4.0: Skills Deficits in the working life

4.5: Leaps from theory to practice (transitions)

This examines the transitioning from the university to the workplace

“Like you learn all the theory but you don’t know how to put that into practice.”

(Interview 6, Female, mid-twenties)

4.6:Clerkships and whether they help with competence/transitions

Clerkships are period on training that is “hands on” in the workplace environment and takes place when the junior doctor is a university student

“When you came on board, agh, it was like you were a kind of hindrance to the team, your kind of causing them delays, asking them questions and stuff.”

(Interview 3, Male, mid-twenties)

5.0: Personal Factors in preparedness for work

5.1: Attitude to work as a student and how it impacts on preparedness for work

This explores attitudes

“(Final Med) I think you are better off to focus on learning the medicine.”

(Interview 10, Female, mid-twenties)

5.2: The skills in developing/using networks for help

Networks are webs of people in whom the student/junior doctor feels socially accepted

“It would be way more daunting, I think it really helps if you have somebody who is going to, you know, give you a hand or give you a heads up.”

(Interview 6, Female, mid-twenties)

5.3: Personality and preparedness

This explores the personality of students/junior doctors

“I Think there’s a mix of interpersonal skills needed (being an intern/doctor) ... initiative and personal responsibility, and I think those kind of factors are not really taught in medical school at all.”

(Interview 8, Female, mid-twenties)

5.4: The approach taken to challenges when transitioning from student to doctor

This explores how new experiences or chances to “step-up” are viewed by junior doctors

“I wouldn’t call it overwhelming, but it (the workload) does feel like a lot to do just from a sheer volume point of view, so how can you improve on that ..., it’s just you adapt and you improve.”

(Interview 1, Male, mid-twenties)