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People die. Sorry to start with the end, but the first time a patient died, I was devastated, and you need to know that it’s alright to feel like that, but that it’s also part of working in a hospital.
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Mentoring is often prescribed as a useful tool for women working towards leadership roles in medicine as it supports professional development, helps in goal-setting, networking and confidence building.
Tags: gender, medical academics, mentoring
I remember the day I was given my training number and was elated to secure a specialty training contract. It seemed like my future was secure.
Tags: CESR, medical education and training
With modern medicine advancing rapidly there is a terrible feeling of redundancy and futility when all that we have is not enough and the patient dies on the operating table.
The first such death I witnessed as an anaesthetic SHO will always remain with me.
Tags: junior doctors
I told them I wanted to work for brilliant, inspiring consultants. The job looked great – a high pass rate in the college membership exam, excellent teaching, and the medical rotation covered a wide range of specialties.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
I blamed it all on the dress.
I have had an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology for many years, so subsequently in my foundation year two I spent a week slaving over ‘white space’ questions and applied for specialty training. I approached the interviews enthusiastically, armed with presentations, prizes and a scattering of courses.
Tags: junior doctors, job interviews
As the patient’s husband opened the door, I was vomiting into the snow. Although only a six-mile taxi ride, I have never travelled well. ‘Born dead it was,’ said the man, who had waited for me to stand up.
Tags: home visits, obstetrics and gynaecology
The suicide of a comedian is perhaps more poignant, but no less tragic than any other. It is a sad indictment of current public attitudes to mental health that it takes the suicide of a celebrity to trigger national conversations about the complexity and severity of mental illness.
Tags: mental health, psychiatry, suicide
Tags: junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
The extent of the experience and knowledge gained by our trainees is becoming obvious. That's because they're all leaving, taking it with them. A whole new batch will be pushed into the frontline to join the trench warfare that emergency medicine has become.
Tags: junior doctors, changeover, emergency medicine
I had never seen an operation before. A third-year medical student, new to the wards, new to real patients. And now the surgical registrar had said we should come and watch him work. I was, of course, terrified.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, medical education and training
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