Monthly Archives: April 2018

Evidence-based medicine: what is the evidence?

Medicine today prides itself on being evidence based, meaning that our practice is not random or whimsical, but scientific, based on treatments that have been tried and tested in...

Are we teaching medicine upside down?

In many ways, the way we teach medicine is inside out and upside down! We meet our first patients tucked up under white sheets wearing their pyjamas. We quickly...

“Physician, heal thyself” does not mean treat yourself

 “Physician, heal thyself” The Bible, Luke 4.23 (King James Version). We as doctors are fond of treating ourselves, citing the old proverb, “Physician, heal thyself” as our justification. But ‘heal thyself’...

Resilient Doctors – tough & strong or sensitive & caring?

‘Resilience’ is the latest buzz word and ‘must have’ training for doctors. The General Medical Council in the UK wants ‘emotional resilience’ training for medical students so that tomorrow’s...
Photo of pears by Marco Secchi for article by Dr Jane Barker on When things go pear-shaped – Self-care when the doctor is the patient

When things go pear shaped – Self-care when the doctor is...

Among the many urban myths about Medicine is the one that says doctors don’t get sick – we even believe it ourselves, we are infallible, we treat illness, we...
Photo of ambulance for article by Dr Anne Malatt on Dealing with the tension of being on call

Dealing with the tension of being on call

I always found it really stressful to be on call for emergencies, until I learned a different way to deal with the tension of being on call. Working ridiculous hours We...

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