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Students and young medics need to learn a lot to become good doctors - we're here to talk about the things that medical school doesn't teach you. Brought to you by The BMJ student.

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    • 4.8 • 109 Ratings

Students and young medics need to learn a lot to become good doctors - we're here to talk about the things that medical school doesn't teach you. Brought to you by The BMJ student.

    Prescribed personalities

    Prescribed personalities

    Have you ever felt like you had to dial up an aspect of your personality in order to fit in on placement? When going on placement, there may be times when you feel like ‘the odd one out’. But do you have to fit in? Are there benefits in being different?

    Does medical training shape us into doctors with identical tone and manner and does this bode well with patients?

    In this episode, the Sharp Scratch team recounts experiences of displaying different sides of their personality at work, the positives of working with people of different personalities, and the importance of being your true authentic self.

    Expert guest:
    Miss Clara Munro (@ClaraEMunro on Twitter)is a General Surgical Trainee in the North East of England and was the Editorial Registrar at the BMJ.

    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/

    This podcast is produced and edited by Dom Byrne and Duncan Jarvies.

    • 45 min
    Understanding your payslip (special segment)

    Understanding your payslip (special segment)

    This is a special segment from the Sharp Scratch episode - what med school didn’t teach you about money.

    Have you received your first payslip and not sure whether you have been paid correctly? Listen to this short clip where the doctors behind Medics Money will guide you through the key things to check on your payslip and decipher tax codes in under 10 minutes.

    If you would like to hear more about how to claim tax rebate, information about income protection and relocation costs, head over to episode 78, titled 'what med school didn’t teach you about money' to find more.

    Expert guests:
    Dr Tommy Perkins and Dr Ed Cantello are GPs and co-founders of Medics Money.

    Useful links that Dr Perkins and Dr Cantelo recommend:
    •Free Ebook www.medicsmoney.co.uk/ebook/
    •10 top tips for junior doctors podcast www.medicsmoney.co.uk/ep-5-10-financ…unior-doctors/
    •Tax code guide - www.medicsmoney.co.uk/is-your-doctor…-code-correct/
    •Tax rebate guide - www.medicsmoney.co.uk/free-guide/

    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/

    This episode does not represent any form of financial, legal or accounting advice and tax allowances and rates are subject to change.

    • 8 min
    What med school didn't teach you about money w/ Medics Money

    What med school didn't teach you about money w/ Medics Money

    At med school, we are trained to interpret blood tests but not much (if at all) on how to interpret your payslip.

    Financial literacy doesn’t feature much in our medical curriculum but it’s an important life skill to have: from interpreting your payslip to claiming tax rebate on your postgrad exams fees.

    In this episode, the doctors behind Medics Money share their experiences regarding costs that newly qualified doctors will have to consider after med school, some money saving tips for junior docs and things to look out for when you’re interpreting a payslip.

    Topics covered:
    •Things to look out for on your payslip
    •What should you do when you notice you haven’t been paid correctly
    •Sick pay
    •Claiming tax rebate on costs of training
    •Relocation costs


    Expert guests:
    Dr Tommy Perkins and Dr Ed Cantello are GPs and co-founders of Medics Money.

    Useful links that Dr Perkins and Dr Cantelo recommend:
    •Free Ebook https://www.medicsmoney.co.uk/ebook/
    •10 top tips for junior doctors podcast https://www.medicsmoney.co.uk/ep-5-10-financial-tips-for-junior-doctors/
    •Tax code guide - https://www.medicsmoney.co.uk/is-your-doctors-tax-code-correct/
    •Tax rebate guide - https://www.medicsmoney.co.uk/free-guide/


    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/

    This podcast is produced and edited by Dom Byrne and Duncan Jarvies.

    This episode does not represent any form of financial, legal or accounting advice and tax allowances and rates are subject to change.

    • 47 min
    Do doctors do what they preach

    Do doctors do what they preach

    At medical school, we learn about the importance of healthy health behaviours and promote them to patients at consultations. But do you always do what you preach?

    In this episode, we chatted about the importance of self-care, admitting to the inability to be infallible, and whether your health habits would affect the way you counsel your patients.

    Expert guest:
    Professor Erica Frank (erica.frank@ubc.ca) is a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; she is also the Founder of NextGenU.org.

    Articles mentioned in the episode:
    • Alcohol consumption and alcohol counselling behaviour among US medical students: cohort study - https://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a2155
    • Experiences of belittlement and harassment and their correlates among medical students in the United States: longitudinal survey - https://www.bmj.com/content/333/7570/682

    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/

    This podcast is produced and edited by Dom Byrne and Duncan Jarvies.

    • 45 min
    Too much medicine

    Too much medicine

    “Do no harm” is a mantra that is drummed into medical students from day 1 of medical school. Most of us have gone into medicine as we believe medicine to be a force of good. However, too much medicine is capable of causing harm to patients and generating unnecessary waste.


    In this episode, we spoke about overdiagnosis, communicating risks and benefits with patients, and why you shouldn't take that free lunch sponsored by drug companies.


    Recommended reading:
    •Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy. Link: https://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3502
    •Who pays for the pizza? Redefining the relationships between doctors and drug companies. 1: Entanglement. Link: https://www.bmj.com/content/326/7400/1189


    Expert guest:
    Dr Martin Brunet (@docmartin68 on Twitter) is a GP and a GP trainer at Guildford. He is also the author of The GP Consultation Reimagined: A Tale of Two Houses.


    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/


    This podcast is produced and edited by Dom Byrne and Duncan Jarvies.

    • 46 min
    Funding medical school

    Funding medical school

    Along with the general public, medical students are feeling the cost-of-living crunch. How are medical students faring with the increasing cost of living?

    In this episode, medical students from outside of the studio send in their perspectives on how they are making ends meet, balancing medical school and part-time work and navigating the student funding system.

    Thank you to Michaela Vernon, Elle Gordon, Alex Twist, Trisha Suji, Ruth Carter and Eilidh Garrett who contributed to this episode.

    Check us out on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BMJStudent
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmj_student/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BMJStudent/

    This podcast is produced and edited by Dom Byrne and Duncan Jarvies.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Nabznab ,

Best medical podcast!

Absolutely amazing content being fired from the hosts and guests. There’s an incredible insight into ‘real’ medicine and the lessons that can be learned. Keep it up!

Heatherrt ,

Love it - Graduate Medic

Started listening to this as I've seen/heard it advertised so many times.

Really enjoying it, found lots of relevant ones so far. Particularly the QI one as I have a project next term.

Great to listen to, a bit of a mix between studying and not!! Would definitely recommend 😊

Jo_katie ,

Brilliant insight

I’m an aspiring med student (applying for a graduate course) and this podcast has been brilliant to give an insight to medical school as well as life as a junior doctor with all the topics that aren’t normally talked about. Thank you so much for all your hard work and great guests with open and candid discussions.

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