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Lessons Hard Learned: What scared Ross Fisher?

At the last SMACC outing in Dublin there was a stand-out lecture by Dr Ross Fisher ( @ffolliet ) entitled:  Things that Scare Me.  Ross is a bit of a presentation guru – and hence he had plenty of pressure on to deliver a great talk…. and he did exactly that.  It was a pin-drop-silently, […]

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Lessons Hard Learned: Dr Penny Wilson

Over the last year or so I have received quite a bit of mail / feedback asking about the “Lessons Hard Learned” series that I ran a while back on the podcast.  It was a project I really enjoyed doing, it allowed me to interrogate the minds of some super smart folk out there. So, […]

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Hope: from Home Birth to Hospice

Home birthing and hospice care.  Birth and death, aside from taxes, the only certainties in life!  These may not seem to be related topics, but they are.  Stay with me and I shall explain. Let us start with home birth.  There has been a bit of banter in Broome and online about the modern controversy […]

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Any Place for Race on the Coalface?

Last month (Feb 25th 2016) the New England Journal of Medicine published this editorial “Perspective” titled: “Dealing with Racist Patients.” In the article the authors – Drs Kimani,  Alexander K. Smith, Bernard Lo  and Alicia Fernández present this case vignette: A 77-year-old white man with heart failure arrives in the emergency department of an urban hospital […]

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Being A Doctor’s Doctor – Penny Wilson and Geoff Riley

Have you ever treated a fellow doctor?  How did it feel?  Did you feel confident or intimidated? Consulting and treating our colleagues can be really tricky.  The dynamics seem a little alien, there is a huge risk of assumption leading to errors and of course there is always the nagging doubt that you may need […]