We know to our cost that doctors are not superhuman, and if the current epidemic of burnout, exhaustion, depression and suicide is to be dealt with, we all need to be treated as people in order to be able to care for ourselves and do our jobs and and provide the deep care that we all feel for people. … More Reform is needed for unaccredited registrars
Why do we as doctors, who care deeply about people, turn a blind eye when it comes to problems with alcohol, in ourselves and in our colleagues? … More Alcohol: why do we turn a blind eye?
Do all doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training? Medicine is a very stressful career, and we are exposed to a great deal of shock and trauma during the course of it. … More Do doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training?
Doctors aren’t supposed to have favourite patients. We are not supposed to feel anything, really… … More Doctors can learn about life from their patients
As doctors, we have a tendency to diagnose and treat ourselves when we become ill, which is understandable, but this can get us into awful trouble, and we cannot overstate the importance of having your own doctor, even when you are one. … More The importance of having your own doctor – even when you are one
I am a doctor and everything I know about food that is worth knowing, I learnt somewhere other than medical school. … More Food is medicine, so why do doctors know so little about food?
I used to think I was a clever person, but the way I lived my life when I was younger was not so clever, as I did not care for myself at all. … More Can we truly care for other people without caring for ourselves?
We as doctors are fond of treating ourselves, citing the old proverb, “Physician, heal thyself” as our justification. But ‘heal thyself’ does not mean treat yourself.
… More “Physician, heal thyself” does not mean treat yourself
Mandatory reporting does not make our doctors or our patients safer. Who then does it benefit? … More Mandatory Reporting: it’s part of the problem, not the answer
We must choose to care for ourselves and each other and to stand together as a whole body of practitioners when it comes to issues such as the fragmentation of medical education which threaten to destroy our profession and the way it is practised. … More Medical education – stop fragmenting it further and restore it to its true whole