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Seven tips for a new job

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.070125 (Published 01 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:070125
  1. Algenes Alphius Aranha, senior house officer in elderly medicine1,
  2. Rachel Hooke, freelance medical journalist2
  1. 1Leeds General Infirmary
  2. 2Leicester

Algenes Alphius Aranha and Rachel Hooke give survival tips for before you start a new job as a junior doctor

We have collated action points for junior doctors to consider before beginning a new job-either in the same hospital (perhaps a different ward) or a new NHS trust.

It's the athlete's equivalent of psychological preparation and mental rehearsal before a race. Leil Lowndes, a renowned expert in communication, has written extensively on the subject.1 He describes an athlete who sustained a minor ankle injury a few weeks before an important race. The athlete did recover and participate, and even though he did not win he put in a good performance. Lowndes found out later that while resting when injured, this athlete was mentally rehearsing the entire race in his mind, which helped him on the big day.

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Although a new job may not feel as intimidating as your first day at school, there are seven discrete points to note that will get you mentally …

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