The Hands-on Guide for Junior Doctors, 3rd Edition
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
The Hands-on Guide for Junior Doctors is a practical book for
junior doctors and medical students making the transition from
medical school to life on the wards. It contains new material to
reflect the changes in PRHO training and the development of
This book tells you how to prepare for the actual daily rigours of hospital life and is an essential guide for surviving your first year as a junior doctor.
It covers the personal aspects of being a doctor, outlining the
realities of ward life including paperwork, self-care and guidance
sections on arranging your finances and organising the next
It also provides the day-to-day reality of clinical life such as responding to acute emergencies, common ward calls, drug prescribing and carrying out practical procedures.
2. Getting organized (the folder).
4. Accident and emergency.
5. Becoming a better doctor.
6. Cardiac arrests and crash calls.
7. Common calls.
8. Death and dying.
10. Handle with care.
11. Approach to the medical patient.
13. Practical procedures.
16. Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
17. General practice.
18. Self care.
Appendix A: Useful tests, numbers and other information.
Appendix B: Diagrams for explaining procedures to patients
Mike Stein is Project Director, Medic-to-Medic, Royal Free
James Teo is a prize-winning final year student at Royal Free Medical School, who will be commencing his first PRHO job in August 2004.
- New material reflects the changes in PRHO training and
development of foundation programmes
- Contains a second colour to present topic clearly
- Provides procedures and protocols for dealing with common and
- Outlines the realities of ward life including paperwork,
self-care and common ward calls
- Provides guidance sections on arranging your finances and organising the next job
"I would recommend this book to senior medical students and
doctors in their foundation years. it is an excellent small but
comprehensive text." Foundation Programme Director, Cheltenham
"The book provides incredibly useful and easy to follow advice
for a great majority of the day to day situations you will find
yourself in as a PRHO. It will prove a great help when getting to
grip with the job in the first few months, and well worth storing
in the locker for the morning after pay day party. Summary: Well
worth a butchers" Black Bag, Bristol University Medical School
"This book is one of the most useful things to have stashed in
your pocket for your shadowing period and F1 year so why not get it
now and have some use of it while you're a student?" Rectum,
Leeds Medical School Magazine
"This pocket handbook is not only a delight to look at with its
colourful cover, it is amazingly concise. It begins with an
explanation for the fresh faced F1 about what to wear from day one,
leading confidently through to practical procedures and common
calls. It collates the information about the practicalities of the
FY1 that one is expected to acquire from medical school in one
small book." QMM Magazine, Birmingham University
Pre publication reviews of the 3rd Edition
"The content within the book is extremely relevant...the Hands
on Guide continues to be a valuable resource for PRHO." SHO
Somerset & Taunton
"The text is very user friendly. Information is easy to find,
and extract. The illustrations are most informative, and the
chapters appear in a logical order and are well structured." SHO
Published Reviews of the 2nd Edition
"It is exactly what it says: a practical, no-nosense, hands-on
guide to real life as a PRHO. ….Basically, its all the
information we should have acquired during medical school but
rarely have all in one place as we place so much emphasis on book
learning and little on the practicalities of daily life as a PRHO."
Northwing, vol.67, no.2, Autumn/Winter 2002
Published Reviews of the 1st Edition
This book is as essential as the Oxford Handbook or the BNF, to put it mildly "the best thing since sliced bread" St. Thomas' Medical Gazette
"This wonderful book contains all you need to know to get
through your house jobs..... it has priority in my already laden
white coat over the Oxford Handbook." 2nd Opinion
"I'd advise everyone to get this book as an accompaniment to your Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine." Sphincter
"It is very well written, beautifully laid out and extremely practical." Dr Tony Hope, Director of Ethox, Institute of Health Sciences, Oxford
"This book is as essential as the Oxford Handbook or the BNF, to put it mildly 'the best thing since sliced bread'." St. Thomas' Medical Gazette
"Invaluable for HOs but more than useful for 5th year medical students and SHOs too!" Southampton Health Journal