*MEGATHREAD* Final Year Medics - Class of 2019 Watch

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Folks.

This is it.

The moment we've all been waiting for/dreading/avoiding for as long as possible (:ninja:ahem:ninja: - are you sure theres no other degrees i can intercalate just to delay this even further??????)

The time has come: FINAL YEAR :party:

Time to confront FPAS, Oriel, the SJT, the PSA, finals, elective (if yours is in final year ...) - the real world :eek:

How are we all feeling?
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:party: :yay: Congrats all (in advance)
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Finals and elective get done in 4th year where I'm at, so all done and dusted there! Had our dates through for PSA and SJT which is scary!
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Everyone sitting finals this year, you'll get really tired of hearing "You can do it!" and "It will be fine!".

Having said that, you can do it! It'll be fine!
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Finals and elective get done in 4th year where I'm at, so all done and dusted there! Had our dates through for PSA and SJT which is scary!
Ah lucky! Yeah we've had a massive official email talking about important stuff like the GMC ID check which is mildly terrifying
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All the best guys!

If you've made it this far, your university has no interest in you falling at the last hurdle. Take them seriously and start early enough, and finals are straightforward, even if like me you remember nothing for your earlier clinical years.

Seriously, I intercalated after scraping through third year, so pretty much had to learn general medicine and surgery from scratch. And because I started revising an hour or two 3 months in advance, I got through without much fuss.
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All the best guys!

If you've made it this far, your university has no interest in you falling at the last hurdle. Take them seriously and start early enough, and finals are straightforward, even if like me you remember nothing for your earlier clinical years.

Seriously, I intercalated after scraping through third year, so pretty much had to learn general medicine and surgery from scratch. And because I started revising an hour or two 3 months in advance, I got through without much fuss.
thats great to hear i've intercalated between fourth and final year and feel as if i've forgotten everything from the two clinical years i've done
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Helloooooo

Less than a year now eh? glhf!

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Anyone willing to tell me any good/bad hospitals in your region? Trying to whittle down FPAS choices, and I don't really have any ties except London (and realistically, probs won't get it cuz mediocre decile w/o degree) mucho gracias
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Helloooooo

Less than a year now eh? glhf!

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Anyone willing to tell me any good/bad hospitals in your region? Trying to whittle down FPAS choices, and I don't really have any ties except London (and realistically, probs won't get it cuz mediocre decile w/o degree) mucho gracias
Mersey side of North West is really nice in general, a few DGHs work people harder than others but there's none I've been to where the F1s have said 'don't work here'.
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Started final year last Monday. At this stage, I just cba with being a medical student anymore.
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Started final year last Monday. At this stage, I just cba with being a medical student anymore.
I know that feel, bro. But I really enjoyed my elective/assistantship - it's like being an F1 without the pay or legal responsibility.
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I know that feel, bro. But I really enjoyed my elective/assistantship - it's like being an F1 without the pay or legal responsibility.
Yeah I think life after finals will be much better! How's starting F1 been for you?
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Yay! Congrats fellow final years I’m feeling okay about the academic side of this year (I’ve heard it’s quite easy and relaxed at my med school) but very nervous about FPAS and elective as I have absolutely no idea where I want to go for either, yay for being indecisive last time I had to make a big life decision (where to go to uni) I was 17 so I’m a little out of practice at them :P
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Yeah I think life after finals will be much better! How's starting F1 been for you?
It's super chill - I'm on a downstream orthogeris ward, so so far very few acutely ill patients. slow turnover so I only do like 5 IDLs in a whole week, but enough doctoring to keep me at a good level of busy. Would highly.recommend MoE as a good into to F1 job. 😋

Bit salty that I've spent 6 years being inappropriately called doctor, but now that I finally am one all the demented older ladies have started calling me.nurse.
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(Original post by hslakaal)
Helloooooo

Less than a year now eh? glhf!

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Anyone willing to tell me any good/bad hospitals in your region? Trying to whittle down FPAS choices, and I don't really have any ties except London (and realistically, probs won't get it cuz mediocre decile w/o degree) mucho gracias
In Wessex: great places I’ve been: Basingstoke, Winchester, Bournemouth, Dorchester.

Places that love their F1s: Dorchester (no night shifts, awesome mess, gorgeous accommodation)

Big hospitals: Southampton, Portsmouth. Variable experience. Portsmouth Paeds people seemed happy. Everyone in southampton is crazy busy but that’s standard for a big hospital I guess.

I haven’t heard of anywhere that’s awful tbh, but it’s such a big deanery (geographically) that you can end up moving far between placements so choose wisely if you come here!!
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Started final year beginning of July! Surgery, medicine, GP, and a chosen unit (I’m doing ED and anaesthetics), finishing just after Christmas, and then finals middle to end of January! Elective and assistantship after that. Terrified!
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Helloooooo

Less than a year now eh? glhf!

