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The First Time

14th June 2018

“Everyone remembers their first time.” I look sheepishly around at the rest of the students in our supervision group and pray that our clinical tutor isn’t going to go into any more detail. We all think he’s great, but, you know, there are limits. “Everyone remembers the first time that they suggest a diagnosis that…

No Doctors in the House

My favourite medical television show has always been Scrubs. Don’t get me wrong, the accuracy of the actual *medicine* is probably the worst of the bunch. It’s just that I’ve never felt any connection to the way doctors are portrayed in other shows, particularly ones like House. It’s physically impossible to be a successful physician…

The Teacher

Everyone has their favourite teacher: someone who inspired you to do the things that you do or to do them even better. Working in the medical profession is no different. And I certainly have mine. I’ll refer to him as Mr. M, in order to preserve at least some form of privacy, even though I’m…

Do No Harm

Do no harm. Such a simple idea. You see it everywhere. For example, with resuscitation. Every patient who is successfully resuscitated following a cardiac arrest is transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for some super-specialised medical wizardry: cooling them to prevent their body temperature from going above normal, getting a machine to do their breathing…

Withdrawing Junior Doctor Job Offers

12th June 2018

The news headlines recently, concerning junior doctors having their job offers as registrars withdrawn, have been shocking for the wider medical field and public alike. So what has happened? Why has it happened? And what does this mean for junior doctors and the wider employment market for doctors? Up to 1500 Junior Doctors Affected It…

Patient Doctors Part II

11th June 2018

In a response to our first piece on dealing with doctors when they are admitted as patients, another junior doctor shares their experiences with patient doctors. On Your Level It’s not often you encounter patients who are also doctors. From time to time, you come across relatives who are medical, and take a peek at…

Medic’s Bookshelf

8th June 2018

We all love a good read. Over the years I’ve enjoyed hearing the stories of other medics, some of their experiences I’m glad I’ll never have to go through and many, I have found, are universal to all who enter the medical profession. I have loved reading all the books in my Medic’s Bookshelf and…

Doctors’ Welfare

21st May 2018

From TMP Pro Editorial. For a profession focused on the welfare of others how do we fare ourselves? With intensely high standards, pressured demands, and patient-facing roles, doctors are under immense strain. The April edition of the Royal College of Physicians’ Commentary made for interesting reading in this regard. What’s more, the welfare of doctors…

Patient Doctors

From TMP Editorial and an anonymous and frequently-patronised ST3. Its always interesting when you look at a patient’s notes and see the prefix Dr before their name – or worse, Prof. – or worse yet, you don’t see it – and they’re the kind of person who make sure they point it out. Patient Doctors…

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