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Choosing Your Specialty

November is the time of year when many of you will be going through specialty applications. Choosing your medical field is one of the most difficult decisions you may have to make in your career, but it’s vital to get it right, as it’ll impact your life for years to come. In this video we … Continue reading Choosing Your Specialty...

Core Medical Training – Where should you apply?

Applications for Core Medical Training opened on the 7th November! In this article we break down the 2018 GMC National Training Survey data by region, to find out which deaneries are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload for Core Medica...

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Core Surgical Training – Where should you apply?

Applications for Core Surgical Training opened on the 7th November! In this article we break down the 2018 GMC National Training Survey data by region, to find out which deaneries are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload for Core Surgi...

GP Training – Where should you apply?

Applications for GP Training opened on the 7th November! In this article, we break down the 2018 GMC National Training Survey data by region, to find out which deaneries are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload for GP Training. We also...

Choosing Your Specialty

November is the time of year when many of you will be going through specialty applications. Choosing your medical field is one of the most difficult decisions you may have to make in your career, but it’s vital to get it right, as it’ll impact yo...

Core Medical Training – Where should you apply?

Applications for Core Medical Training opened on the 7th November! In this article we break down the 2018 GMC National Training Survey data by region, to find out which deaneries are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload for Core Medica...

Which Core Training Pathway has the most satisfied doctors?

Applications for core training pathways opened this week! Today, we’re analysing the 2018 GMC survey data to explore which of the main training pathways at Core level are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload nationally. Look out for ...

Which Specialty makes the happiest doctors?

In this article we explore which specialities are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload. This is based on ratings given by doctors across the country for all specialties at Core and Specialty levels in the GMC 2018 Survey. Of course, th...

My life as a ST6 in Paediatrics

This instalment of ‘my life as doctor’ brings us a senior registrar in Paediatrics!   What training are you in? Paediatric training. I’m currently working at ST6 level.   Where are you working? Kent, Surrey, & Sussex Deanery, but ...

My life as a ST2 in Radiology

In this instalment of ‘My life as a doctor’, we find out what radiology is like from an insider!   What stage of training are you currently at? Can you outline how the training structure for Radiology works? I am currently an ST2. Ra...

My life as a ST4 in Old Age Psychiatry

In this instalment of My life as a doctor, we’re investigating what it’s like to be in old age psychiatry! What stage of your training are you in? I am training in old age psychiatry (higher specialty training), and I’m at ST4. In addit...

Wellbeing support for doctors

Working as a doctor is demanding, and can be incredibly emotionally draining. Our mental health is more likely to suffer than in any other profession1. A recent survey by the Medical Protection Society revealed that 85% of doctors have experienced me...

Which Foundation Schools make the most satisfied doctors?

Messly helps doctors make evidence-based decisions in their careers. For those of you applying to the Foundation Programme this month, we know that choosing a Deanery is often based on hearsay from older peers, or just plain guesswork. We’re trying...

My life as a Geriatric consultant

This week, we explore the life of a consultant in Geriatric medicine. Ryan is new to his post, and gives us an in on his life in palliative care.   What stage of your training are you in? Having completed my SpR training, I’m just finding my f...

My life as a Portfolio GP

In this instalment, Dr. Luke Turley tells us what it’s like to be a portfolio doctor! What stage of your training are you in? I am a qualified GP. I passed MRCGP in 2008, and have been working as a GP since then.   Where are you based? I...

Your Rights on Rotas

In this article we look more closely at your rights regarding shifts and rota patterns. There are contractual limits on working hours and protected rest periods – which are necessary to ensure both patient and doctor safety.   Guardian of ...

Basics of the Junior Doctor Contract

With so much hearsay about the 2016 Junior Doctor Contract, it’s tricky separating fact from fiction. In the next part of our training video series we cover the basics of the JDC and what it means for doctors working in the NHS.   Contract...

Who’s Who in the NHS

The NHS is a huge ecosystem spanning over 1.5 million employees, and hundreds of organisations…which can be very confusing. This video addresses that knowledge gap – who’s who, what does everybody do, and where do you come in? The Basics Th...

Which are the most competitive Foundation Schools?

Messly helps doctors make evidence-based decisions in their careers. For those of you applying to the Foundation Programme this month, we know that choosing a Deanery is often based on hearsay from older peers, or just plain guesswork. We’re trying...

My life as a ST7 Anaesthetics Trainee

In this edition of ‘My life as…’ we’re talking to a ST7 Anaesthetics trainee   What training stage are you in? Anaesthetics training ST7 – I should begin CCT at the beginning of February.   Where are you working? S...

How to apply to the Foundation Programme 2019

The Foundation Programme is a two-year work-based training programme which is intended to bridge the gap between medical school and specialty training. Applications are now open! You should submit your applications through Oriel (national online appl...

Messly’s Top Tips for the SJT 2018/19

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) for final year medical students plays an important part in your ranking for the applications for the Foundation Programme (UKFP). Whether you have a great Educational Performance Measure (EPM) score or not, the SJ...

