Medicine is about treating the patient as a human being - to alleviate symptoms, to calm their worries, to address their concerns. It's about treating Paul, the man bearing the full brunt of life's storm. Not Paul, the patient with irregular bowel habits.
At the beginning of the month, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, made reference to an ongoing crisis in global healthcare
When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.
All eyes will be on junior doctors this week as they begin their first day of strike action against a new contract proposed by the government. I will be paying particular attention, as in around two years I will be qualifying as a junior doctor myself. Unable to strike, my fellow medical students and I will be watching anxiously from inside the hospital as the junior doctors fight not only for their future, but for ours as well...
Clinical medicine is fairly black and white as I'm sure many of you would agree. If I were to treat a patient diagnosed with a myocardial infarction in Asia, Europe or America I would certainly initiate aspirin (among other cardiac meds) in all cases. Why? Because the evidence for its benefit is global.
Recently I had the pleasure of observing a team based learning (TBL) session at the newly established Lee Kong Chian (LKC) School of Medicine, a joint initiative between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. As a doctor having trained via problem based learning (PBL) I was able to appreciate the stark difference between the two forms of instruction.
Medical students in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh were expected to take to the streets in protest today, amid mounting outrage at the way state officials have replaced a national qualification with its local predecessor.
Two medical students have been caught performing sex acts on each other in a hospital corridor. The unidentified couple were