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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.

    Should you give that casual consultation?

    Should you give that casual consultation?

    Could you just have a look at...? It's a question lots of medical students and junior doctors encounter from friends and family - rashes, moles and sometimes even haemorrhoids all seem to be fair game to ask about! But what are our ethical (and legal) responsibilities when helping our loved ones? And what about "Good Samaritan" treatment in out of hospital emergencies?

    You can read the GMC's guidance Good Medical Practice here: https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/good-medical-practice

    Our expert guest;

    Dr John Smyth is a registered doctor and former GP with more than 25 years’ clinical experience. He has worked at the GMC in its Fitness to Practise directorate for 14 years where he is Assistant Director of the Case Examiner Team. His work at the GMC has included helping to adapt the fitness to practise processes to be more supportive to vulnerable doctors.

    • 45 min
    How competitive are you?

    How competitive are you?

    The panel are joined by one of Anna's academic heroes to discuss competition in medicine. Whilst we all agree a little friendly rivalry can help us learn, how can we make sure competitiveness doesn't affect our wellbeing as med students and new doctors?

    Our expert guest:

    Dr Heidi Lempp is a Reader in Medical Sociology at King's College London. Her work around medical students includes discussion of the hidden curriculum of medicine and the study of first in family students.

    Here's the paper Ryhan spoke about: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0194096#:~:text=The%20use%20of%20competitive%20learning,provide%20a%20pleasant%20classroom%20environment.

    Here's Heidi's 2004 paper on the hidden curriculum: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC520997/

    • 46 min
    Sharp Scratch, talking evidence

    Sharp Scratch, talking evidence

    This week the Sharp Scratch panel are joined by BMJ podcast veteran Helen Macdonald, one of the hosts of The BMJ's Talk Evidence. We talk evidence based medicine, including getting your head around the fact a yearly health screen might not be the best thing for you...

    You can listen to Talk Evidence here: https://www.cebm.net/bmj-talk-evidence-podcast/

    To find out more about the Rapid Recommendation series Helen mentions: https://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i5191

    • 41 min
    Leaving medicine

    Leaving medicine

    This week, the Sharp Scratch team is joined by Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of The BMJ to talk about what it's like to leave clinical medicine, and how it can be challenging to lose your medical identity.

    Our expert guests

    Fi Godlee is the first ever female Editor in Chief of The BMJ.

    Mayank Bhandari left medicine at the end of his foundation training to pursue a career in management consultancy.

    • 42 min
    What med students can learn from a Saturday job

    What med students can learn from a Saturday job

    This week the Sharp Scratch team welcome two brand new panel members to talk about interesting jobs outside of medicine, and what we might be able to learn from a crappy Saturday job.

    This week's contributors:

    Alisha Webb is a third year medical student at Newcastle Medical School, who talks to us this week about a variety of interesting jobs she had before she began studying medicine.

    Dr Patrick Lynch is a new graduate of Queen's University Belfast who tells us how playing the church organ helped him develop skills for medicine.

    • 39 min
    Should a doctor have a tattoo?

    Should a doctor have a tattoo?

    **This podcast was recorded before the extraordinary circumstances due to the covid-19 outbreak.**

    Following on from our episode on what to wear on the wards, this week the Sharp Scratch team and expert guest take a closer look at the stereotypes around what doctors look like.

    This week's expert guest

    Dr Devina Maru is a GP specialty registrar in London, who has loved fashion from a young age, having grown up with a grandfather who is a tailor and a cousin who is an international fashion designer. You can follow her on Twitter: @Devina_Maru

    To read the BMA's dress code click here. https://archive.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts/consultant-contracts/dress-codes

    • 42 min

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