Doctor who takes life at the double; NO REST FOR JUNIOR MEDIC AS LONG STINT ON WARDS IS FOLLOWED BY 100 DAYS A YEAR IN THE TERRITORIALS.Byline: Andy Hutson
FOR 60 or 70 hours a week Charles Johnson Charles Johnson may refer to:
DR Charles Johnson has taken time out from his hectic schedule to chat about his life on and away from the wards at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.
It takes only a matter of seconds to realise how busy life can get in the accident and emergency department.
But rather than taking it easy in his spare time, the 26-year-old senior house officer (SHO) devotes about 80 per cent of it to the TA at 202 Field Hospital in Birmingham.
As a TA captain general duties medical officer, he gives about 100 days a year to the organisation. He recently returned from an exercise setting up a large field hospital where "patients" were flown in by Chinook Chinook, indigenous people of North America
Chinook (shĭnk`, chĭ–), Native American tribe of the Penutian linguistic stock. helicopter and treated by the medics of 202 Field Hospital.
So, how does he manage to fit everything in?
Dr Johnson says: "You need personal flexibility and there is the discipline that you will not find in normal life - it's not for everybody.
"I joined as a fourth-year medical student and learned how to fit the TA around exams and training, but you need to be organised personally and it gives you an added incentive to do so.
"The problem, if there is one, is professional exams, so I carry books around wherever I am."
He joined the TA while studying at the University of Birmingham medical school The University of Birmingham Medical School is one of Britain's largest and oldest medical schools with a yearly undergraduate intake of 450 students. It is based at the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England. after deciding he wanted a new challenge.
He graduated in 2000 and has been at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital for a year, as part of the orthopaedic team offering trauma cover round the clock.
When he got the job in Coventry he moved back in with his parents at Stoneleigh Park, which helped him to combine his medical career with his TA activities by removing the stress of having to run a house as well.
Of his TA work he says: "I was looking for an alternative challenge and it's a nice crowd and it's enjoyable. I'm racking up about 100 days this year, which for an SHO is almost unheard of.
"I use about 80 per cent of my annual leave for the TA and I do enjoy it. I grew up the son of a regular officer so I knew the army quite well."
He is also a keen sportsman and competes in pentathlons.
In the future he wants to be a military surgeon, but in the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile he believes that his TA and NHS NHS
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service careers work well in tandem.
"As a doctor you have an opportunity to get in there and help someone and give them back their life," he says. "Your professional life helps other people's personal life, but the TA keeps me rounded.
"The training that the TA provides soldiers with has been exceptionally useful in providing me with the skills needed to cope with any unforeseen circumstances and stressful situations that often occur in my job.
"The TA has also taught me how to work with my colleagues and appreciate them in a professional capacity.
"It's a very symbiotic relationship symbiotic relationship (sim´bīot´ik),
n in implantology, that relationship assumed by an implant and the natural teeth to which it has been splinted. - the TA realises I'm primarily an NHS doctor and supports me in that role.
"I intend to stay in the TA to get up to command level - the senior level is colonel. If I wanted to go higher I would go full time, but for the time being I have the best of both worlds," Dr Johnson.
DOUBLE ROLE: Charles Johnson on junior doctor duties at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital (above) and (below) competing as a TA officer in the 2001 pentathlon pentathlon (pĕntăth`lən), composite athletic event. In ancient Greece it comprised leaping, foot racing, wrestling, discus throwing, and casting the javelin. in Toledo. Main picture: RICHARD NELMES; FRONT-LINE DUTIES: TA members at work in the field hospital unit