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Help! I'm a medic, get me out of here

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:040263

I am a preregistration house officer and recently changed from a medical to a surgical job. I don't think I could have even begun to contemplate the different, curious, and complex world I have now entered.

As a medical house officer you have no real conception of what a surgical house officer actually does. I rarely saw our surgical counterparts during the past six months. They were either in theatre, in the doctors' mess, in bed, or had already finished for the day just as I was starting.

After my surgical induction day, however, I started to find out what life was like on the other side. Our introductory spiel by the lead surgeon gave me some subtle clues as to what to expect. If I was ever seriously considering a career in surgery, I was instantly put off it forever by his “welcoming” …

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