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A student experience of the RSM Winter Conference 2018

Bleary eyed and not quite so bushy tailed, I dragged myself and my suitcase off to my first international conference. As a medical student most of my life involves desperately trying to avoid the ego-destroying questions that are all too frequent from consultants. Now, however, …

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High Court rules Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s name be erased from medical register

In a highly unusual decision, the General Medical Council (GMC) has brought a ruling from its own tribunal to the High Court to appeal its decision not to strike off a trainee doctor from its register.
In June 2017, the GMC’s Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service ruled …

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Addressing trans people…

For healthcare professionals who have not treated trans people before, how to address them can be a worry. But it does not need to be this way and needn’t involve big changes to your practice.
I probably don’t need to say this, but treat a …

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Coping with the emotional trauma associated with surgical complications

Many years ago Rene Leriche wrote: “Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray – a place of bitterness and regret, where he must look for an explanation for his failures”.
Complications, which can occasionally be fatal, …

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Should there be choice at the end of life?

Recently there has been a cultural shift away from medical paternalism and towards the empowerment of patients to make decisions about their own care. Nowhere is this change more pertinent than at the end of life. More importance is therefore being placed on the requirement …

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One punch can kill

At the time of writing, the Festive Season is very much upon us. With all the joy that it brings, also comes more revelry and, sadly, the darker side of more alcohol-related violence. It was with this in mind that Dorset Police recently asked me …

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What is privilege in urology?

Answer: it is sitting at the feet of a famous, much admired senior colleague and absorbing his or her wisdom and hanging onto every word. Some of us had such a privilege in the late 1960s when we attended the ward rounds and radiological sessions …

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Men’s mental health: coming out of the closet?

The excess burden of suicide on men is well-known but other important male mental health problems have received far less and far too little attention. These include body image disorders, post-natal depression and the psychological impact of child sexual abuse. Mental health problems in men …

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1000 GPs quit the NHS in the past year

Recent reports confirm that the NHS has lost the equivalent of 1,000 full-time GPs in the past year as workload pressures and funding shortfalls increasingly demoralise doctors.
The figures – which undermine a pledge from Jeremy Hunt to recruit an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 – …

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Still down under

I have now exchanged the hot east coast of Australia (see my previous blog here) for the not so hot south coast of New Zealand’s South Island. My home for the next few weeks is the University of Otago, centrally located in the city of …

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