My life as an ST2 GP

This week, Rosalyn tells us about how she’s found her time in GP training so far! What training are you pursuing right now? GP training. I’m currently taking a year out in between ST2 and ST3 doing an OOPE working with Health Education Englan...

My life as an ST-LAT in Acute Medicine

In this ‘my life as…’, we find an ST-LAT in Acute Medicine to talk to! Where are you in your training right now? ST-LAT (locum appointment training) Acute Medicine – that makes me ST4. I didn’t pass my PACES by end of co...

My life as a clinical teaching fellow in Emergency Medicine

Where are you in your training? I am currently a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Leicester University. I have finished my FY1 and FY2 and this is currently my “F3” before applying for ACCS (Emergency Medicine) next year.   Where are you working?...

My life as a Cardiology Registrar (ST6)

Continuing our ‘my life as a…’ series this week, we have an anonymous cardiology registrar nearing the end of their specialty training.   Where are you at right now? I’m in Cardiology, recently started ST6. I’m in t...

Messly’s Guide to ST3 Applications 2019

ST3 Applications will open in January 2019 . Messly are here to help you make the smartest, evidence-based choices for your specialty training programmes. With this in mind, we have written a 5 minute guide to completing your applications and how Mes...

Messly Top Tips for Choosing Your Speciality

We’ll take you through some steps to help you think about the speciality thats right for you. The amount of choices you have after foundation training is mind-boggling – 60 specialities and over 30 sub-specialities, choosing one can seem ...

Nadia Knows: What to do when you’re thinking about leaving Medicine

“I’ve just started my F2 year and I’m really unhappy at work. I struggled through F1 and always felt like it wasn’t what I had been expecting in terms of how disrupted my life would be. But I thought I just needed some time to adj...

What you need to know about your new rota

Lots of people are involved in coordinating your training placements. This leaves a lot of room for errors in communication – which can be frustrating when you’re waiting for your rota. The diagram below explains how your placements are coord...

Messly’s Guide to the Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA/MSRA)

Here we have Dr Mahibur Rahman from eMedica sharing some tips for preparing for the Speciality Recruitment Assessment.  The Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA) plays an important part in the shortlisting and assessment process for 6 different spe...

My life as a Anaesthetic post-Registrar

Messly is introducing a new series: ‘My life as a…’ – where we pick the brains of professionals at all stages across the country about their careers, their highs and lows, and their experiences with training. For our first int...

Messly’s Guide to CT1/ST1 Applications 2019

Messly’s mission is to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers.   Choosing which specialty to train in is one of the biggest and hardest decisions doctors make. Often this decision is based off hearsay, and snatched ...

Messly’s Guide to GP Applications 2019

In this article we look at the GP application process.  About 5,000 doctors apply to enter GP training each year, with over 3,500 rotations available. The recruitment process is very different to other specialties and comprises the following stages:...

Experiencing your first death

If you’d told me as an F1 that I’d have loved my placement in Palliative Medicine, I’d have laughed. But working in an environment where death was normalised – and where the focus moved to how to make people comfortable in their last minu...

Advice I wish I had as an F1

Your first year on the job can be overwhelming, and being in a formal working environment for the first time is intimidating. We’ve collected the most practical tips from junior doctors who’ve been in your shoes help set your mind at ease:  ...

Nadia Knows: What to do when your team makes mistakes

“I had a rude awakening in my first full week of work. A patient had cardiac arrest due to a series of errors made by the team. What’s your advice on: How to pick yourself up when you know a patient has been harmed because of mistakes? How to...

Making time when you don’t have any

It’s tough to maintain work-life balance as a doctor – your rota keeps you too busy to breathe. In all that, it’s important to make time for the things you to enjoy, so that you can be well-rested and well-adjusted inside and outside the ho...

Introducing our agony aunt

Intro We know firsthand how difficult, frustrating and confusing life can be as a doctor. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn when you’re in need of advice. That’s why we will be offering a weekly advice column – Nadia Knows...

Concerns for doctors returning to work

Coming back to work is never easy: whether a career break has been voluntary or involuntary, professional or personal, it’s common for a sense of dread to accompany that first Monday morning back in the 9-5. Never is this more true than when return...

Returning to training following a bereavement

The loss of a loved one is one of the toughest challenges we go through during our lifetime. Balancing the grieving process with working life can feel nearly impossible and sometimes the best course of action is to take some time away from work.   W...

Key Resources for Junior Doctors returning to training

We’ve put together of the best resources out there to support you with return to medical training.  Be as active as possible in planning both your time away and the course of your return – you, your patients and those you may go on to mentor wil...

Returning to work after parental leave

Having responsibility over another’s life (not to mention experience of sleep deprivation) is hardly a new experience for a doctor. That being said there is no career in the world that can fully prepare you for parenthood and the impact that it wil...

Returning to training following an Out Of Practice Experience (OOPE)

Medicine is not confined to the ward; the call for care can come from the most unexpected places. Taking time off from traditional practice can do so much to renew your respect for your field and provide both a professional and personal challenge. Th...

