be using (Not part of my morning routine), then I return to bed to read my bible. I prayed and then, read Matthew Chapter 4 and half of Chapter 5. I spent half an hour wondering what Jesus fulfilling the law means.

7:56 am: I realized I was going to be late for work, so I quickly hopped into the shower, tried myself, and brushed my teeth. I then go downstairs to the washing machine to grab my trousers and decide on a shirt to wear. It's now 8:20, I am officially late. I grab my water bottle, green tea bottle and fruit (I am treating myself to Subway for lunch so there is no need for any meal prep).


8:31 am: I was meant to leave the house at 8:00 am, I am so beyond late. I hurry to my car, grab my gym bag and lunch and quickly drive through the motorway to work. I do not recommend this. I get to work, find my badge wave it over the sensor, get into my designated parking space and check my emails (It's 8:57 am and I start work at (9:00). I grab my bags, rush through the elevator and then log into my computer. It's now 9:02 am (I am late and mildly disappointed and I blame Matthew).

(Matthew 5 vs 17-20: 17 “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter[a]or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished.19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.)

9:02 am: I check the patients assigned to me and make notes. I only have one this morning. I am a woman with symptoms suggesting hypothyroidism/early menopause.

9:30 am: We have a GP huddle, where we have an ice-breaker followed by any key patients or issues within the surgery. I love this.

9:40 am: I attempt to call my patient. Failed. Decided to sort out IT stuff and to restock my office.

10:00 am: called patient again and managed to get through. Completed a thorough history and asked the patient to come in for a full assessment and blood. The patient was not able to come in as she was at work so I booked the appointment for Monday morning. I then proceeded to discuss the case with my supervisor (This is my second week in GP and every patient I see I need to discuss).

Notes as an FY2 doctor at work

11:00 am: I am given another patient complaining of heartburn (dyspepsia). Called 4 times and had no reply. Decided to call back after lunch and started writing this blog. Attempted again and no reply. I sorted out some locum shifts I wanted and then asked my supervisor for another patient.

11:50 am: Given another patient. Looked over the history and they had some anal bleeding. Called them and took a thorough history. Then I proceeded to book an appointment for them for the next working day.

12:36 pm: Lunch: Wanted subway but it was too far, about to rain and cold. So I settled for Greggs steak bake. Not satisfied at all.

Greggs  sandwich

13:30 pm: Recalled the patient with dyspepsia who agreed to come in at 15:30 pm for an examination.

15:44 pm: Patient did not attend her appointment (sigh) and no answer or reply from the text. Did some online training instead.

16:00pm: Discussed patient with my clinical supervisor and started her on some new medication. Left work at 16:50.

Evening routine

17:00 pm: Tidied my office and then drove to the gym (had a banana in between).

18:45 pm: Did 10 minutes of cardio followed by legs. Love leg day, hate it the day after.

19:30 pm: Drove to Subway and had a chicken tikka on Italian bread (enjoyed every single bite). Had my subway and then Took a shower.

Subway sandwich

20:00 pm: Got into bed and was on the phone with my husband and sister.

Night Routine

21:45 pm: Cleaned the house (more like tidied the house), then brushed my teeth and then went on YouTube and then went to bed.

Saturday Morning

6:45 am: Woke up on a Saturday morning after a gorgeous 8 and a half hours of sleep, read my bible, brushed my teeth, moisturized, put on my scrubs, grabbed my lunch, water and tea and drove to my locum shift.

Reflection on my day: Overall a great day that allowed me to accomplish a lot.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my Day in the Life as a doctor.

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