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Maternity pay as a junior doctor

Written by Sophie Emesih.

Congratulations on your new arrival! Having a baby can be a wonderful yet stressful time, especially as a junior doctor rotating through different specialities, changing trusts and even moving to different parts of the country.

When JuniorDr’s Sophie Emesih became pregnant as a junior doctor she found it difficult and time consuming to find all the information she needed regarding maternity financial issues. We asked her to compile a list of the top things you need to know.

 

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Out of programme time

Written by Rayna Patel.

Whether it is for the experience of working abroad or to undertake additional research, an increasing number of doctors are deciding to take time out of training. Some feel a need for greater flexibility within their training programme while others use the time to gain a competitive edge in their chosen future career.

Although many may not have previously considered an out of programme (OoP) experience as an option there are a growing number of opportunities to suit a wide range of preferences. Rayna Patel looks at the possibilities.

 

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Advice on working overseas

Written by JuniorDr.

airplanes-globe-squareFor adventurous junior doctors there are plenty of opportunities to work overseas - from locum placements in the coastal towns of Australia to volunteering in remote villages in Africa.

One of the greatest benefits of being a doctor is that it gives you an easy passport to work around the world. Wherever you have been dreaming of escaping to we offer some advice to help you get there.

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Working part-time: a guide

Written by Emma Tyson and Ellie Galloway.

alarm-clockA growing number of junior doctors are investigating flexible working as a way of achieving a better work-life balance. In this issue foundation doctors Emma Tyson and Ellie Galloway discuss the process of applying for less than full time training (LTFT) after switching from full time to part time working and share their experience of a successful slot share.

As of April 2011 there were 3777 trainees working less than full time (LTFT) in the UK - 6.6% of the total number of doctors. Although 95% of these were women there were also a significant proportion of male doctors would also like to work LTFT in the future.

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Coping with illness as a junior doctor

Written by Rosie Puplett.

stethoscope-helpDoctors should be experts in illness but as a group we are notoriously bad at looking after our own health, says JuniorDr's Rosie Puplett. We often feel pressured into working even when we are unwell, either by other staff members or (more often) by ourselves.

This is becoming a bigger issue as the EWTD stretches medical teams to breaking point, and rates of sick leave are increasing amongst junior doctors - as recent research by the Royal College of Physicians has shown.

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Having a baby as a junior doctor

Written by Fareeha Amber Sadiq.

baby-faceExperiencing the pitter patter of tiny feet is a life changing, challenging and wonderful experience but how do you manage it if you are also a junior doctor?

JuniorDr's Fareeha Amber Sadiq, recently a new mother herself, invites you to consider some ideas and strategies for planning a family whilst coping with the practicalities of working as a junior doctor.

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