Straying from the typical doctor training path

I graduated as a doctor over 10 years ago now in the UK. I am still considered a ‘junior’ and will be well into my 40s. I haven’t taken the conventional or quickest career path to becoming a consultant oncologist but I would argue that the choices I have made will make me a better one.

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Travelling in Goa with toddlers

First and foremost, if you are thinking of going to Goa with toddlers, do it!! Goa is such a beautiful region and a wonderful way to open your children’s eyes to the magic of India. I found a few things useful in planning our trip and so thought it might be helpful to share them

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Musings from the wrong side of the stethoscope

Rocking up to hospital for an elective surgery was not something I had ever planned on doing. As a doctor I have always made a bad patient and I am, maybe surprising given my line of work, fearful of intervention of any kind. I always felt that as soon as doctors, hospitals and medication get

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My Health and Fitness Journey

In the photo on the left I was exhausted, crying at the drop of a hat, I was being grumpy with my toddler and my husband and I felt out of control of my own life. Arthur, my son, was 4 months old, my daughter Stella was 3. Those first few months of life with

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My Story of a life with Achalasia

“Achalasia” means failure to relax (from ancient Greek language) and this is exactly what it is, a failure of the lower section of the oesophagus to open so that food gets stuck and causes discomfort. My symptoms started when I was 25.  The first problem I remember is regurgitating a completely undigested column of chicken

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Junior Doctor’s Strike: Lessons from the Past

We are on the eve of the doctor’s strike over the proposed junior doctor contract. What are the reasons that this most conservative of professional groups is taking strike action? Is it just about the money? The background to the doctors’ strike is the righteous search by the Government to improve on standards of medical

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