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truth’ and using spin doctors to full blown ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are words like these old fashioned and outdated or, at best, naïve?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
This post is a result of time spent thinking about how to make my presentations and teaching more engaging and more effective. If that sort of thing interests you, and why wouldn't it, head over to the P Cubed Presentations website run by Ross Fisher, that's what got me thinking. I'm very lucky that Ross … Continue reading An Analogy is a bit like…
“Hello, I’m John, the surgical F1. I’ve got a patient who is really unwell and I was wondering if you could help me?” “What do you think is wrong?” “I’m not really sure. Her blood pressure is low and she seems more confused but I don’t know why.” “Okay, I’ll be down shortly. Get her … Continue reading The Assistance Paradox
Okay, deep breath…time to come clean… I think resilience is important. There, I’ve said it. But wait, there's more! Not only do I think it is important, I think we should educate staff to understand what resilience is and help them to become as resilient as they can be. I think it just makes sense … Continue reading A Dirty Secret