There is a huge difference in the way different registrars treat F1s. There are some absolutely brilliant regs who are patient with us when we don't know all of the answers and even take the time to teach us about what we could have done differently when they come to review our patients. This usually earns them the prefix "lovely" before their names when we discuss them between ourselves.
There are also some absolute bastards of regs. I had to deal with one of them today when I wanted to make a referral to another team. I've started a new specialty today so I don't really know the patients but the SHO asked me to refer one of them to respiratory. I spent about 20mins reading the patient's notes, looking up the results of their investigations and checking their obs chart etc so I would know what to say when I called. The patient had pneumonia, they had been started on IV antibiotics and had started to improve.
Thinking I had a reasonable handle on the case I bleeped the respiratory reg and asked if I could make a referral to him. His reply was "well to start with, no you can't make a referral to me, you can only ask my advice and I'll decide whether to see the patient or not" - ok, I thought that was pretty much the same thing but never mind. I then asked very politely whether in that case I could ask his advice about a patient. He then asked where my registrar was and why they weren't calling him. I explained that there are no registrars in this specialty, only me and an SHO who was busy. After a lot of sighing and tutting he agreed to listen to the case.
I actually summarised the case pretty well since I'd prepared myself and could answer all of his questions quickly but as soon as I had finished he started going on and on about how this person didn't need to be referred to respiratory and could be managed by my own consultant. He was annoyed that I had called him when I was only an F1 and seemed to be under the impression that the referral had been entirely my idea (when does that EVER happen?).
It's so annoying because I don't know how the hell medicine works. This is my first day. I can only assume that if one of my seniors asks me to make a referral then this is the right thing to do. I don't know that arsey respiratory regs will only accept referrals from other regs or that not all people with pneumonia are referred to respiratory. When I explained that it was my first day and I was just doing what I had been asked to, his response was "That's not good enough. You're wasting my time". Thanks for the understanding.
Anyway... what a pompous wanker. There is absolutely no need to be so rude. I bet he's either short or ugly. Probably both.
I want to go back to surgery :(