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My wonderful moustachioed man at Heathrow.

My wonderful moustachioed man at Heathrow.

When I was 16 years old my big brother went off on a gap year, backpacking around Australia. I was jealous and wanted to go too but there was a problem – I was only 16. Eventually my parents compromised, I could go, but to […]

Part 2: Creative Commons: the best medicine?

Part 2: Creative Commons: the best medicine?

In Part 1: A rising tide floats all boats, I took my position on the side of Us v Them – free open access sharing v the old established order. Naive you may think but that’s led me to more discussions (and ranting) about Copyright […]

I wasn’t expecting that – more encounters with suicide.

I wasn’t expecting that – more encounters with suicide.

I wasn’t expecting this. I wrote about my next encounter with suicide because I needed to think through how I was feeling. It had come up with some colleagues recently and I boldly claimed that we needed to be able to talk about it more. […]

A rising tide floats all boats.

A rising tide floats all boats.

  I was having a discussion about disruptive technology in medical education (as you do) and in a reply one particular line stood out for me… I think the world is now mature enough to be sceptical about what we see and hear on the […]

It is your reaction that is the problem.

It is your reaction that is the problem.

I’ve been feeling a little uneasy about Scott Weingart’s opening talk from SMACC. It was an extraordinary talk, recorded live on stage for the EMCRIT podcast and it took quite a few people by surprise. He talked about meditation and negative contemplation….all good things, if they work […]

Facing personal biases and my next encounter with suicide.

Facing personal biases and my next encounter with suicide.

The Friday night school disco was always an awkward, fun, silly affair with smoke machines, rotating disco lights and the occasional shifty bottle of MD:20:20 smuggled past the headmaster. I had danced with Harry, the new boy. He was a bit different, I liked him. […]

Speaking out: teams, juniors, leaders and what SmaccDUB taught me.

Speaking out: teams, juniors, leaders and what SmaccDUB taught me.

Landing on the wrong runway has left with me a story to tell for life. It probably gets more animated each time I tell it over a drink or two…but for once, I’m not the guilty party…ish. I say “..ish” because I wasn’t flying the aeroplane, I was […]

We’ve always done it this way

We’ve always done it this way

There is not a phrase in existence that I could despise more. Please don’t get me wrong, as a junior doctor it is a phrase that has helped me out of a few sticky situations when uttered by an experienced nurse who’s watching my back. […]

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