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The doctor life: 8 social skills to guarantee success at work and at home

From the moment we are born, we learn to interact with others. We are, by nature, social beings who require connection and intimacy with other humans. Well-developed social skills, including the lost art of conversation, will always stand you in good stead in any situation or environment, but particularly with your patients' satisfaction. In fact, [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 February 10th, 2016|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Medical interview hacks: Four tips to help you stand out in interviews

Job interviews, especially important ones, can fill us with stress and anxiety. However, we can prepare ourselves to mitigate the intensity of these feelings. The more you can practise and prepare, the easier and less stressful they will become. Soon you will be undertaking interviews to join a general practice. To ease you through the [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

5 (non-medical) medical books every doctor should read

Finishing a good book is highly satisfying. Books have incredible power; they can make us empathise with a character, explore different perspectives on life, experience different emotions, and ultimately become wiser. Books can be a source of knowledge, inspiration and relaxation. A well written novel can transport you to another world. As junior doctors, you [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

The eight skills every junior doctor needs

Years of studying and you've finally made it - you're a doctor - and you couldn't be more happy. Until your first day of the job that is, when you realise the 'medical honeymoon' is over. With time and experience, it will get easier. Until then, here are eight skills every junior doctor needs: 1. [...]

2017-05-30T11:30:59+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Hot tips for efficient learning for busy doctors

How can doctors fit learning and study into their busy lives without going into information overload? How can learning be made fun and integrative? What assists learning and retention of information? Dr Lisa Fraser, former GPTQ Registrar Liaison Officer answers these questions and more as she provides some ‘hot tips for efficient learning for busy [...]

2017-08-03T12:06:03+00:00 November 5th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

6 ways to not let job stress get the better of you

What is burnout? Burnout is a state of feeling chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment and feelings of ineffectiveness and may be the result of unrelenting stress. Being ‘burned out’ means feeling empty, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring. In many cases, burnout stems from your job. Anyone who feels overworked [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:05+00:00 October 27th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Behind bars: Dr Cameron Loy explains what it’s like to be a prison GP

Dr Cameron Loy, FRACGP MBBS BMedSc (Hon) DCH DRANZCOG FARGP GradDipRural, works part-time as a GP in the Metropolitan Remand Centre. When he’s not behind bars, or writing articles for australiandoctor.com.au, Cameron likes to watch and photograph the stars – the ones in the sky that is – and can tell you the difference between [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:05+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

5 inspirational medical quotes for doctors

Everyone, even doctors, need inspiration sometimes. Doctors hold a respected position within the community. In your role, everything you do matters. If you are feeling the need to be inspired, read on to find some words of wisdom. Perhaps these famous medical quotes will remind you why you choose to study medicine in the first [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Med School is Hard: 6 tools to get you through it

Let's face it, med school is hard. Studying medicine brings a unique set of mental health challenges. A study by Beyond Blue found: 1 in 2 medical students suffer from emotional exhaustion 8% of medical students have been diagnosed with depression, compared with 15% of the general population 1 in 5 medical students have thoughts [...]

2017-06-10T13:35:59+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Medical Students|

Hospital patients are more likely to die at weekends but seven-day rosters are no panacea

Peter Sivey, La Trobe University If you are admitted to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you are admitted during the week. This is known as the “weekend effect”. Evidence from the United Kingdom suggests an 11-16% increased risk of death for patients admitted on weekends, mostly [...]

2017-07-07T15:50:52+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Five minutes with Lucy Holden

Meet Lucy, medical student and chair of the General Practice Students Network at Griffith University. Where are you in your career path? I’m just getting started! I’m currently a third year medical student at Griffith University. This is my first of two years based in the hospital and I’m placed at the Gold Coast University [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 July 15th, 2015|GP Interviews, Medical Students|

Is depression a mental or physical illness? Unravelling the inflammation hypothesis

Ute Vollmer-Conna, UNSW Australia and Gordon Parker, UNSW Australia Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune response. It’s the brain’s way of conserving energy so the body can heal. This immune response can also occur in people with [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 July 15th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Eight Stress Management Techniques for Doctors

Research has shown that doctors are more prone to stress than the general population. While being an adrenaline junky might give you the drive you need to succeed, it can take its toll on you and your patients. Hospitals in particular are stressful environments where your own wellbeing never seems to be a priority. But [...]

2017-05-30T11:31:06+00:00 June 19th, 2015|GP Registrars, Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Specialty speed dating: Medical Specialties in Australia

Choosing a specialty can be one of the most daunting things you’ll have to do during your medical education. Once you’re enrolled in a specialist training program it can take a lot of time and money to change streams. Luckily, there are a number of ways to try your hand at different specialties even before [...]

2017-06-14T05:41:57+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|

Why we launched GP Options

Bad coffee. No culture. Nothing to do. There are many myths and fears preventing medical students, GP registrars and interns from seriously considering settling in regional Australia. We suspect there are many doctors who would actually love living and working in rural locations. Most country doctors tend to be people who are originally from regional areas. However, we suspect there are plenty of graduating doctors who grew up in metro areas who would actually love country life if they opened their minds and gave it a serious go.

2016-06-29T15:34:04+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Medical Students, Pre-vocational Doctors|