Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus

this week

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:s143
  1. Sabina Dosani, editor
  1. Career Focus sdosani{at}

Everyone's got a “colleague from hell” story. Whether you're feeling irritable with a flirty maneater or gadget geek, girlie swot or smarmy charmer, Cath Jane's astute tricks should help you achieve some workplace harmony and, if you heed her counsel, you can boost your career while you're at it.

No apologies for including another article about working down under in this week's issue. Many trainees are tempted to hang out in the other hemisphere, especially as these dank, dreary days of winter draw in. Joanna Curwen has recently returned from a productive and enjoyable three years in Sydney. She caught up with a range of doctors who combined a passion for medicine with a radically different lifestyle. There's a life after run through training and MMC; you can find it on page 146.

Like it or loathe it, MMC is here to stay. Regular readers will know that there's no need to panic. Whatever stage of training you're at, don't worry or feel abandoned. In the weeks ahead, we'll be covering a range of topics to help those of you who are feeling adrift.

As well as guiding you through the Medical Training Application Service forms, we'll take you through an appeal and try to answer your queries through our advice zone. Please do continue to use the advice zone for help with your career related problems and queries. We'll publish a selection of MMC queries in the weeks ahead. ■