Archives for January 2012

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Ten Commandments for Med Students

This is my top ten tips for the new batch of Med Students hitting the wards this month.  This is about how to be a better student and get the most out of your clinical experience.  For all those doctors out there who supervise medical students – I hope you can use this, or let […]

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Consult Skills 2: When Agendas Collide or “Physician Know Thyself”

This is part 2 of Consult Skills.  Check out part 1 here if you haven’t yet.  Part 1 was all about trying to be better at our day-to-day consults – and it was pretty ‘touchy feely’.  This post is not so nice, this is about dealing with the dark side of medicine.  Think of the […]

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Irukandji syndrome – the swarm hits Broome

We had our first ‘swarm’ of Irukandji syndrome victims for the season last week – with associated media frenzy! For those of you who are not familiar with Irukandji syndrome – it is a jellyfish envenomation, the villain is the Carukia barnesi, a tiny little jelly fish with just 4 tentacles that packs a mighty punch! […]

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Consult Skills 1: The “normal” strategy: Understand the patient’s point-of-view and prosper

Pretend you are not a doctor for a minute. Imagine this:  you wake up tomorrow with some abdo pain.  Its not too bad, but gets worse as the day goes on, it is a bit worrying, you can’t eat lunch and you feel a bit sick.  You decide to knock off from work and go […]

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Consultation Skills: Intro

Consultation Skills – not the most exciting topic in medicine, but these are essential skills we use every day.  I think most doctors learned the basics in Med School, then went into real-world practice, found some approaches that worked and some that didn’t and ‘evolved’ a style.  My guess is that we opt for what […]