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How do I improve my time management skills?

BMJ: Published 9 September 2019

With a busy schedule, it’s important to make the most of your time during the working day. Abi Rimmer talks to four experts about how to do this successfully:

Laura-Jane Smith, Consultant in respiratory and internal medicine, King’s College London
Trevor Bibic, Learning and development consultant, the Careers Group, Brightbloom Training Ltd
Ellie Mein, Medical Defence Union (MDU) medic-legal adviser


We are holding a session at BMJ Live on Saturday 5 October at 15:40 on ‘Getting Things Done’. Trevor Bibic will be delivering this seminar and reviewing the ‘Getting Things Done’ methodology. Sign up free before 5.00 pm Thursday 3 October.

How can I polish my CV?

BMJ: Published 29 July 2019

Three experts share their excellent advice on how doctors can improve their CVs to help them get their next role:

Liz O’Riordan, Consultant Breast Surgeon
Sophia Bourne, Learning and Development Consultant, The BMA
Fizzah Ali, Neurology Registrar and Editor-in-chief of Medical Woman


If you need to learn more Sophia Bourne will be delivering a seminar “Writing an eye-catching CV” at BMJ Live on 4-5 October 2019 at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.

Key sessions not to miss include:

  • Writing an eye-catching CV
  • Interview skills for Junior Doctors
  • Understanding Medical Careers
  • Interview skills for Consultants

Trainees are unsure of where to get help with everyday work problems, survey finds

BMJ: Published 8 July 2019

A national survey of doctors in training has found that many are unsure of where to turn to for wellbeing and occupational health support. 

Charlie Massey, chief executive of the GMC, says “Doctors work long hours in highly pressured environments, and they need support. We are concerned about how work pressures impact on the mental health and wellbeing of doctors, which could ultimately impact patient care. We’ve commissioned a review, chaired by Denise Coia and Michael West, to tackle this important matter.”


If you are struggling with work-life balance, come and hear from some of our expert speakers about some techniques you can use to take back control. We’ll also be discussing workforce and wellbeing on a national scale with key figures from across the country.

Key sessions not to miss include:

  • Keynote: Wellbeing at work
  • 10 minute mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Finding inner strength in a stressful workplace
  • Getting things done

How not to get bored mid-career

BMJ: Published: 22 May 2019

For some, professional life begins when you reach their goal of becoming a consultant or GP partner. Even if you are part way through your training, taking on additional roles, from medical education to writing or charity work can provide a wealth of opportunities, both personally and professionally.

READ MORE from a range of mid-career doctors who have taken their role in a different direction, and enjoyed a range of benefits as a result.

If you’re interested in doing something different or want advice on where your medical career could take you, check out some of the content in our Broadening Horizons stream at BMJ Live. Key sessions include:

  • How to make big career decisions
  • Creating a portfolio career
  • The journey from new leader to NHS leader
  • Living and working in Nova Scotia, Canada

Negotiating your job plan as a consultant: understanding the basics

BMJ: Published: 13 May 2019

Consultants starting new jobs need clear guidance and a clear plan for their departmental job as a whole, says Alison Wright, vice president, UK and global membership, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. And, to help get a good outcome, she says an honest dialogue is crucial.


If you’re looking ahead to your next step, or have just started your first consultant role, come along to BMJ Live and get some expert advice on how to handle the transition. Key sessions include:

  • Interview skills for Consultants
  • Your first consultant role – what you need to know

More doctors are taking a break from training after foundation programme

BMJ Published: 27 February 2019

Less than 40% of doctors in training now move directly into specialty training after the foundation programme. The most popular reasons for taking a break include the desire for time out after years of intense work, the pressures of training, and the desire to gain additional experience that may be helpful to applications later in the career pathway.

READ MORE about this study from the UK Foundation Programme Office.

If you are considering taking a break from training, check out our free seminar programme and find out how you can shape a medical career on your own terms. Key sessions include:

  • Pursuing an FY3 year – what’s in it for you?
  • Pathway to Medical Practice in Manitoba, Canada
  • Living and Working in Nova Scotia, Canada
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