What was it like transitioning from TI to a House Officer?
For me, the transition to becoming a House Officer was very daunting. I found that at first, I wasn’t even confident enough to prescribe simple medication without double or even triple checking. As you adapt over the first few weeks of working you start to gain more confidence and realise that it’s not all up to you – you should have good support from your team for any major decisions. STONZ as a union has a philosophy of encouraging the functional workings of a constant team which I believe enables us as House Officers undertake our job in an easier way and of course, a safer way for our patients. A good relationship with a team you know and communicate with well, will help to keep communication lines open and help you to escalate things as appropriate. I quickly learnt, if in doubt, just ask!
What do you love most about being an RMO so far? As a TI, it is really easy to become a passive learner and coast your way through Medicine. When I became a doctor, I really started to enjoy doing actual medicine, and making connections with clinical findings and applying that to how we manage patients. I love being able to learn more intricate details as to why more experienced doctors make certain decisions and why. I also love how supportive my teams have been, and also our peers and colleagues, as we all started our daunting PGY1 year – it pays to have a good crew.
As a TI, what is the one thing you wished someone had told you?
From a union perspective, the transition into becoming a doctor becomes stressful when you a thrust a contract and expected to know what everything means – especially when there are competing contracts and you have to weigh up which one is better or more suitable for you. I wished that in TI year, someone had sat down with us and gone through the working implications that some MECA clauses had on us, for example, RDO deductions on some contracts (not STONZ). I know a lot of my colleagues were not aware of these when they signed IEAs when we started. I would say its lucky that I joined STONZ, but really STONZ just aligns with my career/training goals, and it was an informed decision. I would recommend going through whichever contract you choose with someone who has worked for a while and getting some insight to these.
Why did you decide to join STONZ?
I joined STONZ as their values supported team structure, patient safety and training support for whatever career you choose.