What’s the worst thing you’ve ever experienced as a doctor? Has anything in the world of healthcare come as a total shock? Do you question if things could be made better or does everything happen for a reason as part of some divine masterplan? Candide: or, The Optimist is a satirical work written by Voltaire […]Read More The medical student or the optimist: the best of all possible chocolate biscuits and how suffering in healthcare became normal
As I sit in my consulting room the window blinds are permanently down, both maintaining privacy while blocking out any natural light from the sun. The room is lit with a low energy saving light bulb and the glow of a computer monitor. My eyes are fixed to the screen apart from when I ascend […]Read More Shadows in my surgery and how I consult in Plato’s cave
As The Jacksons famously said, “don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on good times, blame it on the boogie“. Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), a Spanish Jesuit and philosopher would have probably agreed with the sentiment. Learning objectives 1. Introduce Baltasar Gracián to those unfamiliar to his works 2. […]Read More Don’t blame it on Baltasar
Reflection is an important part of training, appraisal and revalidation for doctors based in the UK. However, for many doctors the very thought of reflection can cause feelings of frustration, non-engagement or even rejection. Where did we go wrong? Learning objectives 1. Consider the definition of reflection used in medicine 2. Understand how reflection can […]Read More Marcus Aurelius: reflection good enough for an emperor but is it good enough for medicine?