How To Survive A Night Shift As A F1

Got a night shift coming up? It can definitely be a daunting experience the first time you do it – so Mind the Medic gave us some tips on how to get through it: I started my set of nights very early, within a few weeks of F1. And though I wasn...

Returning to training after time taken off due to stress

There is no working environment as uniquely stressful as that as a hospital. Though it is well known the NHS as an institution is under strain, often many forget how that is shared by every employee within it. As morbidity increases but spending decl...

My life at Ada Health: Vishaal Virani

Consider yourself as a budding entrepreneur? Want to use your medical expertise to do something different? Look no further than Vishaal Virani. He’s someone who’s taken a less-than-conventional route through medicine and is now seeking to...

5 Reasons Why Doctors Choose Their Medical Specialties

Why do doctors tend to choose one career over another and how should you approach the subject? In 2017, the BMA conducted some qualitative research into the drivers of career choices and here are the top 5 factors driving specialty selection.   ...

Our Top Apps for Doctors in 2018

The inexorable rise of mobile apps and mHealth means there are now many medical apps out there designed to help doctors with their work. Through the power of smartphone technology we can have access reliable, up-to-date source of information at our f...

My life as a woman in surgery: Clare Marx

  A pioneer in her field, she broke boundaries never broken before. But beyond that, she was a leading orthopaedic surgeon in her field. This week we speak to Miss Clare Marx, former President of the Royal College of Surgeons and now with the FM...

My life as an Innovation Director: Tony Young

The NHS needs to constantly adapt and change to meet the ever-growing needs of the population. To that extent, we have with us Professor Tony Young, the youngest ever Director of Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University and also leader of the NHS Direc...

My life as a Medical Director: Peter Lees

Today… we hear from an up and coming area of medicine that more and more people are interested in: Medical Leadership and Management. We speak to the leader, and founder, Mr Peter Lees. A graduate of Manchester and Southampton Universities, Mr ...

My life as the Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics: Neena Modi

As we near the close of speciality applications, we’re interviewing key members in each speciality to help those who are still undecided! Today, we bring you the views of Professor Neena Modi, she balances her time as a Professor and Honorary C...

My life as a Medical Registrar: The Facebook Medical Registrar

This week our specialty guest interview features Facebook’s The Medical Registrar. The traditional ‘workhorse’ of  the hospital, we discussed the increasing pressures on medical registrars, the state of training and top tips for th...

What Are The Most Unpredictable Specialty Training Programmes?

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My life as a the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners: Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard

Today… rounding off our general practice week is, as promised, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard! The current chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.   She topped the listed of the most influential GPs in 2016 by Pulse magazine and is o...

My life as a GUM/HIV Specialist: Deborah Kirkham

Our specialty guest interview this week features Dr Deborah Kirkham. Deborah is an ST5 sexual health doctor in Manchester. Her specialism is GUM and HIV. She has completed 2 clinical fellowships including the National Medical Director’s CF last ye...

My life as a GP training in Sport and Exercise Medicine

Our specialty guest interview features Dr Patrick O’Halloran this week, a GP now training in sport and exercise medicine (SEM) in Birmingham. This interest has taken him across the world as a doctor in sporting competitions such as the Commonw...

My life as a specialty Anaesthetist: Dr Helgi Johannsson

This week Dr Helgi Johannsson is talking to us about Anaesthetics. A seasoned blogger on all things TGDed (trauma gas education) he is a consultant anaesthetist and clinical director for theatres, anaesthesia, pre-op assessment and pain at Imperi...

My life as a Paediatrician: Dr Kiel Shiels

Our specialty guest interview features Dr Keir Shiels this week, who is something of a household name after starring on the BBC 3 series Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands. After studying on Cambridge’s Graduate Medicine course he moved ...

My life as a Professor of Emergency Medicine

This week Professor Simon Carley is giving us an insight into the fast paced world of emergency medicine. A professor of EM in Manchester, an active EM consultant and an associate dean of HENW; Simons somehow also finds the time to be a leading voi...

My life as a Vascular/General Surgeon: Stella Vig

This week Ms Stella Vig is giving us her insights into training as a surgeon. With a reputation as one of the most demanding specialties, we are looking to de-myth the specialty and understand more about what it takes to be successful. Ms Vig is a...

The Best Training Programmes in London

For every doctor, choosing which specialty to do is one of the biggest, and hardest, decisions we make. Often this decision is based off hearsay, and snatched conversations from older peers, with very little evidence-based decision making in the proc...

My life as a GP: Ahmed Rashid

This week Ahmed Rashid is giving us an insight into GP training. Listed as the 6th most powerful GP in 2015 by Pulse magazine, (before he had even completed his training!) Ahmed combines academia with clinical work. Initially following a path into ca...

My life as an Intensive Care Registrar

This week The Intensive Care Registrar from Facebook is giving us an insight into training in ICM. With the introduction of single-specialty ICM training, entry into the specialty can now be made from both anaesthetists and medicine after core tra...