Looking after yourself as a junior doctor

Starting a career as a junior doctor is a very exciting step. Dr Jemma Hogan, Medical Administration Registrar, provides some of the tips she gives to junior doctors commencing their training at our hospital.

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In the fast-paced hospital environment, it is important to look after your health, as well as that of our patients.

It is essential that you take care of your personal wellbeing to ensure you enjoy a long and sustainable career. 

As you get settled in your role, remember these key tips to help you thrive in your new career:

  1. Prioritise your personal care at work. If you need to eat something or use the bathroom, take the time you need to do this. You will usually find that the short five to ten minute break makes you much more efficient during your workday.
  2. If you are unwell, take time off. It might sound obvious, but is important you don’t work when you’re sick. It’s better for you and your patients you take the time off to recover and recoup.   
  3. Look after each other. No matter how busy or tired you may feel, it is important to look after each other and to take the time to treat those around you with kindness, compassion and respect. This includes people across all roles and areas.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you need professional or personal advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to a senior member or colleague to ask for their help or feedback. When you work closely with others, you build close relationships and people around you will care about you and want to see you succeed in all areas of your life.

Junior medical roles

As a leading health care provider in Western Australia, we offer a variety of employment and training opportunities for junior doctors across our hospitals.

Dr Jemma Hogan Medical Administration Registrar

About the Author

Dr Jemma Hogan is the Medical Administration Registrar at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and supports junior doctors as part of her role. She is currently undertaking specialist training through the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and is a Postgraduate Medical Council of WA State Co-Chair for Doctors in Training.

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