What I know now

How possible it is to manage competing demands...

“It's a challenging programme, with various demands (clinical and academic) and you need to have or develop a talent in multi-tasking to get through it”

“My slight worries about how I was going to manage the competing demands of the programme would have been reassured if I had known just how understanding and supportive the programme staff are”

“I now really enjoy the autonomy given to manage my own workload and feel I have been lucky enough to have had good clinical supervisors who appreciate our competing demands and allow me to manage my time”

“The time goes really quickly; it's completely normal to feel de-skilled at times and even though it may not feel like it, we are developing our skills as clinicians”

Managing the personal challenges...

“There are times that it takes over your life, which I guess is important to know beforehand and be prepared for it. I think you need to be motivated and committed into this career to be able to do this programme”

“Typically, the cohorts include people with a variety of backgrounds, experiences (not always clinical!), ages etc. so don't worry about being too young, too old, too inexperienced in a certain area and so on ... have faith in yourself!”

“It can be personally challenging, as you are often reflecting on your own emotional reactions, mainly through your clinical work. On the other hand, the skills that you develop during these 3 years are just invaluable and totally worth it”

Finding a balance...

“There's definitely a balance to be found between the wish to get on a training programme quickly and getting enough experience beforehand. Core placements only last 6 months or less and if you want to make the most of them having previous experience is really useful so that you know what you would like to get from them”

“You do not have to give up your life for the sake of academic success. It is hard work but not impossible work”