Conference Time

There’s a thread over on on the Doc2Doc website about the ERS over in Munich. A couple of trainees asked about what to do and where to go – one of the more senior members over there thinks that conferences have become bloated, oversized, and are now so big that they have become too large […]

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Should we have a Dr House?

You’ve seen House, right? Prince George from Blackadder III plays a misanthropic “diagnostician” in a fancy Boston Hospital, taking on the hardest cases, those without a diagnosis, and works out what’s wrong through a range of tests carried out by his underlings, a whiteboard that *always* has sarcoid on it, and by being quite rude […]

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How many beans make 5?

More importantly, how many consultants make a department? We interviewed for two new colleagues recently. 2 posts, 2 applicants, 2 shortlisted, 2 interviewed, 2 appointed. All smiles down at the DCA that night. This brings us up to 6 consultants, but 5 Whole Time Equivalents, for our teaching hospital service. The Royal College of Physicians […]

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IVOST-ing, and Mycoplasma

The verbalising of nouns is an insidious threat to modern civilisation, some would have us believe. Things are ‘actioned’, when the already existing verb, ‘to do’, would seem perfectly suitable. Adjectives seem to be replacing adverbs: the triathlon magazines I read each month promise to tell me how to ‘run fast’, or how to descend […]

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