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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.
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As a junior doctor, you sometimes find yourself in the uncomfortable position of making what feels like a somewhat dubious referral.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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‘Do you know if it’s banded?’ I asked my colleague, who had finally managed to secure that elusive registrar post. She was leaving in a few weeks and I was going to miss her. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘I don’t.’
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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.
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It’s five to eight, and freedom is in sight. Gritty eyes and crumpled hair. Two more patients to discuss and I am out of here.
I’m not sure why I notice the girl at first. She’s pale and sits uncomfortably slumped on the shoulder of a teenage boy. He looks frightened, burdened with this adult role.
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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.
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