The art of instilling confidence

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 05 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2162
  1. Dharani Yerrakalva, academic clinical fellow in general practice (ST4)
  1. Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cambridge University Cambridge, UK
  1. dharaniyerrakalva{at}

I walk up to the GP waiting room to call the next patient. I assert the “power pose”: I drop the pitch of my voice and project the name of the patient. These are things that youthful-looking doctors, whether through small stature, gender, or ethnicity, learn to do to get by. Nobody teaches you this. The sea of patients turn their heads …

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