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The 10 DO'S And DONT'S For Clinical Attachment in UK

Author: plab2005, Posted on Wednesday, December 14 @ 22:40:01 IST by RxPG  

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Jobs in Uk are getting tougher. Clinical attachments are difficult to find. But when you do find a clinical attachment - How do you present yourself???


1.Be Nice

This just means be courteous, respectful, grateful, and take the time to show some interest in the patients and others working with you. This concept goes beyond being nice to just those who are overseeing you.

It is essential that you are sincerely nice to everybody, all the time, including the patients, other attachees, Sho’s, registrars, students, nurses, assistants, and anybody else you may encounter. When you are away, these people will talk to the person who will evaluate you, and any positive feedback from the staff will help you. Always be on your best behaviour cos everyone will be watching.

2. Be Punctual

Being on time shows interest and professionalism, both of which will get you positive feedback. To get even better feedback, try to be at least 15 minutes early. If you have a good reason for not making it on time, then call them and let them know.

3. Be Honest

It is so important to be honest. No one is perfect. You won’t be penalized for making a mistake but you will be surely create a negative impression if you lie. If you make a mistake, admit it.

4. Show Interest

Take interest when you do your attachment. Most physicians love it when somebody else shares their same passion for their specialty. Asking thoughtful questions will show your interest. Work as if you love being there.

5. Work Hard and Be Helpful

If you work hard it will set you apart from other attachees. Before you start talk to someone who has finished an attachment and find out what is expected from you. Ask the consultant about what they expect from you and do everything that is expected of you and beyond. Quickly observe anything that they are doing that you are able and legally allowed to do for them, and then do it.

If you are fortunate to see an interesting case, offer to write it up for publication. Show interest in doing an audit. Remember they are looking for people who will be helpful, work hard, and do not need to be told what to do.

6. Show your appreciation

Take the time to show your appreciation. Make sure you say thanks to everybody who has granted you a piece of their time – including the patients.

7. Be Teachable

If you listen and learn, in most instances you will be better because of it. Sometimes the Sho’s, registrar’s or nurses can be rude but try and learn what you can from them, do not take it personally, and bite your tongue when necessary.

8. Be Yourself

While trying to make a good impression, you may feel inclined to try to be the person that you think others want you to be. The problem is that you may not know what kind of person your mentor prefers to be around. So just be yourself.

9. Study

Study for about one hour every day. Find something you do not know very much about while working and look it up.

10. Dress Like a Professional

Dress like a physician. No matter what you are expected to wear, make sure you look presentable.


1. Don't Complain

Don’t show displeasure for working long hours, performing difficult tasks, and doing their work.

2. Don't "Bad Mouth" Others

Talking badly about others is unprofessional and impolite. You may never know who will hear or pass along your conversation.

3. Don't Ask Unnecessary Questions

Before you ask questions, make sure that they are well thought-out. It is best to research your questions yourself .Then, if you still have questions ask them. Most consultants will ask you questions. If you know the answer, tell them. If you do not know, tell them that you do not and will find the answer. Some will tell you the answer anyway, while others will make you work for the answer.

4. Don't Leave Early

Don’t leave early unless you have an extremely good reason, do not do it. It will make you appear less interested and possibly lazy.

5. Don’t Act Oversmart

Don’t act like you know it all. Answer only when asked. Show them that you are willing to learn and pick up skills. Be willing to unlearn things if not suitable for the British system.

6. Don't Hesitate to say you don’t know

You can get yourself into trouble fast by not following this tip. If you do not know how to do something or feel you need more training, let your consultant know they will be willing to teach you but don’t give wrong information to the patient.

7. Don't Be Confrontational

If a Consultant or nurse asks you to do something, do it. If you are corrected when wrong, thank that person. If you are told something you already know, say 'thank you' anyway. Even if you know you are right when others say you're wrong, it may be wise to just nod your head (unless it will cause the patient harm by being quiet). Always question in a tactful manner.

8. Don't Burn Bridges

If you do not think you like a particular field, continue to work hard, do not complain, and show interest regardless of your feelings. There is something fascinating in every field of medicine and you will find that there is a great deal of crossover between the different disciplines. Your consultant maybe impressed by your work that he may refer you to his friend in the speciality of your choice.

9. Don't Use Layman Language

Speak to your consultant using medical terminology. Remember, however, that you may need to use lay-man language for the majority of your patients. The language you use for different people is a delicate balance that you will need to find.

10. Don't Forget Yourself

We have all chosen to pursue medicine for our own personal reasons. Although the road to get there is difficult and may seem to consume the majority of our lives, do not let it take what is most important to you.

The road ahead to getting a job is a struggle but don’t show your frustrations to the people who mean a lot to you. Take some time to do things you enjoy, whether that be sports, shopping, hobbies, napping, or any other stress-relieving activities. Although your career will be an important piece of your life, do not let it be your whole life.

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