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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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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.
Tags: junior doctors, changeover, emergency medicine
Emergency departments are characterised by the sound of unanswered phones. Most have that modern warbling sound that gets under one’s skin and makes one want to throw the thing at the nearest wall.
Tags: emergency medicine, workload
The recent media coverage on the effects of winter pressures highlights public concern about people’s ability to access the NHS this winter. There is a fear that the NHS will not be able to deal with increased pressures in what is feared to be the ‘worst ever winter crisis’.
Tags: emergency medicine, general practice
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
I’ve always been keen to share information from our emergency department system with local groups to help inform their injury prevention and health promotion attempts. After all, if I don’t, they’ll just focus on what someone read in the latest Sunday magazine.
Emergency departments are over-stretched, and there is a recruitment crisis in higher training and consultant posts. There is one very good reason why these posts are underfilled. Of the 6,000 UK doctors completing foundation training every year, there are fewer than 200 posts available for core training in emergency medicine.
Tags: emergency medicine, postgraduate training
It’s February already so for emergency medicine that means ‘all change’. Just as the last lot of trainees were getting fed up with working every weekend, and had lost contact with life as they had known it, the music stops in the training version of musical chairs and a new batch is released.
Tags: emergency medicine, medical education and training
Tags: emergency medicine, junior doctors, medical education and training
Tags: emergency medicine, junior doctors, psychiatry
Tags: emergency medicine, continuing professional development
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