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During a busy Saturday morning on the medical assessment unit, a daughter came up to me and asked how her mum was doing.
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The first time I was called about the patient, she was nowhere to be found. It wasn’t that she had gone to the toilet, or to x-ray, or off to the front door for a smoke.
Tags: junior doctors
Tags: junior doctors, secondary care, hospital practitioners, doctor-patient relationships
The punter (as the nurse called him) had had a few drinks and fallen down some stairs.
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Doctors sometimes forget the impact we have on our patients' lives. As well as the life and death stuff, we also do things (we like to call this making interventions) that affect patients' own decisions about their health and, in the case of occupational health, things that can also affect their employment.
Tags: occupational health, patient confidentiality
Regardless of how many or how few opportunities present to improve your clinical practice, medical school is what you make it.
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‘You are very cruel.’
It's not the kind of patient feedback any doctor likes to receive. She was a 94-year-old female patient and possibly a little confused, and this was the sentence she wrote out for me as part of the mini mental state examination.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training, foundation programme year 1
‘If there is a doctor on board, could they make themselves known to the airline staff?’
These words must rank as some of the most unwelcome to a doctor, and my flight hadn’t left the runway when I heard them.
Tags: accident and emergency, junior doctors
After a particularly unpleasant and gruelling day on call, I found myself traipsing up and down the aisles of my local supermarket, idly hoping for some inspiration to jump into my basket. Chicken? Chorizo? Eggs? Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man holding a trolley with very straight arms and an unusually wide stance.
Tags: junior doctors, diabetes, anaesthetics, accident and emergency
Five years at dental school, one as a vocational dental trainee, and two as an associate in general dental practice. And still I was in no way prepared for the daunting challenge I was to face working as a maxfax SHO at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
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I have failed an exam for the first time, and it feels like the end of the world.
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