Great placement for me to start foundation. Lots of support, manageable workload, and really allowed me to get to grips with basics of medicine, alongside a focus on a thorough holistic attitude to patients that I have carried with me. I can imaging may not be quite as enjoyable as a more senior doctor, but plenty of scope for projects etc. Also T&O on calls, allowed me some early surgical experience, nut these made me more nervous, as i did no T&O outside to these on call shifts, where there was a lot less support form the surgical team
St Mary's Hospital
Great geris department with good senior support throughout and the opportunity to supervise foundation doctors and teach medical students.
On calls are well staffed and supported, and involve clerking during weekdays and nights, and ward cover on weekends. Plenty of opportunities for practical procedures and easy to get all DOPs and clerking requirements for IMT. Clinics can be tricky to get the required requirements for as many were frequently cancelled close to the clinic time. Opportunities for general geris clinics and falls clinics, and other clinic opportunities if ward staffing allows.
Sometimes there can be rota gaps on call, but these are frequently quickly filled by locums. I've heard of F1s and registrars having day shifts changed to night shifts on the day to plug a rota gap, but fortunately that has not happened to me or any other SHO I have talked to.
There is a nice mess with a table tennis table and quite an active mess committee who organise trips e.g climbing and snacks, but sadly no canteen on site. That being said there are some great restaurants and takeaway places nearby and most doctors buy food nearby or bring food and sit in the mess.
There are showers and bike storage areas, and a rest room with makeshift beds if you have time to sleep on call (never happened for me!)
Good QI team especially on geris, previous projects have won prizes at the RSM, very good support from seniors with QIPs. Some opportunities for research with COVID studies around the hospital.
There is good departmental teaching on Mondays, normally led by a reg or a consultant. Trainee teaching Tuesday morning in the Morning report (normally by one of the junior doctors from two different specialties), Grand Round on Wednesdays and Fridays, and a Radiology meeting with a radiology consultant on Thursdays to run through scans. No specific IMT weekly teaching, but lots of opportunities to take study leave for HEE regional teaching, optional teaching, conferences, and sim sessions for emergencies and procedures.
Overall, a really friendly atmosphere on every ward on call, and especially on the geris wards. Nurses very competent and supportive. A really great placement and great place to work.