WONCA Rural Conference 2015 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

I was extraordinarily privileged to be able to attend and contribute to the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Rural Conference in picturesque Dubrovnik, Croatia on 15th-18th April, 2015 (on Twitter: #woncarural2015). The conference also had a specific stream for the Croatian college of family doctors (KoHOM) 6th congress, with a mascot which, after a…

Social Media for Health Professionals

This 5-minute video podcast outlines how and why I use social media as a health professional, briefly touching on some of the potential pitfalls. As part of a dynamic team of rural general practitioners and students who find great benefits in the use of social media, especially Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM/FOAMed/FOAM4GP), I was…

Study Tips for GP Registrars

I have had several requests from general practice (GP) registrars in the last few months, asking about exam study advice, including the million-dollar question, “what do I need to focus my study on?!”  I am by no means an expert on study techniques, however having recently achieved Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General…

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…