The reason I started writing this blog was to be open about my own struggles with the stresses of working in Emergency Medicine. By writing about my experience of burnout and recovery I hoped to make those who were struggling feel less alone, to help their colleagues understand a little better what they might be … Continue reading A Bump in the Road
So, this Sunday I am running the London Marathon and whilst many of my fellow runners will be doing so to raise money for charity I'm not asking for that. Instead, particularly in you work in healthcare, if you feel you want to contribute something in recognition of my effort, I'd ask that you consider … Continue reading Please, Don’t Sponsor Me…
Have you heard the FemInEM podcasts yet? Perhaps you've decided that as it stands for 'Females Working in Emergency Medicine' and you are a male there isn't anything in there for you. Well, I'm a male doctor and I listen to it, so here are five reason why I think you should listen too. … Continue reading Five Reasons Male Doctors Should Listen to the FemInEM Podcasts
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truth’ and using spin doctors to full blown ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are words like these old fashioned and outdated or, at best, naïve?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.