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The responsibility of our role as medical educators: Cows, coffee and...

I recently took part in a “rural taster”, an exercise in which medical educators and medical students spend time together in the country. Part of the role of the...

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...

Medical training is more stressful than the army

A recent systematic literature review of physician suicide confirmed that doctors now have the highest suicide rate of any profession and stated that: "It's very surprising that the suicide rate among...
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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...
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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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Being part of the ‘system’

We are all part of the ‘system’. In truth, we are part of several living systems, which form a complete and interconnected whole. As doctors, we have been trained to...
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First Do No Self-harm – The New “Physician’s Pledge”

Last week I met up with a newly graduated medical student whom I had mentored during his training. He had missed the award ceremony for his medical degree for...

When Things Go Pear-Shaped

When Things Go Pear-shaped - Self-care when the going gets toughSometimes in medicine, as in life, things don’t go according to plan – our sphere of life gets bent...
Medical Education Fragmenting

Medical education – stop fragmenting it further and restore it to...

THERE has recently been a move to bring medical education under a centralised umbrella.(1) With this comes a move to increase the powers of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration...

The Stresses of Being a Medical Student

We demand much of our medical students and junior doctors. We currently train them in an environment that is stressful – competitive, harsh and overwhelming for them at times....

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