Student advice

We all struggle with our mental health, but Amana Qayum explains how she tries to prioritise peace as a medical student.

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Developing healthy habits as a junior doctor

12 November 2021

Eve Walker, an FY1 from Scotland, discusses how doctors can find a harmonious work-life balance as a junior doctor.

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Achieving a healthy work-life balance as a medical student

8 October 2021

Amana Qayum, a fourth-year medical student from Manchester, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

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Reflecting on the first few years of medical school

20 September 2021

First-hand tips and advice on starting and settling into your early years at medical school.

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A question of consent

9 October 2020

A medical student was shadowing a junior doctor on a paediatric surgical ward. His duties included helping the junior doctor to clerk new admissions for elective surgery, and he also observed when the doctor obtained consent for surgery.

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Accepting gifts from patients

27 June 2018

It's always nice to feel valued and nothing says this more than a gift as a token of appreciation. This may seem harmless enough but as future doctors you need to consider carefully what is, and is not, appropriate to accept.

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Elective planning: what you need to know before you go

17 July 2016

For many students, an elective is one of the most enjoyable and memorable parts of their medical studies.

Revision tips
Revision tips

27 March 2015

Exam season is always a stressful time of year, but revising effectively can reduce your anxiety and boost confidence.

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A breach of patient privacy on Twitter

20 January 2014

A medical student was attending a clinical genetics clinic as an observer. Patients with rare genetic conditions were being reviewed. Some had physical abnormalities, for example, severe skeletal abnormalities of the hands and feet.

Inappropriate prescribing

20 January 2014

A recently qualified junior doctor was doing his final surgery in general practice before going on a skiing trip to America. He was keen to get home to pack following the late surgery session. A few days earlier he had slipped on ice and twisted his back. Paracetamol and ibuprofen weren't relieving the pain and he was concerned about being in discomfort on the flight and while skiing.