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

22 July 2017
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

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

'Fast bleep the doctor: How to survive your first on-call shift' aims to build your confidence as you approach your first night shift and provide a convenient overview of the most common calls you may see.

Starting your life as a newly-qualified doctor can be a daunting time, not least because of your first on-call shifts where you will make the first real leap from medical student to doctor. This event will provide you with top tips and advice on surviving those first on call shifts.

Programme highlights

Based on feedback from 2016, highlights will include:

  • managing a first on-call shift and the night shift
  • ways of managing common on-call encounters
  • how to deal with emergencies in sepsis, cardiology, gastroenterology and respiratory medicine
  • key concepts in managing delirium and patients at the end of life whilst on call
  • how to make the most of learning whilst on call.

The programme will comprise of:

  • case-based learning reflecting real life encounters
  • speakers, from foundation doctors with hands on experience, to engaged registrars and consultants
  • a broad range of essential topics for your first on call
  • invaluable practical tips and advice for managing on-call problems from personal experiences.

I gained advice from experienced clinicians relating to the pertinent tasks of a junior doctor not covered in medical school.

'Fast bleep the doctor' 2016 conference delegate

Who should attend?

  • Newly qualified doctors about to start their foundation post.
  • Foundation doctors looking for a convenient update.
  • Final year medical students already thinking about their first post.

RCP conferences

​The RCP runs a comprehensive programme of conferences on a wide range of topics, offering delegates:

  • cutting-edge clinical education
  • CPD credits, helping delegates to prepare for revalidation
  • opportunities to network
  • updated skills and knowledge.

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

Programme organiser: Dr Clement Lau, West Midlands Deanery

09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Jane Dacre, 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, University Hospital Lewisham

10.15 Top tips on Respiratory calls - Dr Manish Pagaria, Russells Hall Hospital

11.00 Coffee

Session 2

Chair: Dr Raj Tanday, King George Hospital

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

12:00 Gastroenterology problems on call - Dr Laura Hopkins, West Middlesex Hospital

12.45 Lunch

Session 3

Chair: Dr Clement Lau, West Midlands Deanery

13.30 The septic patient - Dr Arunraj Navaratnarajah, Hammersmith Hospital

14:00 Cardiology emergencies on call - Dr Ali Roomi, Princess Royal University Hospital

14:45 Diabetes and endocrine encounters - Dr Raj Tanday, King George Hospital

15.30 Tea

Session 4

Chair: Dr Raj Tanday, King George Hospital

15:45 Caring for the dying patient - Dr Ben Clark, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

16.30 An FY1 perspective and how to make the most of learning whilst on the job - Dr Christo Albor, King George Hospital

16:55 Closing remarks by the Chair

17.00 Close of conference