Category: Doctor’s Mess

First Things First

First Things First

Our Former Editor-in-Chief, Rob Ceaver is back as Doctors’ Mess Editor, continuing the ‘Diaries of an FY1’ series. Read on to find out his thoughts on the experience! I am one of the doctors; a sentence that, for a while there, I wasn’t entirely sure that I’d ever get the chance to say. I’m now one of the gang. I’ve […]

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Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Medical Student and a Medical Patient: When Two Worlds Collide

Dr H.B. A 20 year old male, of Indian descent, presented to West Middlesex Accident & Emergency Department, with severe abdominal pain. The pain was a sharp, constant, 10/10 pain, located in the epigastric region, radiating through to the back, and had been present since waking that morning. It was associated with profuse vomiting, approximately 6 episodes in the last […]

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Diary of an FY1: How to be an FY1

Diary of an FY1: How to be an FY1

In his latest edition, Oscar reflects on the challenges of FY1 and how best to overcome them. In less than a month, I will be an F2. Though there are dear thoughts of the achievements of surviving the year, they are equally trumped by thoughts that I really ought to sort out where I’m living next year. These thoughts are […]

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Diary of an FY1-Elephant in the room: teaching

Diary of an FY1-Elephant in the room: teaching

  The end of FY1 reaches its climax in the ARCP, an assessment based on the e-Portfolio to determine whether or not we progress (or really whether we progress without a number attached to our name). The e-Portfolio being designed as an online resource to track our progress and ensure that we are achieving the necessary milestones to progress. Whilst […]

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Diary of an FY1 – Tiredness

Diary of an FY1 – Tiredness

  Over the past months, though medical practice has stopped becoming so elusive, as my brain gathers ever more understanding of the conditions and complications that occur as patients come into hospital, I still find myself unable to come to terms with one thing. That thing is work fatigue. Yes, I’d been tired in university before, normally paired with that […]

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Diary of an FY1 – Turning the Wheel

Diary of an FY1 – Turning the Wheel

All of a sudden it has become March. Christmas and New Year now faint memories and I notice for the first time that FY1 is more than halfway over. My final rota has been released and the end is in sight. But I also look and notice on my Facebook wall that this year’s finalists have now finished their exams […]

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Might It Have Occured To Them? By Max Mulvany

Might It Have Occured To Them? By Max Mulvany

  Max Mulvany is a full time Illustrator and Cartoonist and his work is for sale over at www.maxmulvany.com. You can contact him at: maxnmulvany@gmail.com

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Medical Student 101 – Coffee

Medical Student 101 – Coffee

There is an existential struggle which burns within the depths of my soul most mornings; an urge which threatens to tear me asunder as I fight the temptation to simply give in. It begins with an enticing suggestion floating into my mind under the pretence of spontaneity – despite arriving at the same time every day with unerring regularity. Soon […]

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Junior Doctors Strike Back: The Hashtag Awakens

Junior Doctors Strike Back: The Hashtag Awakens

Amidst the spin, lies and general stench of excrement emanating from Mr Hunt and his cronies in the right wing press during this junior doctor contract dispute, comes a sense of increasing desperation. There have been the hapless attempts for months to divide doctors with increasingly ludicrous statements, which have only succeeded in uniting and infuriating the profession more than […]

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Diary of an FY1 – The New Year

Diary of an FY1 – The New Year

  The inevitable has come to pass yet again as the hands of the clock strike twelve and after the same sparkles that fly through space year on year come to pass, it begins to dawn upon me that I will spend the next week putting the wrong dates on my signatures. To many of us, this is simply one […]

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