We all love to watch experts at work, they make what they do look so effortless, and whilst it is certainly possible to learn from watching these people in action it is even better to have them explain exactly what, why and how they do what they do. Whether it is Queen explaining how Bohemian … Continue reading Teaching our Juniors to Think Like Experts
I have previously suggested that we might reduce the number of elderly patients admitted to hospital ‘because it is safer’ if we, as healthcare professionals, had to go through a consent process with the patient explaining the risks. Well, I’m suggesting a more radical approach now, elderly patients admitted in similar circumstances should now be … Continue reading Orange Jumpsuits
Once upon a time there was a small, unremarkable village that sat in the farthest reaches of a great kingdom. In this unremarkable village there lived a potter but unlike his village he was remarkable because he had an amazing gift. As potters do, he worked with clay to make plates or cups or any … Continue reading The Fairytale of the Potter
Honesty. Integrity. Truth. In a world which has moved from ‘being economical with the truth’ and using spin doctors to full blown ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are words like these old fashioned and outdated or, at best, naïve? Or do we, as medical professionals, jealously guard this principle of truthfulness, enforce it effectively and, … Continue reading Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.
‘Medical Students these days don’t seem to know anything!’ These are the words of despair, or variations on them, that I’ve heard said by senior colleagues both at work and on social media in the last few weeks. The root of their discontent was simply that, when asked a factual question that the senior doctor … Continue reading Why I Don’t Teach Medical Students Anymore
Having worked part time in Medical Education for the last couple of years, I have become more and more convinced of the need for clinicians to understand not just what we think but why we think what we do. Too often we concentrate on whether what we think is correct rather than asking ourselves how … Continue reading The Random Patient Generator
I plugged the HDMI cable in to his laptop and the desktop image appeared on the screen behind us. "Thanks. You know, we've actually met before.” I look puzzled and embarrassed at the same time, searching to recall the young man in front of me. “ It was way back, when I was an F1, … Continue reading Building Bubbles