Month: August 2016

Is it time we reflect on the true value of reflection?

It is a Sunday evening. I look across at my GP ST1 wife and see her feverishly tapping the keyboard. I enquire what she is doing. “I have to do a couple of reflections, I’ve only done one this week.” Reflection has become a major part of trainees and GPs’ lives alike. Most follow tried and tested models such as Gibbs1, to look back on an experience, challenge one’s own performance or thinking and see if this has led to learn new things or perhaps shape the way one behaves in the future. Sometimes, it may involve a patient whom has made...

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Tales of the Saudi causeway

The island Kingdom of Bahrain, sits like a hotter, sandier version of the Isle of Wight in the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. It is joined to the Saudi mainland by a 25 kilometer causeway. There is a certain soap opera fascination about driving in Bahrain. Cars weave in and out on the multi-lane highways, undertaking, overtaking, wombling free. I admire their skill. Leave a foot more than a car’s length in front of you and another car will cut in. And before stopping at a red light check in your mirror whether or not the guy...

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You’re the Doctor

When a patient says ‘you’re the doctor’ it can mean several things. Sometimes it means ‘I trust you and the advice you’ve given me’, sometimes it means ‘I don’t like what you’re saying but I don’t feel like I’m in a position to argue’, and sometimes it means ‘just get on with it and do what you’ve got to do’. Whatever it means when a patient says this, it always feels like a kick in the teeth to me. Since my first day at medical school, the day on which I underwent my Balint lobotomy, I’ve been told to...

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