Questions about starting FY1 Watch

Megamanshah
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Hi,

I’m going to be starting FY1 in August, very scary arghhh, but I have some questions which I’m hoping someone/people could help me out with.

1) bit of a weird one, but do you need a laptop for FY1 if you have a desktop PC at home?
2) does anyone know what kind of responsibilities you have in obs & gynae as that’s my first rotation?

That’s it for now.

Thanks in advance!
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(Original post by Megamanshah)
Hi,

I’m going to be starting FY1 in August, very scary arghhh, but I have some questions which I’m hoping someone/people could help me out with.

1) bit of a weird one, but do you need a laptop for FY1 if you have a desktop PC at home?
2) does anyone know what kind of responsibilities you have in obs & gynae as that’s my first rotation?

That’s it for now.

Thanks in advance!
1) No.

2) I did O&G as an FY2, but we didn't have any FY1s so I was the most junior dr on the team. Obstetric responsibilities included: clerking pts in maternity triage, assisting in Caesarean sections (both elective and emergency), covering the ante and post-natal wards, and of course, the usual drug charts, bloods, cannulae, discharge summaries etc. There were opportunities to observe clinics relating to fertility, maternal medicine, and foetal medicine. There was very good support from the registrars and consultants. No one will expect you to make solo decisions on the labour ward.

Gynae responsibilities included clerking pts in the acute gynae unit, seeing pts in outpatients, ward cover, and assisting in gynae theatre. Occasionally if the reg was busy I'd clerk gynae patients in A&E. There were opportunities to attend colposcopy and specialist gynae clinics.

I really enjoyed my O&G job and if I was more surgically inclined I think it's probably something I would have liked to do as a career. Shame I don't like theatre
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I don't know why you'd think you'd need a laptop? I've never owned a laptop in my life and seem to be coping.

If you're concerned about having to do work-related computer stuff or something, all hospitals will have a library with PCs and they will usually be 24hrs. Or more commonly people sometimes hang around in the ward office if they need to do some computer work. You shouldn't really be doing that kind of thing on your personal laptop anyway because of risk of security breaches...
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Don't need a laptop.
Best thing to remember for FY1 is ABCDE (and glucose!) then call for senior advice if unsure.
Be nice to the nursing staff, especially in a specialty like O&G as they will help you a lot.
Mix with your FY1 colleagues.
Keep on top of the portfolio.
Don't take life too seriously when you are just starting out... enjoy it.
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1) No.

2) I did O&G as an FY2, but we didn't have any FY1s so I was the most junior dr on the team. Obstetric responsibilities included: clerking pts in maternity triage, assisting in Caesarean sections (both elective and emergency), covering the ante and post-natal wards, and of course, the usual drug charts, bloods, cannulae, discharge summaries etc. There were opportunities to observe clinics relating to fertility, maternal medicine, and foetal medicine. There was very good support from the registrars and consultants. No one will expect you to make solo decisions on the labour ward.

Gynae responsibilities included clerking pts in the acute gynae unit, seeing pts in outpatients, ward cover, and assisting in gynae theatre. Occasionally if the reg was busy I'd clerk gynae patients in A&E. There were opportunities to attend colposcopy and specialist gynae clinics.

I really enjoyed my O&G job and if I was more surgically inclined I think it's probably something I would have liked to do as a career. Shame I don't like theatre
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I don't know why you'd think you'd need a laptop? I've never owned a laptop in my life and seem to be coping.

If you're concerned about having to do work-related computer stuff or something, all hospitals will have a library with PCs and they will usually be 24hrs. Or more commonly people sometimes hang around in the ward office if they need to do some computer work. You shouldn't really be doing that kind of thing on your personal laptop anyway because of risk of security breaches...
(Original post by buddhainthesky)
Don't need a laptop.
Best thing to remember for FY1 is ABCDE (and glucose!) then call for senior advice if unsure.
Be nice to the nursing staff, especially in a specialty like O&G as they will help you a lot.
Mix with your FY1 colleagues.
Keep on top of the portfolio.
Don't take life too seriously when you are just starting out... enjoy it.
I currently have a laptop for med school, but it’s on its last legs and only really have enough money for either a pc or laptop. So was just wondering whether I actually needed one on the job or anything. Just thought I’d make sure! Thanks guys 😊😊
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As an FY1 in O&G I'd expect you to be primarily covering gynae - post-ops on the ward, possibly seeing new admissions in A&E/EGU (though they'll probably have been filtered via the SHO/reg). You won't be able to do much in obstetrics as you can't admit/discharge patients by yourself so beyond a few reviews on postnatal ward and some TTOs, I would be surprised if you got much responsibility - though obviously if you are keen they will let you get more involved!
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my o&g job was all gynae ward based. (post ops and admissions)
obstetrics was included if I took the initiative to do it; theatres, clinics etc
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