What It’s Like To Start A Business

I received a letter from a fellow healthcare worker the other day. She wrote to me regarding a patient of mine, demanding that I "do something".  Her letter was, to be quite honest, rude and uncalled for.  She knew very well that I had already seen the patient, assessed the patient correctly and that the… Continue reading What It’s Like To Start A Business

Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Maybe one day I'll hang this list in the waiting room of my clinic: I can't cure your cold  I can't give you antibiotics for your cold I can't give you antibiotics for your flu I can't give you antibiotics for your diarrhoea of two days  I can't give you antibiotics for sinus congestion I… Continue reading Things Your Doctor Can’t Do…

Life Isn’t Fair, But If You Don’t Get This Simple Point You’ll Always Be A Sucker

Life is very unfair.  As much as we all wish that the success we enjoy in life is a direct consequence of our well thought out actions and intentions, it probably isn't.  If you were born poor in rural Bangladesh, could you still confidently say that your quality of life would be as good as… Continue reading Life Isn’t Fair, But If You Don’t Get This Simple Point You’ll Always Be A Sucker

Being A Doctor, What It Means, What It Doesn’t Mean, What It Will Mean

I. I'd say that one of the main things that made me choose to become a doctor was that I felt like I had a kind of natural ability and affinity for the subject.  It's likely that this was a completely false assumption however.  It stemmed from growing up in a highly medical background, where… Continue reading Being A Doctor, What It Means, What It Doesn’t Mean, What It Will Mean

Consultation Skills – Three Golden Rules

My consultation skills are gradually improving.  I'm currently seeing a patient every 10-12.5 minutes.  By the time I finish my training next August I need to be consistently at 10 minutes per consultation. A couple of years ago when I started my GP training I really had no clue how GPs could see patients so quickly.  In the hospital… Continue reading Consultation Skills – Three Golden Rules