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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.

Sharp Scratch BMJ Group

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    • 4.7 • 92 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.

    Why do you want to be a doctor?

    Why do you want to be a doctor?

    It's the age old medical school interview question - but why did we initially want to become doctors? Do those reasons still stand, or are they replaced by stronger motives? Listen to the panel discuss their own expectations vs. reality of life at medical school and beyond, with interviews from TV Doctor Zoe Williams and CMO Chris Whitty.

    • 50 min
    Working hard or hardly working

    Working hard or hardly working

    Do you have a healthy work-life balance? Find out what actually counts as work, and whether medicine means sacrificing your social life...

    This week the team are joined by Sharp Scratch’s old friend Greta McLachlan, Higher General Surgical Trainee and Leadership Fellow at Cleveland Clinic London, to talk about their social lives, maintaining a work life balance, and training less than full time.

    You can follow Greta on twitter at @GeeMcLachlan

    • 49 min
    The F word

    The F word

    Why is academic failure surrounded by shame and guilt? Find out what support is available for students, and why failing may make you a better doctor in the long term.

    This week the panel are joined by Rakesh Patel, Clinical Associate Professor in Medical Education, to talk about failing - and why medical students are so embarrassed to fail.

    • 34 min
    Tackling the hospital tech

    Tackling the hospital tech

    This week the team talk about all the tech you might face working in the NHS - from bleeps and fax machines to slow computers. Find out if you’re allowed to use WhatsApp, what the alternatives are, and why the IT can be so frustrating in the first place...

    Interviews:

    Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Sarah El-Sheikha and Sarah Blackstock are Clinical Fellows at FMLM. Opinions mentioned in the episode are their own and not that of their employing organisation(s). There are other apps available (for free). You can contact them via twitter: @sarah_sheikha and @sarahblackst0ck

    • 43 min
    Naps & night shifts

    Naps & night shifts

    This week the team are joined by Mike Farquhar, Consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, to talk about sleep and fatigue in medical school and beyond.

    Morning lark, or night owl, you'll probably need more sleep, or at least a coffee nap. Find out about the science of staying awake.

    Paper mentioned by Mike in the ep: https://ep.bmj.com/content/102/3/127

    • 56 min
    Being at a birth

    Being at a birth

    This week the team are joined by Lucy Chappell, Professor in Obstetrics at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The panel reflected on their experiences seeing someone give birth, and how to process the emotions that come with experiencing new life.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 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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