Doctor dies after working 18 hours

In response to this story about the late Dr Zhao Bianxiang: Maintaining systems where the well-being of the many is built off the exploitation of the few is not new. We’ve been doing this throughout history in every culture around the world…just as we are still doing in the NHS. The question is: what are […]

Medics being shot in Sudan

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” – Edmund Burke Medics in Sudan are being shot, simply for being Medics. Simply because they possess the potential to take a stand against oppressive leadership and speak out against unjust legislation. Simply because they are willing and able […]

Human empathy and sex robots

Part of a debate happening in the Junior Doctor’s Contract group about human empathy and AI. Here’s something I shared that I hope will be of value (particularly the last 3 paragraphs) *** Doctor’s comment: there will be a place for AI but it will never fully make human drs redundant. Ultimately decisions regarding best […]

Jeff Bezos’ Guide To Quitting Medicine

Image: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. — Bronnie Ware, Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying When it comes to the decision to quit Medicine…it is going to hurt a lot. This isn’t going to be a “sharp scratch”. The moment you […]

10 Famous Exit Strategies From Medical School

Start with the end in mind – Stephen Covey, 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Whether you’re robbing a bank, starting a business, or going to medical school, you need to be able to answer one question: What’s your exit strategy? As in, your “pre-planned means of extricating yourself from a situation that is likely […]

Einstein’s Insanely Simple Guide To Fixing The NHS

The NHS is in trouble. How much trouble? Well…how long is a piece of string? At a micro level, you’ve got the frustration of Medics who are overworked, inadequately supported, and silently struggling with depression and suicide. And at a macro level, you’ve got the usual suspects of: hospital closures, huge waiting times, poor allocation […]

Will I regret not trying this?

Whether you’re in medical school, on the wards or in a different context…live life in a way you won’t regret when you’re 80.Don’t let your context determine your choices.Let your choices transform your context.It’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts.Make sure you finish with as few regrets as possible.

Don’t forget your Vitamins

There are 2 classes of biomolecules: macro and micro. The macro molecules are the ones that hog the limelight: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Lipids. We eat a lot of these each day and we break them down to create ATP …the Energizer bunnies that keep our bodies alive. But the micro molecules…vitamins and minerals…Don’t get nearly enough […]

Have fun with it

Don’t do it because it’s on the test.Don’t do it because your parents want you to be a Doctor.Don’t do it because you’re afraid of failing.Don’t do it because it’s expected of you.Don’t do it because you need to.Do it…because you get to.You don’t have to study…you get to study.And you get to learn amazing […]

Harmonic layering of Anatomy

This is an idea I borrowed from Scott at Scott’s Bass Lessons. When it comes to playing a bass line, he starts with the rhythm, then the chord, then the chord tone (arpegio) and then finishes with the chord scale. In other words, he doesn’t just try to play a Groove (Registered trademark). Instead he […]