Tell your mum about itBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2367 (Published 15 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2367
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The technique of telling your mum was also taught to me as a medical
school at a district General Hospital located in the South WALES valleys.
The author mentions how this consultant assisted in removing the nervous
barriers to present a fluent ward round report, patient history and to
I was taught how to imagine yourself away from the wards chatting
about what you see. The slides mentioned in this piece underplay how much
this consultant has done in ensuring he has a full repetoire available at
the touch of a button or at the flick of a camera....
I am now fortunate to have used this technique to pass finals, to
complete a prize viva, to manage my first year as a doctor under the
consultant who taught me the technique and now I am still using my mobile
phone to "tell my mum" about lumps and bumps as an F2 to the same
consultant. Each teacher has their own style, technique and tips regarding
practicing medicine but without doubt, the hours dedicated to teaching by
the inventor of the tell your mum technique can not be overemphasised.
Ward rounds and theater sessions are still nervewracking but I relish
every opportunity to see his newest installement in the slide collection.
I will undoubtedly use this technique for years to come and also teach the
next generation the same method of medial describing!
Thank you to the creator of the "tell your mum" method - Mr PA
Current F2 doctor of the consultant who created the "tell your mum" technique
Competing interests: No competing interests