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Bruising and other physical injuries are the most obvious signs of domestic abuse and often the ones desperately hidden from view.
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At the age of 27, I went from seeing patients independently one day to being admitted to an acute psychiatric unit the next.
Tags: junior doctors, mental health
An overnight admission; hypoxic, septic and almost comatose. His learning disability and dementia meant no history, and the agency carer knew little about him, but the clinical signs were clear enough, as was his need for antibiotics.
Next morning the consultant disagreed.
Tags: junior doctors
What affects everybody in the UK at some point in their lives – by touching each person or their loved ones? The NHS, of course. So, it’s no real surprise that we see political parties making short term promises and targets to score points. As junior doctors, we see the impact of this first-hand.
Tags: No More Games, junior doctors
There is one year above all that inspires difficult, painful but also happy memories. Depending on their age, doctors talk about their time as a house officer, or a PRHO, or an F1, but they are talking about the same first year of working as a doctor - the intensely formative year between graduation and full registration with the GMC.
Tags: junior doctors, medical students
Fifteen trainees’ groups have expressed fundamental concerns about the Shape of Training review. They say it risks reducing quality by shortening the length of training, and lacks an evidence base. Academic trainees share these concerns but there are also specific implications for our training.
Tags: medical academics, junior doctors, medical education and training
I’ve moved to a new hospital, and another changeover day means another induction to attend. As a result of past experience, my expectations are not high. Maybe this time it will be different though. Perhaps today it will be eminently practical, useful and brief.
Tags: Secret Doctor, junior doctors, inductions
As a junior doctor, you sometimes find yourself in the uncomfortable position of making what feels like a somewhat dubious referral.
Tags: Secret Doctor, junior doctors, referrals
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.
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
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