Medical students - what worries you about becoming a new doctor?
Newly qualified doctors - what do you wish you had known sooner?
Medical school teaches us a lot, but there are many things we are expected to absorb intuitively from our placements or from our peers. Like, how do you survive a night shift? How exactly do you do the essential admin tasks such as writing a discharge letter? How do relationships and dating work around the transition to being a new doctors? And so much more.
Sharp Scratch is the podcast where medical students and newly qualified doctors figure out all those topics that we need to know but that medical school doesn’t really teach us. Every second Friday, listen to us - Laura, Ryhan, Declan and Chidera - being honest about the gaps in our knowledge and learning from the experts.
Sharp Scratch is sponsored by Medical Protection.
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What happens when you’re treating a patient, and they say something offensive - do you have a duty to continue treating them? Is it OK to walk away? And whatever you choose, will there be consequences on your colleagues or your organisation?
Join medical students Laura and Ryhan, newly qualified doctor Chidera, and Nadeem Moghul, nephrologist and Senior Clinical Fellow at The Nuffield Trust - who changed the way in which his hospital dealt with a racist patient.
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We’ve all met doctors and med students on placement who we just can’t stand - or who make us feel >this< small. But, for the sake of our patients, we will have to work in teams with those doctors, and we’ll have to do it well. How can we work with people like that, and who do we talk to if we see behaviour we think is just plain wrong? What can we do if we suspect we’re the one being an arsehole?
Join medical students Laura and Ryhan, newly qualified doctor Chidera, and Simon Fleming, orthopod reg and founder of #HammerItOut - which is a campaign to stop bullying in the NHS. We also have an interview with Anne Stephenson - GP, who teaches undergraduate medical students professionalism at Kings College London.
It feels inappropriate to observe a CPR event as a medical student, especially as we may not be able to help the team within our competency. But as a new doctor, we will be expected to be competent, whether we’re the first on the scene or joining a team already in action. How do we prepare for the real thing?
Why projects fail, how one med student transformed her local emergency department, and why you should go looking for the people in the hospital basement.
It seems like loads of med students are rushing to get a publication out before they apply for foundation posts, and sometimes audits or small local projects seem like easy pickings. But such projects have the potential to change the environment—right?
Why the hospital switchboard is the friend you never knew you had, how using emotions can help you refer a patient, and what it takes to make a med reg hang up the phone on you.
We learn management for many of the cases will see - but often our algorithms end with ‘refer to seniors’ or ‘refer to specialists’. How do we refer our patients to other doctors? What must we include, what could we include, how are we most likely to make a successful referral?
Why nights shifts mess with your brain, how astronauts will cope with the time difference on Mars, and the power of frozen grapes when you need a boost.
We hear about the difficulties of life as a newly qualified doctor, one of which is the night shift. As a student, you may work late but (in the UK) it is unlikely you stay in hospital overnight unless you expressly seek out to do so. So how do you adjust and prepare for night shifts as a new doc?
What the podcast is all about, why it got the name Sharp Scratch, and why all med students should join us in figuring out the stuff we need to know but don't really get taught.