No strings attached?

With Christmas just around the corner, doctors may find themselves being handed boxes of chocolates, fruit baskets and wine from appreciative patients. Charlotte Hudson examines the ethical issues surrounding accepting gifts from patients. Photo by Jonathan Ah KitIt is December and over the last year you have provided good care to your patients, so how […]

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Revalidation is Coming to Doctors in Training

No sooner than finishing medical school, british Graduates will begin to be introduced to the subject to revalidation, in a process due to start in December 2012. It will apply to fully registered foundation year 2 doctors, and all speciality trainees. The trainees will officially have to report to different representatives of the General Medical […]

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Broadening your horizons

A medical qualification equips you with a passport to the world – it enables you to transport your skills anywhere, with opportunities to enhance them. Having appropriate indemnity is essential before you pack your bags. Photo by the russians are hereBefore practising in a new country it is important to protect yourself: new countries may […]

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Hit the target

Wrongly inserting a nasogastric tube can have deadly consequences. A recent Casebook article outlines how to avoid these risks Photo by St. MurseIn 2010 75-year-old Maurice Murphy died in hospital as a result of a misplaced nasogastric tube. He was being treated for liver failure and required a nasogastric (NG) tube to be inserted. Unfortunately […]

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Foundation doctors using MPS for vital support

Photo by Eric ConstantineauAll doctors want to avoid making mistakes, but none more so than foundation doctors who are just starting out. Knowing what to do when things go wrong – such as the unintended harm to a patient, or a complaint being made about you – is something that is not taught in medical […]

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