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An interview with Dr Ranj

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:j5466
  1. Niamh Brooks, technical editor, The BMJ

Ranj Singh is a paediatrician who presents the children’s television programme Get Well Soon

Ranj Singh is a singing, dancing doctor who presents the BBC children’s (CBeebies) television programme Get Well Soon. He’s a paediatrician who came into “media medicine” by chance, and hopes to use his talents to promote public health through writing and television. Working in the media has its pressures, he says, but it also offers a useful creative outlet alongside clinical medicine.

Why did you choose paediatrics?

I had a tough first year of work as a pre-registration house officer [foundation year 1 doctor], and was considering leaving medicine altogether. The learning curve from being a medical student was so steep—the workload and responsibility were immense. I’m not sure I was entirely prepared. I didn’t like how older patients often floundered in hospital, purely because they had nowhere suitable to go. I didn’t feel that I was doing the best job …

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