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Saleyha Ahsan (pictured) travelled to Syria with the charity Hand in Hand for Syria. She talks about her experience based in a hospital in the north of the country, working alongside doctors being filmed for the BBC Panorama documentary, Saving Syria’s Children.
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I am 22 and single. I have no aspirations to be a mother anytime soon. Washing, feeding and clothing myself seems enough of a challenge at times, let alone having that responsibility for another person. But the age at which people are planning to have children is something that is discussed. Most medical students I know, like me, like to plan ahead.
Tags: working parents, paternity, maternity, maternity leave
We all hanker for our next holiday. Some plan and book their holidays a year in advance, and power through those relentless working weeks knowing that their time off is locked firmly in place. They work towards it, ticking off the days on an advent calendar.
The squabbles and stress that the annual holiday meeting creates for partners with school-aged children is unreal. However, this is nothing compared to the dreaded maternity-leave factor.
Tags: general practice, maternity leave
Tags: emergency care, working abroad
Clunk, as I switch the computer on. Wait. Wait a bit more. Name dot surname. It never remembers me. Password-number combination. A memorable word followed by an ever increasing number. Up to sixteen now, or is it seventeen?
Tags: NHS information technology
The BMA gives away £500,000 of research grants every year, which is made possible by money left as legacies to the association, often from doctors’ wills. Applications will soon open for the next funding round.
London clinical research fellow Rossa Brugha (pictured) was one of last year’s recipients. He won an award from the James Trust, which funds research into asthma. Here he tells how the funding helped his work.
Tags: BMA research grants
Putting the clocks back used to mark a season of anxiety in emergency medicine. The darker mornings and evenings meant that children walking to and from school became potential prey for careless drivers too busy texting their mates or adjusting their make-up to notice them.
Tags: emergency medicine
When my initial appraisal was unsubmitted as ‘insufficient for revalidation’ I was gutted. Writing about my experience for the BMA was both cathartic and rewarding. I was relieved to know that I was not alone in finding the whole process frustrating and grateful for all the useful advice I received.
I recently had a brief exchange of opinions with a vascular surgeon about the fact that saving lives has the same merit as extending lives. The former tends to be associated with surgeons and the latter with physicians and public health. It made me wonder how many lives I had saved and how many lives I have extended.
Tags: general practice
As junior doctors, we are often exposed to the familiar, conventional general hospital ward. This is a place where patients are usually in beds lined along a bay. There is a nursing station, staff dressed in uniform, you can stroll freely on and off the ward, as can patients and relatives within visiting hours.
Now let me take you to the inpatient psychiatry wards.
It takes the patient some time to speak after sitting down and, miraculously, I manage not to interrogate her. She is shaking, close to tears. ‘It’s so embarrassing — I feel so stupid.’
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