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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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We hear about locum doctors having to pay for parking, being called ‘only a locum’ and even earning £100,000 to work weekends, but I hope those considering locum work will not be put off.
Tags: locum doctors
As the patient left the room he spotted the biking gear hanging up on the back of the door. ‘Take care on the ride home,’ he said, as he left the room.
So, some people do notice things about me and my room in the 10 minutes or so that we have together.
The row over the declassification of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into the use of torture by the CIA has been making headlines since April, and yet there is still no clear indication as to when it will be made public.
Tags: torture, human rights, ethics and professional responsibility
‘Patients are strange about eyes’, says Gwyn Williams. ‘Other bodily organs don’t quite have the same impact.’
Tags: Real Doctors
Sian Falder was once told by a nurse: ‘You don’t look like a plastic surgeon.’
Like many registrars, I spend nights roaming the corridors of the hospital in search of patients, food or rest. Entering deserted offices, I have lost count of the lights and computers still on, left flickering many hours earlier by their owners. Every time I switch one off – and I admit I do it fairly indiscriminately – I feel good.
Tags: climate change
Why can doctors sometimes be reluctant to admit they have a health problem? Is it the fabled perfectionism, a concern about letting down patients and colleagues, or a higher threshold that leads them to ‘tough it out’?
Tags: IPCH 2014, doctors health
‘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
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