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Taking part in the BBC show “Junior Doctors: Your life in their Hands” was an opportunity that I jumped at. Even after broadcast, I think I would still make the same decision, and sign up for the show all over again. Whilst the filming could be stressful and quite intrusive at times, by and large it was good fun, and the benefits of being able to see how I am with patients, how I interact with colleagues and even how patients perceive me far outweigh any inconvenience of the filming. Being constantly asked how I felt about cases, things I’d done, and what I wanted to do in the future made me reflect on medicine in a genuine way that ePortfolio never could. I think I probably even learned a few things about myself.
However, had I been an FY1 not an FY2, I’m not so sure I would have signed up. Being an FY1 is stressful enough, you don’t know what the jobs going to entail, whether you’re going to be any good at it, and even whether you’re going to enjoy it. The added terror of having a camera crew with me on those very first days would probably have been too much. I think it would probably be enough to make even the best doctors slip up, say things they don’t mean and do things that they wouldn’t usually do.
What do people think?
Is being filmed a stress that’s too much for a junior doctor to take, or should all junior doctors spend a couple of days being filmed to help them reflect on their practice?
If you’ve got any thoughts, or just want to ask questions about the show, then it’d be great to hear from you.