You’ve Been Subpoenaed

As a medical student, you hear about doctors having to give evidence in court from time to time. But until you experience it yourself, it all seems a bit surreal and even perhaps a little romanticised…depending on which television show you watch! Since beginning my internship, I have been on the receiving end of two…

On Leaving a Country Practice

My time has come to leave the Clare Medical Centre where I have worked for almost 15 months during my GP training.  This has evoked mixed emotions in me and my patients and colleagues.  I am excited about a new time in my life beginning, yet I am sad to leave good friends, colleagues and…

New year, new opportunities

This time of the year is a good chance for people to reflect on the preceding 12 months and consider their plans, expectations and goals for the next.  Most refer to these goals as “new years’ resolutions”. There have recently been a few memes and Facebook posts about how this is generally short-lived (the cut-out…

Trust me, I’m a (SNAP) doctor!

Should GPs bother asking patients about lifestyle factors? I was talking with GP registrar extraodinaire, Dr. Gerry Considine recently about how I felt that some of our attempts at preventive health in consultations can seem quite ineffectual for patients – like we are just going through the motions.  A few examples included the discussions we have…