Thursday, 31 March 2011


Today I got to scrub up for a Caesarean section, absolutely amazing experience! Afterwards the mum thanked me, thinking that by occasionally holding retracters open that i had donse some useful. Its thinks like this that remind me why I love medicine, how lucky am I to do a course where I get to do something as amazing as seeing a birth.

Friday, 25 March 2011


Two anectdotes to mention on this lovely Friday afternoon

Today the Fuddled Medic went to see the Dentist, this is something that scares the living daylights out of her. Whilst being prodded and poked the FM was asked what she thought of the NHS reforms. Unable to answer the Dentist proceeded to state that as well as medicine he recommended medical students do another degree in business studies due to how things are proceeding. The FM wants to be a doctor, not a businessman.

Yesterday the FM asked the consult she was shadowing if they were on the health care of the elderly ward. The consultant whispered in my ear that all medical wards eventually become geriatric wards.

The FM isn't a business person but she knows that caring for the elderly is expensive business, and judging by how a considerable quantity of private care homes are run making profit and high quality health care of the elderly wards probably aren't hand in hand

Monday, 21 March 2011


In 369 days the elective period starts, the FM wants to be a paediatrician and want to do this during her elective. Somewhere warm would be nice, english speaking perhaps. The FM is not very good at languages. The FM should probably have started to think about electives earlier and is reading through past elective reports.

Any suggestion from readers out there? Or just a place to start

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Earlier on this blogs historyI posted about acronyms, here is another one.
What can LOC stabd for?

Thursday, 17 March 2011


As part of my training the FM gets sent to different hospital sites, who do things differently to one another.

At hospital B everything is timetabled, you rock up on your first day and they give you a timetable with all the clinics assigned to you, times of lectures, days with other specialities etc. If a clinic you were down to attend gets cancelled you tell the administrator and they rearrange another one for you. They seem to take pride in how organised they are and how much they do for the students.

At hospital C you turn up and are given a list of phone numbers and told which consultants you are assigned to. It is then up to you to find out when clinics are on and to sign up to things.

I accept that medical students should be quite proactive in doing things for themselves, but I am sceptical as to how one hospital is able to provide more timetables and look after you better then another.

Saturday, 12 March 2011


Can you make training tommorow Fuddled?

Fuddled Medic quickly consults timetable and see's that he has a lecture at four, which is due to finish as five. Indeed the FM can turn up, or so he thought. Bloody lecture runs over by half an hour, so is unable to get back in time to attend.

I hate it when this happens, making a commitment and then having to break it

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Sad and Mad

Few things make the FM Sad and/or Mad, the FM like to keep non-judgmental and not let things affect him. Here I make an exception.

On the way to clinic this morning I saw a woman driving who was smoking at the same time. Then I saw a child sitting in the back seat.

Bloody Hell

Monday, 7 March 2011

Surely Not

One thing that medical school has done to the Fuddled Medic is to make him very good at passing exams. Thankfully I have not yet failed one, although I admit I have come close.

Today I found out I have passed another one. Only two more sets of exams stand between me and being an FY1. Scary.

And yet I still feel like I know nothing, I know enough to pass tests, but enough to be a doctor?

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


I have only seen a little bit of "Junior Doctor - Your life in their hands." What little I saw annoyed me, why on earth anyone would want to be shadowed by a camera crew whilst doing this job is beyond me.

Plus the music irritated me, seemed to make the job glamorous which it certainly is not.

Apparently though (I did not see this bit), one doctor had not performed a PR whilst in medical school, (The FM has done one). I thought this was something you had to get signed off to say you were competant to do?