Side note,

Anyone willing to tell me any good/bad hospitals in your region? Trying to whittle down FPAS choices, and I don't really have any ties except London (and realistically, probs won't get it cuz mediocre decile w/o degree) mucho gracias
I'm in the Manchester side of North West deanery. Here the 'big city' hospitals that tend to draw people in because they're big and flashy are the Manchester Royal (MRI), Wythenshawe and Salford, plus the specialist hospitals the Royal Manchester Children's, St Mary's (maternal/foetal), and the Eye Hospital. I'm based at MRI so obvs am most familiar with that one. They've all p much got that large teaching hospital feel to them in terms of being very busy, fairly anonymous, small fish big pond etc. I know a fair number of people who wanted to end up at Salford for neuro or Wythenshawe for cardio but honestly they're so hyper specialised that I'm not sure how much general (i.e. useful) neuro/cardio people end up doing. Personally I've always found Salford particularly cold/unwelcoming however that's probably influenced by the tendency for the education centre staff to not be the nicest/politest, particularly towards students who are not based at Salford, so perhaps not something you'd feel as a doctor. Another thing to note is that the typical FPAS scores that have been required to end up at these hospitals has been rivalling London scores in recent years.

The DGHs (i.e. North Manchester, Oldham, Tameside, Trafford, plus a bunch that I haven't been to) are a very mixed bag. Some of them are fab, the junior doctors seem happy and keen and enthusiastic, the facilities are great and in general the working environment is a nice one to be in. Others are really quite bad, old and crumbling, the juniors seem to look forward to leaving/to their next jobs, not many facilities, not a whole lot going on. But for the most part I think that always tends to happen with DGHs, there's always good ones and bad ones. Plus it's probably something you'd have better luck talking to the juniors in the deanery about as so much of a med students opinions of hospitals are influenced by our experiences of the specific placements we had at each one (i.e. I dislike Trafford general a lot, but I also had two horrible placements there in geriatrics and ortho so maybe if I was on a better ward I wouldn't hate Trafford as much?)

so far my favourite manchester hospitals have been St Mary's, the Children's, and Tameside.

Ive also been to Nobles, the DGH on the Isle of Man, although I believe you have to work in the Merseyside/Liverpool side of the North West to rotate onto the IoM. I have to say, it was awesome - the juniors all seemed so happy to be there, there were so many teaching opportunities, the hospital is great, the island is so beautiful. I would work there myself if I could just come out for that rotation and not have to stay in the north west 😂
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I can recommend Peninsula and Severn for training, and great quality of life. There's a good mix of big teaching hospitals and DGHs and you generally get one year of each in the foundation programme. And you get to live in the beautiful South West of England!
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I'm in the Manchester side of North West deanery. Here the 'big city' hospitals that tend to draw people in because they're big and flashy are the Manchester Royal (MRI), Wythenshawe and Salford, plus the specialist hospitals the Royal Manchester Children's, St Mary's (maternal/foetal), and the Eye Hospital. I'm based at MRI so obvs am most familiar with that one. They've all p much got that large teaching hospital feel to them in terms of being very busy, fairly anonymous, small fish big pond etc. I know a fair number of people who wanted to end up at Salford for neuro or Wythenshawe for cardio but honestly they're so hyper specialised that I'm not sure how much general (i.e. useful) neuro/cardio people end up doing. Personally I've always found Salford particularly cold/unwelcoming however that's probably influenced by the tendency for the education centre staff to not be the nicest/politest, particularly towards students who are not based at Salford, so perhaps not something you'd feel as a doctor. Another thing to note is that the typical FPAS scores that have been required to end up at these hospitals has been rivalling London scores in recent years.

The DGHs (i.e. North Manchester, Oldham, Tameside, Trafford, plus a bunch that I haven't been to) are a very mixed bag. Some of them are fab, the junior doctors seem happy and keen and enthusiastic, the facilities are great and in general the working environment is a nice one to be in. Others are really quite bad, old and crumbling, the juniors seem to look forward to leaving/to their next jobs, not many facilities, not a whole lot going on. But for the most part I think that always tends to happen with DGHs, there's always good ones and bad ones. Plus it's probably something you'd have better luck talking to the juniors in the deanery about as so much of a med students opinions of hospitals are influenced by our experiences of the specific placements we had at each one (i.e. I dislike Trafford general a lot, but I also had two horrible placements there in geriatrics and ortho so maybe if I was on a better ward I wouldn't hate Trafford as much?)

so far my favourite manchester hospitals have been St Mary's, the Children's, and Tameside.

Ive also been to Nobles, the DGH on the Isle of Man, although I believe you have to work in the Merseyside/Liverpool side of the North West to rotate onto the IoM. I have to say, it was awesome - the juniors all seemed so happy to be there, there were so many teaching opportunities, the hospital is great, the island is so beautiful. I would work there myself if I could just come out for that rotation and not have to stay in the north west 😂
Yeah. Northwest is defo on the list. Think it'll be within reach (assuming I get average SJT, it'll be between that or STFS at this rate. Think I'm leaning towards Oxford, STFS and NW but can't decide between the three of them for order!
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Can anyone advise on North East & Central Thames vs Essex, Beds & Herts?
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