, a new eight-part observational documentary series for the Nine Network, will follow seven first and second-year junior doctors as they leave their training behind to start work on the wards at John Hunter. They are all aged in their 20s and all will have someone’s life in their hands.
As newly qualified enthusiastic professionals, the juniors are stepping into something the public has an admiration for – being a doctor. We trust them with the lives of our children, our parents and our loved ones, yet underneath their scrubs our young doctors are still growing up themselves.
This inspiring series will show the difficulties they face juggling new responsibilities as well as the trials and tribulations of being a young doctor in one of the liveliest cities in Australia.
We will be with our junior doctors as they make their first diagnosis, perform their first emergency surgery, and face their first Saturday night in accident and emergency. Their patients and supervisors are important, however they are more of a backdrop. It is the group of young doctors we will get to know best.
There’s no honeymoon period for our young doctors, and on the wards from their first day the cameras will have unprecedented access to follow them through their shifts as they assess and treat patients. They are thrown in at the deep end with heart attacks, car accidents, binge drinkers, embarrassing procedures and difficult patients who look them in the eye and ask “How many times have you done this before?”
The doctors will wear radio-mikes and be shadowed by our cameras on day and night shifts. They will reflect on their decisions and state of mind, and their supervisors and nursing colleagues will give frank assessments of how they are handling the pressure of the job.
The seven doctors will be stationed in various areas of the hospital, including Accident and Emergency, and the Emergency Assessment Unit. John Hunter has the busiest emergency department in NSW, so these will be high patient turnover locations with the focus on our young doctors doing it right, and doing it fast.