1st Edition

The Junior Medical Officer's Guide to the Hospital Universe A Survival Manual

By John Shi Copyright 2023
    322 Pages
    by CRC Press

    322 Pages
    by CRC Press

    "something special, out-of-the-ordinary … I wish I had had a manual like this one at that stage of my career. I would have found the multitude of templates and lists a godsend … an accessible, entertaining work about ‘life in medicine’."

    Professor David Bennett AO, Adolescent Health Physician, Developmental Paediatrics, Sydney, Australia

    "As a doctor who has recently completed her internship, on reflection, there are so many things I wish I knew before starting. The author has done an exceptional job in providing a great summary of advice to assist JMOs survive their first years in the hospital which is very relevant to their day-to-day work. The writing style is relatable and makes for an easy-to-read book which is also comical at times." 

    Dr Mitsi Blazos, Basic Physician Trainee, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

    The JMO Years… Insane Hours. Endless patients. Mountains of paperwork. Inexorable pressure. Interminable years of training. No life outside work. How will you get the job done well? How will you survive?

    Look no further. This is the essential guide to the real life of and in the hospital. Providing invaluable guidance throughout, with this book as your companion you will be able to clear those discharges, get those consults, survive after hours, get your work-life balance in order and, ultimately, be the doctor you really want to be.

    Addressing every facet of the JMO’s true role, the book enables and supports junior doctors and medical students to thrive in their new position within the hospital system, aiding the streamlined completion of administration, maximising efficiency with no compromise in accuracy, all with the final objective of ensuring the best possible outcome for patients while maintaining the health, function and happiness of the health care provider.

    1. Introduction. 2. Before the Term. 3. The Term: Life Rounds. 4. The Term: IT. 5. The Term: Organisation. 6. The Term: Human Relations. 7. End of the Term. 8. After Hours. 9. COVID-19. 10. Money Matters. 11. To Conclude.


    John Shi is a Trainee Doctor who has both studied to be, and trained as, a doctor in a range of medical settings in New South Wales, Australia, including in public hospitals ranging from primary to quaternary centres as well as private general practice clinics. Dr Shi has also held teaching positions with multiple universities and has been recognised with teaching awards.

    “a valuable compass for successfully navigating working in a hospital and surviving as a junior medical officer... it’s an easy and interesting read as the language is authentic and real... Each chapter is a treasure trove of insights, covering everything from the art of effective communication with patients, families and colleagues to tips for managing ward rounds and keeping up with discharge summaries... It makes a great graduation gift for medical students and I strongly recommend it to all overseas trained doctors entering the workforce in an Australian hospital.” - Kay Dunkley, Doctor Wellbeing Consultant for Australian Medical Association Victoria Branch, for VicDoc