Clinical Case 095: Smashmouth vs. Surgeon


Gday, it has been a few weeks since the last clinical case.  Today I have a rural trauma case with a twist.  I have been doing a lot of pondering around logistic and practical matters with regards to managing trauma in a smaller hospital.  I keep getting stuck on a few points – so I […]


Lessons Hard Learned: Irish Lessons in Cairns

Irish Calm

THis is the latest instalment in the “Lessons Hard Learned” series. Recently I caught up with the SMACC crew at the Bedside critical Care conference in Cairns – FNQ.  I took the opportunity to trap a couple of unsuspecting Irishmen into an impromptu podcast by the poolside. Awesome conference and great vibe – mini-SMACC really. […]


Lessons Hard Learned with Dr Dave Forster

Dave F n me

Welsome back to our Lessons Hard Learned series. This one is about patient relationships in clinical settings. Dr Dave Forster is a fellow Broome Doc – he shares a case from his days as a younger trainee.  Not many people know this but Dr Dave is a part-time model.  Sure he is a balding, hairy man […]


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 […]


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 […]