F3 Stories Podcast: Dr Omer Elhassan
Welcome to the F3 Stories Podcast by Messly. This podcast shares the adventures and wisdom of doctors who've taken an F3 Year and hopefully, can inspire you to create the F3 Year of your dreams.
In this episode, we speak to Dr Omer Elhassan who is currently working as an F5 doctor in Birmingham.
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🔎 About Omer
Omer is an F5 doctor currently working in ED. While following the traditional pathways of medical school and foundation training, he always felt that something was missing, as he wasn’t finding his chosen career as fulfilling as he had hoped.
When he started his F3 Year, he began to explore what it was that was missing by trying new experiences, testing ideas, and reaching out for mentorship and guidance. As a self-identifying ‘big-picture’ person, he thought that ward-based clinical medicine might have been the wrong route for him.
After 3 years out of training, Omer has finally found balance and a growing sense of fulfillment, as he continues to experience all that his medical career has to offer. By thinking outside the box and following his own path, he has curated a unique role that serves his higher purpose in an entirely unexpected and beautiful way.
✅ Topics discussed
In this episode, Omer explains how to follow your internal compass and forge your own unique path for a career that will fulfill and sustain you in the long term.
This episode also includes:
👉 Why Omer felt he had to leave the traditional treadmill of medical training.
👉 How Omer tested various ideas to learn more about himself and what he needed from a job.
👉 Tips for locuming in new and unfamiliar hospitals and specialties.
👉 Why Omer chose agency work over bank work in his F3 Year
👉 Advice on discovering and pursuing your passions, and giving yourself the grace and time to explore.
👉 Tips for preparing for your medical revalidation as a locum doctor.
🛠️ Useful links
👉 If you aren’t sure what you want to get out of your F3 Year, try working though our F3 Workbook which has guided exercises and tips to make the most of your time out of training.
👉 Learn about the various NHS leadership programmes available to you.
👉 Learn about the NHS clinical entrepreneurship programme here.
👉 Which would suit your lifestyle and professional goals better, Ad-hoc or long term locuming? Find out in this article.
👉 If you are nervous about starting work as a locum doctor at a new Trust, check out the tips and advice in this article.
👉 Get rapid answers to the most common locum FAQ’s in our Locum Academy.
👉 Build an amazing locum portfolio using the tips and templates in our Portfolio Companion, or get detailed portfolio and appraisal advice here.
👉 Find out how to get better learning opportunities as a locum doctor.
👉 Watch Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk on his Golden Circle Theory.
👉 Learn to code for free with Omer’s favorite courses and tools: Harvard’s CX50 course, The Odin Project, FreeCodeCamp, Codecadamy
👉 Brush up on your psychology skills and self-actualize, by reading about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
This article is part of a wider series of comprehensive guides and information to help doctors ensure their F3 year is a success. We cover everything from initial planning, options for moving abroad, help with finding work, and tips for making the most of the experience.
Click here to visit our F3 Resource Hub to explore the full list of guides and articles.
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