by Anja Werno. Burn-out in medicine is common - as the recent ASMS survey has confirmed. The feeling that goes along with burnout has individual qualities, here is how it felt for me.
by Nicola Pereira. At seventeen, my friend suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. The impact shattered our youthful sense of invulnerability and changed the trajectory of her life...
by Glenn Colquhoun. I wrote this poem after contemplating almost 20 years working as a doctor. It occurred to me how often my head had been noisy during consultations over that time and how often I had been grumpy or tired or worried about what to do next ...
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Glenn Colquhoun talks to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand about 'Late love,' his recent book about the overlap in his life between poetry and medicine as well as his work as a GP working with young people in Horowhenua.
Our mystery man was still on a ventilator, I hoped asleep as a result of the sedation we were giving him rather than unconscious due to a massive head injury. What I did know was that he was far too unstable for us to move him to be scanned in order to find out one way or the other.
Holocaust Memorial Speech (He Korero Maumaharatanga mo te mate Kohuru Kino nui i te wa o te Holocaust) Korero whakataki Speech introduction Tihei mauri ora! E nga...
by Sinéad Donnelly. I wrote this piece on Christmas Eve, the day I met this patient. It is consoling to read again every year, as Christmas can be lonely as an immigrant to New Zealand.
Sanibona - I See You by Jane Millar. Working as a doctor in South Africa there is more joy than sadness and more successes than defeats. But human nature’s downfall is to dwell on the struggles. Rather than letting these negative thoughts fester, I have composed a memoir … the process has been liberating.
A Post Mortem with Sir Keith Simpson by Paul Reeve. When I reflect back on why I started on my rather unorthodox career, I appreciate that there have been multiple factors. One was an experience I had as a first year house officer at the Royal and Ancient Hospital of Saint Bartholomews. It made me appreciate I probably wasn’t cut out for a London teaching hospital career.
Obstetrics in Africa by Paul Reeve. I never ceased to be surprised at what you can do when you have to, where you have to, if you are thrown in at the deep end . My one and only hysterectomy may be an extreme example of that. It might not have happened in the First World, even over thirty years ago, but we generally had a lot less supervision and most of us coped as we learnt from bitter experience. I only hope not too many patients were harmed in the process.
by Alistair Macdonald. I am now a retired renal physician. The Medicine Stories Project struck me as a fantastic idea. I have always thought that one of the important things that was missing in medicine was the narrative. This story reflected the fluid nature of how important it is to make decisions on the basis of one’s own experiences. Louis Pasteur said “Chance favours the prepared mind”. On reflection, I think in my own discursive fashion, this is what I think my thoughts were at the time.