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Finding My People: How I Discovered My Dream Specialty

Finding My People: How I Discovered My Dream Specialty

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a superhero.  Realising that I was unlikely to develop superpowers, be exceedingly rich or an alien from another world, I decided to be the next best thing, a doctor. As I’ve become older, I’ve realised that fundamentally,...

5 Tips to My Future Doctor Self, From My Former Nurse Self

5 Tips to My Future Doctor Self, From My Former Nurse Self

My past life as a nurse has taught me many things about what kind of doctor I want to be. And most importantly, what kind of relationship I want to build with my nursing colleagues. Nurses are undoubtedly the backbone of our healthcare system, and the people who you...

How to Tackle Imposter Syndrome as a Junior Doctor

How to Tackle Imposter Syndrome as a Junior Doctor

Have you ever felt like every other doctor is smarter, more accomplished, and downright better at their job than you are? Even though you are just as qualified and accomplished?  I certainly have. However, by understanding the symptoms of what’s known as imposter...

How to Prepare for Your Internship Application

How to Prepare for Your Internship Application

For many final year medical students, the upcoming internship applications are the first ever experience you will have applying for a full-time vocational job. Apprehension, stress, impatience, and even a touch of excitement are very normal emotions to feel throughout...

Toughen Up – Tough Love or Bullying in Medicine?

Toughen Up – Tough Love or Bullying in Medicine?

A senior medical student ponders when does tough love blur into bullying territory? Is it used to excuse bad behaviour or can it push us to be more resilient? The registrar was getting ready to close the patient on the operating table and asked if I wanted to scrub in...

From First Year to Final Year: What I Learnt With Hindsight

From First Year to Final Year: What I Learnt With Hindsight

At the end of their medical degree, a medical student looks back on the vital lessons one can only see with hindsight.It was 7:50am, I was packing my belongings into my locker in the common room before the 8:00am ward round, when I noticed two women off to my right...

What Makes a Great Surgical Intern?

What Makes a Great Surgical Intern?

In Victoria the intern year consists of five 10-week rotations, with compulsory rotations of at least one surgical, medical and emergency terms. For those changing over to a surgical term, I thought I would share what makes a great surgical intern from the point of...

How to Survive Your First Time in the Operating Theatre

How to Survive Your First Time in the Operating Theatre

From being a fly on the wall, to the primary operator, a PGY3 surgical doctor in training, with a not too distant memory of being the bewildered medical student, offers a thorough guide to your first day in theatre. In preparation for writing this article, I searched...

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