Fast bleep the doctor: how to survive your first on-call shift

When and where

23 July 2016
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

Fast bleep the doctor: how to survive your first on-call shift

Starting life as a newly qualified doctor can be a daunting time, not least because of your initial on-call shifts where you’ll make the first real leap from medical student to doctor. This event provides an overview of the most common calls you may see and aims to build your confidence as you approach your first night shifts.

Due to popular demand this event is now a full day and, with the content in more detail, will help you to get even more from the programme. It will also feature a dedicated Q&A session where you can pose your questions to experienced trainees and consultants.

Aimed at newly qualified doctors about to start their first foundation post, the programme will provide practical tips and advice on:

  • handling your first on-call shift – IV fluids, prescribing and handovers
  • common on-call encounters
  • dealing with cardiology calls
  • managing respiratory emergencies
  • elderly care – delirium and stroke
  • caring for the dying patient
  • surviving the night shift
  • how to make the most of learning while on call.

I really enjoyed the event as it gave me more insight on medical practice.

Dr Dola Olaleye, FY2


Presentations featured at this event can be downloaded below.



Programme organiser: Dr Clement Lau

09.00        Registration and coffee

09.30         Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Margaret Johnson, academic vice president, Royal College of Physicians

Session 1
Chair: Dr Clement Lau, West Midlands Deanery

09.35         Tops tips for surviving your first on call - Dr Maleeha Rizvi, core medical trainee 2, Northwick Park Hospital

10.15         Top tips on respiratory calls - Dr Manish Pagaria, consultant respiratory physician, Russell’s Hall Hospital

11.00        Coffee

Session 2
Chair: Dr Raj Tanday, King George Hospital

11.15        The septic patient - Dr Arunraj Navaratnarajah, renal registrar, Hammersmith Hospital

11:45        Gastroenterology problems on call - Dr Laura Hopkins, gastroenterology registrar and teaching fellow, West Middlesex Hospital

12.30        Lunch


Session 3
Chair: Dr Clement Lau, West Midlands Deanery

13.15      Diabetes and endocrine encounters - Dr Raj Tanday, consultant endocrinologist, King George Hospital

14.00      Dealing with elderly care on call - Dr Colin Mitchell, consultant geriatrician, St Mary’s Hospital 

14:45      Caring for the dying patient - Dr Ben Clark, palliative care consultant, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

15.30        Tea

Session 4
Chair: Dr Raj Tanday, King George Hospital

15:45     Cardiology emergencies on call - Dr Ali Roomi, cardiology registrar, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

16.30     An FY1 perspective and how to make the most of learning whilst on call - Dr Harpreet Sekhon, FY1 doctor, Queens Hospital

16:55     Closing remarks by the chair

17.00     Close of conference