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A Delightful Encounter between the Arts and Medicine

A Delightful Encounter between the Arts and Medicine

Although firmly grounded in science, there is no doubt that the day-to-day practice of medicine involves a fair amount of art. However, in the somewhat sterile world of the doctor’s consulting room, it is rare privilege to encounter “the arts” of the more creative, rather than clinical kind. I encountered such a moment this morning while conducting a … Continue reading

Limiting Scope of Practice in GP: A Philosophical Dilemma

Limiting Scope of Practice in GP: A Philosophical Dilemma

Most GPs I know pride themselves on being true generalists, and have gravitated towards this area of medicine because they enjoy the challenge and variety that comes with the territory. They also tend to value holistic, patient-centered care and the satisfaction that comes with long term doctor-patient relationships.   Inevitalby, though, each GP has strengths and … Continue reading

Dr Penny Wilson vs. Casey Parker on PCOS

Dr Penny Wilson vs. Casey Parker on PCOS

Originally posted on FOAM4GP:
Hi All Following on from Dr Rob’s post on men with an inadequate testosterone level – this week Penny and I are exploring the other end of the spectrum – the ladies with a little too much androgen – yes – the very common, yet entirely confusing PCOS podcast. No…

World Family Doctor Day

World Family Doctor Day

Today, May 19th, is World Family Doctor Day. This is the day when we general practitioners / family physicians / primary care doctors get to sit back, crack out the party poppers and pat ourselves on the back for the good work we do for our patients and communities. Here in Australia, we instinctively know … Continue reading

What Should We Teach Trainees?

What Should We Teach Trainees?

I’m in the very privileged position of having a small amount of influence in the delivery of general practice training in my part of the world. I’ve been involved in a number of thought-provoking discussions recently about what is essential education for trainees on their pathway to independent practice. I’m interested to find out from other recent graduates … Continue reading

The Bigger Picture of Patient Care

The Bigger Picture of Patient Care

I jumped in a taxi this evening outside Kalgoorlie airport and asked the driver to take me to the GP surgery where I’m working for a few weeks. His eyes lit up, “OH! Are you a doctor?!” I said that I was. He then proceeded to tell me a story about my recently retired predecessor … Continue reading

Living the Island Life

Living the Island Life

Somebody pinch me, please? I’ve just had the most terrific two-week holiday locum on the gorgeous Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third largest island, located off the coast of South Australia. KI is known for its pristine wilderness, abundance of native wildlife, high quality produce and it’s enthusiastic rural doctors. I was based at the KI Medical Clinic … Continue reading

Is it time for GP FOAM to come of age?

Is it time for GP FOAM to come of age?

There’s been a bit of discussion around about the place lately about FOAM and it’s application in general practice. As a concept, FOAM is gaining momentum all the time and is garnering a huge following all around the world. At its core, it’s clinical education by the people, for the people. The beauty of it … Continue reading

Clinical Quiz: The Rosy Cheeked Child

Clinical Quiz: The Rosy Cheeked Child

A quick spot-diagnosis quiz for this common childhood presentation. The case: A 4 year old child is sent home from daycare with a bright red facial rash on the cheeks. He has been otherwise well, although his mother reports that several other family members had cold symptoms a couple of weeks ago. On examination he … Continue reading

Modern Medical Mentorships

Modern Medical Mentorships

Some months ago, I got an email from a third year medical student asking if I would consider being her mentor for her Personal and Professional Development course for the next three years. She had attended a student obstetrics suturing workshop that I had facilitated and also had read my blog and loved my “passion … Continue reading