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Welcome to the latest edition of MPS’s Junior Doctor magazine.

Medical school teaches you about pathology and patients, but doesn’t always teach you about the administrative duties required to manage those conditions and treat patients.

The first day on the wards, learning about systems and processes, can be a daunting time for junior doctors. Dr Lynelle Govender explains how you can prepare for the challenges ahead by getting to grips with the paper trail, communicating effectively with colleagues, and ensuring you practise with supervision where possible.

We also look at another administrative minefield: the J88 form and how to complete it accurately. Being a member of MPS offers many benefits, not least offering protection where state indemnity leaves off. Read our article to find out how you can make the most of your membership. 

As ever, do let us know if you have any feedback on this issue. If you’d like to write for us, or if you have a feature idea, please get in touch.

Dr Graham Howarth – Editor-in-chief,
MPS Head of Medical Services (Africa)

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