In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, we are at war. We are at war with emojis. We are at war with LOLs. We are at war with hashtags. We are losing the ability express ourselves and to persuade others. We have lost the power of rhetoric. Rhetoric can be loosely… Continue reading My Toastmasters Speeches: Speech 2 ‘Rhetorically Speaking’
Playing the role of scribe on ward rounds is a quick and simple way for any student to make a useful contribution to the team they are attached to. Alleviating the intern of this duty allows them to focus on compiling their job list for the day, and relieves the medical student of that feeling… Continue reading An introduction to taking notes on ward rounds: a primer for medical students
Hey there 2017 interns! Welcome to doctor-hood. You may be the most junior member of the team, but you’ll quickly become the go-to guy or gal for that sacred document – the discharge summary. Abbreviations are pervasive in medicine. Yes, they can save a few seconds here and there, but the discharge summary is not the place… Continue reading Intern Series: Improve your discharge summaries with this one simple trick!
Waste. It’s everywhere. As frontline doctors, we have the responsibility to focus our efforts on high-value healthcare, and reject the interventions with negligible benefit. But how can you, the Junior Medical Officer, contribute to the rational use of our precious healthcare resources? After all, you’re not the orthopaedic surgeon performing knee arthroscopies for osteoarthrits, or… Continue reading Choosing Wisely for Interns and Residents
Originally published for the Elsevier Australia Medical Student’s Blog July 2015 This concludes my 10 week stint as an ED intern, a period which was the most valuable educational experience I have had since commencing medical school. The experience at the front line is unique, and this blog entry reflects my personal experiences only. It… Continue reading 5 Things I Learned As An Emergency Department Intern
My journey since joining my local Toastmasters club has been thrilling, challenging and rewarding. You learn by doing, crafting a series of 10 speeches and delivering them to your fellow club members. It harnesses the power of peer-to-peer learning to create better speakers. The speeches I have witnessed from my fellow Toastmasters have had the… Continue reading My Toastmasters Speeches: Speech 1 ‘The Icebreaker’
Postgraduate courses are a key aspect of continuing professional development for the junior doctor. With the myriad of courses available, it can be difficult to know which are worth your while. They also have the potential to take a significant chunk out of that JMO salary that you have just been bestowed, ranging from$300-$3000+ in… Continue reading Course Review: BASIC