Dear FY1s

Eat breakfast.

You are not expected to function on Day 1 of FY1 at the same level as the people who today were on Day 364 of FY1.

It is normal to want to giggle the first time you introduce yourself as a doctor.

Write everything down.

For at least the first month, you will be exhausted all the time and you will have sore feet all the time.

FY1s cannot live on chocolate alone.

You can’t fill in a DNACPR or an AWI or an Emergency Detention Certificate, even if your consultant asks you to.

There is no shame in needing a hug.

Your fellow FY1s are your allies, with whom you will mourn in times of tragedy and celebrate in triumph.

The learning curve is vertical. In a year’s time, you will look back on this day and you will not believe how far you came.

There are lots of people who will tell you that when you go home, you should turn it off and forget about it and not talk shop. And you probably should, as far as you can. But it is okay sometimes to need to talk shop. It is okay to need to tell someone about the awful day that you had or the awful week that you’re having. And if the choice is between calling work to check that that patient is okay or that that thing got done and not sleeping for worrying about it, it is okay to call work.

Do your best all the time, and then remember that that is all you can do.

It is not abnormal to cry after your first arrest, or after the first time you pronounce someone dead.

There are no stupid questions.

Take a deep breath, ABCDE, and phone your senior.

This is the best job in the world.

Enjoy it.

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