Decisions decisions: To F3 or not to F3?
Posted on 27 June 2019
A study conducted by the BMA (British Medical Association) revealed that the top reason why F2 doctors decide to take a ‘gap year’ was to ‘travel for personal interest’.
I’m sure you’ve often heard fellow trainees express their desire to ‘get off the hamster wheel’ after F2. ‘Burning out’ has also been a popular phrase used in recent news.
Taking an F3 ‘gap year’ gives many doctors that well deserved break - Its an opportunity to gain breathing space, de-stress and allows time to really consider future career options before diving back into specialty training.
However, many also choose to do ad-hoc locum work and then travel throughout the year.
For an F3, locum work is great! It gives you real freedom to decide when, where, who, why and how to work! Can you think of any other job that is this flexible?!
“Did you know, if you locum for 12 weeks, you can relax on a beach in Bali, hit the surf in Australia, visit the gates of Mordor in New Zealand, motorbike through Central America and tackle the Great Wall of China? Well, you can"
As soon as you’ve made the decision to locum (best decision ever), contact us. With our streamlined compliance process, we could get you registered and compliant within a week.
But, the sooner we hear from you the better really. This means we can start looking into opportunities for you, ready for when you finish your F2.
Organisation is KEY. The quicker you have all the paperwork, the quicker you’ll be able to start saving - but don’t worry... we’ll guide you through the whole process!
4. What about revalidation?
All doctors on the GMC register with a license to practice need to go through revalidation. To do this, you’ll need to have yearly appraisals. These are managed by your designated body. When taking a gap year, your designated body will change and you’ll need to update it on the GMC website.
We can help with this!! Here at Holt, we have an in house revalidation team and a Responsible Officer. This means, you can attach yourselves to Holt and we can be your designated body, to help manage your annual appraisals.
5. Do I still have to pay for my GMC membership?
Photos featured in this blog have come from our F3 doctors that locum to fund their travels. Talk about a work-life balance!!