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Good at what we know: doctors are rationed too

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2748
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor
  1. 1London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

    We’re all good at different things. Eighteen months ago I had never picked up an endoscope. Now I spend 12 hours a week—10% of my waking hours—with one in my hand. And although there is undoubtedly an element of skill to it, I must admit that most of the ability comes with practice and repetition.

    The same goes for understanding patients with gastroenterological problems, from irritable bowel syndrome to inflammatory bowel disease. We all learn by seeing and doing and are much better at dealing with the familiar …

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