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When I was a medical student, I remember a junior doctor telling me that he often made spot diagnoses of people in the street. He just couldn't switch off from doctor mode.
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‘Could you just sign these for me, Flora?’ asks our lovely hardworking secretary. ‘Dr X is gone now and won’t be back for days.’ Fine, of course, but oh dear, what am I signing?
Tags: ethics and professional responsibility, general practice
Have you ever lost someone you love, faced a life-threatening illness or felt overwhelmed by the competing demands of home, exams or a busy clinical practice? I would imagine all of us have at some point. What makes such times bearable? The support of family and friends and sometimes compassionate colleagues or other professionals can ensure the difference between coping or not.
Tags: mental health, suicide
Tags: general practice, general practitioners, medical diagnosis
‘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.’
Tags: junior contract, junior doctors
Over lunch today I had a moan to a colleague.
Tags: foundation programme, on-call rotas
A new pandemic is sweeping through the healthcare system. I have named it Feedback Fatigue.
Tags: medical education and training
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.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training, medical diagnosis
GPs dread missing a cancer diagnosis. Patients can often present with vague symptoms, vaguely described, and some symptoms are too general to investigate at the outset.
Tags: general practice, medical diagnosis
I’ve just had the least fruitful hour of my career. I’ve been made to feel unwelcome, then insulted, then insignificant, then stupid, then irritated, then angry, then disbelieving. But it was nothing to do with a patient, it was my ‘enhanced’ appraisal.
Tags: appraisal, continuing professional development, CPD, revalidation
‘I don’t care about your pension,’ says my friend. She is self-employed and running her own small business. She takes something like minimum wage while paying her employees a decent salary. Her private pension pot has already taken a whack. Why should she care about mine?
Tags: pensions, junior doctors
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