We’re A Team

Nearly done with my rotation on cardiology.

I have to say this has been my most favourite rotation so far. The hours have been long but the consultants have been fabulous and the work has been so interesting.

But the best part of this rotation is my amazing registrar.

Dr. Bradley is the most senior registrar at my hospital at the moment. He is currently the Chief resident.  9 years of experience on him, he is hilariously sarcastic, the best at being a cardiology registrar, and the most supportive colleague I have EVER had.

Without word of a lie, every other registrar I’ve seen or worked with has left me to finish the jobs and gone home at the end of the day in EVERY rotation I’ve ever had. And this hasn’t really bothered me much. Until the bar was raised.

Even if it’s 6:30pm and we’re tired and barely chugging through, and I’ve told him he should go home, Dr. Bradley says “We’re a team! I’m not leaving you behind!” and proceeds to stay there and wait until I’ve finished any remaining jobs and helps me with anything that needs doing.

The amount of difference that makes to the work experience is amazing. It made me want to work harder and be more efficient. Made coming to work that much better.

He even invests a lot in my learning. Teaching me how to do DC cardioversions, Treadmill tests and ward cardiology reviews by myself (reviewing patients referred by other teams to cardiology. This is usually a registrar job) and present to our consultants. He stands next to me and backs me up if the consultant asks something I don’t know. If any consultant or anyone at all tries to undermine me, he tells them I’m a future cardiology registrar and I can handle anything.

Having a senior colleague like that is so important. All of my previous registrars have been good and reasonable enough to work with. But none of them have really given me the responsibilities and support and trust that Dr. Bradley has. He makes my role seem very important to the team, even though I’m just a first year house officer and the bottom of the ladder compared to him and the rest of the team.

That’s what I will miss most about cardiology and why I’m so sad to move on to general surgery.

But I am so incredibly grateful to have met Dr. Bradley and have a role model that I aspire to be when I become a registrar.

Days Like This

There are good days and there are bad days.

But when you’re driving home tired and low and you can see a sunset like this through the car window on your left

And the rising full moon on your right,

It makes you feel as though the world is reminding you that there’s always something to feel good about.

And tomorrow is a brand new day.

That One PersonĀ 

You’ll meet all sorts of people where you work. There are people who act like you don’t exist, there are people who wear a permanent crown on their heads, there are people who pretend to be nice but aren’t really. And there are people who don’t even pretend. 

But every so often, you’ll meet someone who does care. Someone who actually takes an interest, makes you feel important and has an enthusiasm that is infectious. 

That one person will make all that other stuff unimportant. And they’ll actually make you enjoy what you’re doing. 

And I am so grateful.