Soundings

Professional highs

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7101.195 (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:195
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

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    Now that students are cared for by personal tutors, house officers by postgraduate deans, and registrars by college advisers, we consultants should demand someone to watch over us and help us look on the bright side. At the very least we want annual visits from a person with a clipboard, who will smile encouragingly and ask us to think of things we enjoy about our work. I have already prepared my list.

    Assisted delivery: The interview must be confidential because it is politically unacceptable for obstetricians to admit that they take pleasure in practising their craft. Soon, I expect, every forceps …

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