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When doctors make mistakes

Doctors make mistakes. No-one really likes to admit it or think about it or talk about it, but it happens all the time. We are imperfect people, working with other...
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Self-care when the doctor is the patient

It is well known that doctors generally make terrible patients. We self-diagnose, self-treat, delay getting help from an appropriately trained person who is not us, and when we do,...
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How do we deal with the challenges of being a doctor...

Doctors spend a long time training to be doctors. It takes at least 10-15 years to complete our training, which means we are usually in our thirties, at least,...
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Self-care – not just another doing, but a quality of being

There is a lot of talk about self-care these days and we tend to picture it as something that we would like to do to reward ourselves or relieve...

Fitting in – is it really worth it?

Have you ever considered how often you do things just to fit in, to go along with friends or family, even though you feel that fitting in is something...

Bullying – time to say “No means NO”

Bullying is the antithesis of compassion; a way to break others down, to humiliate them and to challenge their sense of their own self-worth and competence. How can this...

Dr: Do two little letters define you?

Have you ever stopped to consider who you are or what defines you?Is your self-worth or self-esteem wrapped up in those two little letters ‘Dr’? How would you feel if...
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Do we really need our doctors to be resilient?

When we think of the word ‘resilience’ it conjures up certain meanings, i.e. that no matter what is thrown at you, you can ‘handle it’. That you are tough...

Can the healthcare system become a compassionate workplace?

The idea of creating a “compassionate workplace” is currently popular and it is well worth us exploring in healthcare. The Huffington Post reporting on the subject recently cited a study...

Wounded healers

It’s a late Friday evening in New York and Dr Michael Myers is finishing up the paperwork for his last patient as he takes my call from Sydney. It’s...

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