Choosing hospital medicine

When you graduate from medical school, you will be given the title of medical doctor. This title carries a status within society, and there is an expectation from the public about what you should be able to do – make a diagnosis and treat the sick. This is traditionally known as ‘doctoring’.

You will quickly recognize that there is a lot more that a medical graduate can do in addition to or apart from ‘doctoring’ while contributing to the care of patients within the hospital. This chapter aims to explore the options open to one as a hospital doctor.

Career pathways

The career pathways within hospital medicine have changed substantially over the last 10 years, and continue to change. The details may therefore be slightly different by the time you graduate. Following graduation, you will be required to undergo two years of foundation training (F1 and F2).

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