New doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:673
  1. Phyllida Roe, medical student, Taunton (

    I could tell that we had had changeover day; the referral that last week would probably have read, “Funny turns—?seizures,” now gave a full, detailed history, the space allowed filled completely with tiny but scrupulously neat handwriting.

    As a medical student working in the neurophysiology department of a busy hospital to earn some money, I took a telephone call from a young doctor making her first referral. She'd filled in the form but had a question about the process, could she come and see us? I said yes—we have a policy of encouraging all doctors to come and see us if they want …

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