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When I tell people where I trained I get mixed reactions. Some are impressed that I got to where I am; some find it genuinely interesting and ask me what it was like; and some look at me warily like I’m a walking, talking, ticking time bomb.
Tags: overseas doctors
As most of my colleagues geared up for the infamous black Wednesday, according to my rota that was my day off.
Tags: foundation programme
When I left medical school I wanted to be the best doctor I could be. I’m not sure that I thought it would be that difficult.
My friend who is about to get married says everyone asks her the same question — is she excited? As I count down the days before I start as a doctor, I can certainly relate.
Tags: medical students
It is rare that we are able to predict the future. We advise patients about likely prognosis and treatment options. Plans need to be adapted when the situation changes and patients can either deteriorate faster than expected or improve against the odds.
Tags: junior doctor, volunteering
It’s a classic pattern in life; just as soon as you become adjusted to a new environment’s challenging demands, the goalposts change and the threshold of expectation rises a little higher.
Tags: foundation programme, junior doctors
I arrived at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital in 1971, after a wretched sea crossing from Ireland, completely shattered, to be told I would be working the same night. We didn’t really do inductions in those days.
Tags: junior doctors, ophthalmology, healthcare rationing
I am a few weeks away from being a doctor and I have The Fear. It is causing me to reflect exactly what I’ve spent my time at med school doing.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
During a busy Saturday morning on the medical assessment unit, a daughter came up to me and asked how her mum was doing.
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.
Tags: junior doctors, junior doctors committee, medical education and training