Before getting on the scales, I ask "Shoes on or off?"
This piece was also published in Australian Doctor. I'd never done the doctor in public thing. That's not true, I'd popped back a dislocated shoulder at the gym. I'd been waiting for a cardiac arrest on a long haul flight, but in fact it came one prosaic lunchtime Sunday. I was in Washington, D.C, and … Continue reading My first Good Samaritan moment, supporting cast: a large buttocked man and a bison burger
Last week a technical glitch during the RACP exam jeopardised years of study for junior physician trainees. You really have to have studied for years after and before work, around your family, your personal life and instead of having holidays, to understand how unbelievably crap the situation is, but there was a current of nastiness … Continue reading bad doctors
Setting: Betty returns from travelling South America, blithely planning to take up her medical career where she left off. She will do some revision, a few courses to update her skills and get a well-supervised job to ease back into practice before she decides on further specialty training. Great plan. Unfortunately, she reckons without the … Continue reading Betty vs. The State: a one act play in remembrance of recent reality
My first intern shift in emergency, the consultant smirked pleasantly at me. “Don’t be nervous” she said, “Just remember - the air goes in and out and the blood goes round and round.” That is only half true. That’s what happens if you are a senior. If you are an intern the referrals go in … Continue reading first night