Monthly Archives: August 2017

Bee on lavender symbolising the practise of medicine photo by Alan Johnston

Why do we say that we practise medicine?

When we talk about being doctors, we don’t say that we do medicine or that we are medicine; we say that we practise medicine. What do we mean by...
Ten Steps to Self-Care for doctors

Ten Steps to Self-Care

We hear a lot about self-care these days and think it is probably something we ought to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7I58U-YXdI We think it has to do with diet, exercise and rest, with...
burning wood, symbolising burnout

Burnout – Care Factor, Zero

What is burnout? In the world of cars, a burnout is the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, causing the tires to heat up and smoke...
Doctor Anne Malatt

Doctors can learn about life from their patients

Doctors aren’t supposed to have favourite patients. We are not supposed to feel anything, really. We are supposed to be objective, dispassionate, and to not favour anyone over any other,...
Dr Jane Barker caring for a patient

Compliance – should we look at it in a different way?

As medical knowledge expands exponentially, it becomes increasingly apparent how little we actually know about the miracle that is the human body. In medical school we are taught by a...
A doorway into a truer way of being

Learning to listen to our bodies

We can learn a lot about ourselves, and life, and how the way we choose to live affects us, if we listen to our bodies. Our bodies are always speaking...
Doctor Anne Malatt

What does a doctor look like?

An article published in 2016 recounted the stories of several female doctors who had offered in-flight assistance to distressed passengers in response to the call for help, and who...
Medical Training Should Come With A Health Warning

Medical training should come with a health warning

When I started my medical training, I was an innocent, fresh faced, healthy young woman, full of life and enthusiasm. I came out the other end of the process overweight,...
Bullying In Medicine

Bullying – Alive and Well in Medicine

In 2015 Dr. Gabriele McMullin, a vascular surgeon, went public with stories of the bullying she had experienced as a surgical trainee, and bullying that is still being experienced...

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