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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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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.

    Sharing is caring

    Sharing is caring

    We’ve talked before about how one's own experience of illness can affect their practice, but does it also influence how much you share with your patients?

    In today’s episode we’re going to be talking all about physician self-disclosure - that is, all the things we, as future doctors, might share with our patients. We’ll be asking how appropriate it is to share your own stories with a patient and how you know when the timing is right to do this. This week, we’re going to be focusing on stories of illness and health, but we’ll come on to talking about other aspects of our identity in a future episode.

    Expert guests:
    Dr John Launer is a medical educator and writer. His background is in general practice and family therapy, and he also has a degree in English literature. He now devotes his time to medical education and he specialises in interactional skills.

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

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

    • 44 min
    What's in a name?

    What's in a name?

    Some supervisors say "call me Bob'' but others insist on "Doctor Jones". In this episode we're reflecting on what types of supervisors fall into each camp and why sometimes using professional titles feels like honouring someone's hard work, but other times it feels like a way of putting you in your place.

    In today’s episode, we’re thinking all about the title “doctor”. We’ll talk about when and how it should be used and discuss our own experiences with this. We’ll also discuss why some people get called ‘doctor’ far less than others, and how titles can sometimes create strange power dynamics and unhealthy hierarchies in medicine.

    Expert guests:
    Dr Anna Baverstock is a paediatric consultant in Somerset. She has a wellbeing role within the trust and is passionate about kindness, civility and inclusion.
    Miss Evelyn Mensah, otherwise known as Evie, is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in a large acute trust in north west London.

    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.

    • 43 min
    Nothing like Grey's Anatomy

    Nothing like Grey's Anatomy

    From Casualty, Holby City, and Cardiac Arrest to Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and House, medical TV dramas are part of the fabric of growing up interested in a career in medicine. So today we’re discussing all things medical TV dramas and talking about whether these shows prepared us for medical school and life as a doctor!

    Join us for this episode as we play some of our favourite clips from popular medical TV programmes and talk more about how our experiences as medical students and new doctors compare. We’ll be discussing the heartbreak, the friendships, the drama, and the romance, as well as unpicking just how realistic (or unrealistic) these shows really are.

    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.

    • 47 min
    It’s not just you, medicine is weird

    It’s not just you, medicine is weird

    Medicine is a career unlike almost any other. As medical students and junior doctors, we’ve had a lot of experience with strange, surreal moments. The first time you ask a super invasive question to someone you’ve known for all of five minutes, the first time you make an incision in surgery, the first time you do an intimate examination - all of these things can be really strange as they go against our social norms.

    Getting used to this is important but no one ever teaches us this in medical school. In everyday life, there are lots of rules that we follow that aren’t written down anywhere. But when we start placements, we have to unlearn years of following those rules and start doing things that conflict with how we would normally act. Join us in this episode as we talk about how strange medicine can be and how best to cope with moments that can sometimes be uncomfortable or awkward.

    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.

    • 39 min
    I’m a (Phobic) Medical Student… Get Me Out of Here!

    I’m a (Phobic) Medical Student… Get Me Out of Here!

    Medicine is occasionally like the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in that some of the things we have to do are just unpleasant, whereas other parts may be phobia-inducing. But how might having a phobia as a medical student affect the ways you are able to work on placement?

    In today’s episode, we’re going to be talking all about phobias. We’ll discuss what happens when you have a phobic response to something, the ways that this can impact you whilst studying medicine, and how to tell whether something is just dislike or an actual phobia.

    Expert guests:
    Dr Digby Quested is a general adult psychiatrist working in Oxford. He works in the community, and has covered many of the GP practices which serve the student population. He self managed blood phobia whilst at medical school

    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.

    • 44 min
    Everyone has an accent

    Everyone has an accent

    Accents and dialects are influenced by so many different things including race, gender, and class. They change frequently depending on where we are, who we are with, and even what we are trying to get out of any given interaction. But why does this happen? Do we gravitate towards a certain accent in order to fit in?

    In this episode, we'll find out what an accent actually is, we'll discuss how our accents have changed whilst we've been at university, and we'll also examine the judgement that can arise when you speak in a ‘different’ accent to what someone else is used to.

    Expert guests:
    Lisa Casey is an Assistant Principal in a secondary school in London with a background in English and literacy. She is one of the hosts of Lexis, a podcast about language and linguistics for A Level students, teachers and anyone else who's interested in language.

    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 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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