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‘I want you to come with me,’ he said as he led me down the corridor to the crime scene. ‘I need to show you something.’ And then he added the ominous line: ‘for your education.’
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When my depression started it was the most physical event of my life, the sensation was like a sharp knife cleaving my brain in half and the feeling of being drained through the soles of my feet.
Tags: mental health, general practice
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
What’s your biggest fear when you’re speaking in front of an audience? When I ask doctors what they worry about most, their first response is usually getting asked a question they can’t answer. But their second is nearly always the fear of being boring. So how do you best engage an audience?
Tags: BMA Careers
Being a child and adolescent psychiatrist I thought that I was used to young people coming up with weird and wonderful ideas during the session, but I was mistaken.
Tags: doctor-patient relationship
'But I had made plans!' It was Monday morning in the second week of December and the middle graders were bemoaning the fact that they had just been informed they were working over Christmas.
Tags: junior doctors
This may be unpopular, but here goes. Patients, please stop giving us chocolates. No more sweets, no more mini-bites, no more boxes, tubs, tins, cartons or crates of sugary treats. It simply must end before it drags us all towards a glutinous morass of obesity and cardiovascular risk.
Tags: doctor-patient relationships, gifts
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
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.
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
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