The General Medical Council (GMC) sets standards of professional and ethical conduct that all doctors are required to follow. The core guidance that the GMC provides is outlined in the document “Good Medical Practice”.
The latest edition came into force in April 2013. It is the responsibility of every doctor to be familiar with Good Medical Practice and to follow the guidance it contains.
Professionalism in action
It is the view of the RCoA that professional attitudes and skills should be developed and practiced throughout your training. Specific professional competencies are embedded within clinical units and therefore will be assessed continuously via a range of assessment tools.
Professionalism and social media
Other elements of professionalism include:
How to get the most out of your training
Where do I find where I should be each day?
Where do I find my list?
What exactly am I supposed to do before I start my list?
Further information is available in the getting started section.
Why do I feel like a medical student again?
Make sure you:
Why do consultants do things so differently?
When you start your training, you will be exposed to many different techniques and schools of thought on how to manage similar situations. Many novices find this perceived inconsistency very frustrating. However, this also leads to many excellent learning opportunities, as you can always discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a particular technique.
It is essential that in your first few months of training you become familiar with the basic techniques of General Anaesthesia with the patient breathing spontaneously through an LMA or paralysed and ventilated through an endotracheal tube.
You can discuss these with your educational supervisor.
What should I do if I feel that I’m not progressing as well as the other novices?
Novices progress at different rates. You can voice your concerns or worries at the regular meetings you should be having with your Educational Supervisor. The College recognizes that it takes trainees between 3-6 months to complete the IAC and Basis of Anaesthetic Practice Training units.
Why do I feel so tired and sleepy all the time?
This feeling will pass once you establish a new routine and get used to your new environment. In the meanwhile, eat healthily, take regular exercise and make sure you get plenty of sleep.
Is the anaesthetic machine really as complex as it seems?
Make sure you understand the basics of how it works:
Some machines are electronic and conduct their own system test. However, you should always check that the patient circuit is patent, has no leaks and that there is suction available.
My anaesthetic assistant always checks the anaesthetic machine. Do I need to re-check it?
What is the role of the anaesthetic assistant?
They are a great source of help and information when you start. They know how theatres work and can tell you about the preferences of individual consultants. Don’t be offended if they question or challenge your choice of technique. They may be offering advice that others wouldn’t be doing it that way! This is a good time to stop and re-evaluate your plan.
Can I anaesthetise a patient without an anaesthetic assistant?
Can I ever leave an anaesthetised patient?