• 31 May, 2023
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CPR training Better Safe Than Sorry The very funny true story of how I attempted CPR, but broke the patients legs, emptied the patient's orifices of bodily fluids, broke all their ribs, but maybe just saved their life (or so I'd like to think). read more
Three Tips for taking a Medical History Taking a history is a skill. It takes a long time to develop this skill. History taking is part of the process of clinical reasoning. I think of clinical reasoning of being the process whereby you compare the information you have at hand - from your history, examination and investigations - to that 'encyclopaedia' you have in… read more
Lightening Strike Lightning Strikes Twice! Lightening strikes are literally 1 per million events. So I was shocked (ahem) recently when I had two presentations in the same day! Learn what to do about lightening strikes from a doctor caught in a freak storm. read more
Barney Burping I can’t burp For years, patients have suffered with an inability to burp. Now, a new syndrome has been described, including a cure! read more
Hey – I just met you, and this is crazy, but you’ve got Tetanus, so take this Ig A 65 year old male presents to the Emergency Department with a 3-day history of worsening, painful stiff neck. He reports that he is not able to sleep due to the pain and has seemingly very limited ROM of his neck from the end of the bed. He also reports night sweats, and has a… read more

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Junior Doctors Emigrate Australia New Zealand How to Get a Job In Australia or New Zealand Career advice for junior doctors thinking of emigrating to Australia or New Zealand. From a doctor who did it. read more
Almostadoctor wins an award for doctor! Very exciting news! For his work on almostadoctor, our founder, Dr Tom Leach has been named as one of the ‘Top Medical Innovators’ by the Health Service Journal in their latest edition.   Named alongside actual real import people who’ve done proper stuff, including Sir Bruce Keogh (Medical Director of the NHS), Ben Goldacre, and… read more
12 Apostles Victoria Australia So, why do you want to move to Australia anyway? Ah yes. So, why do you want to move to Australia (or New Zealand) anyway? Often accompanied by the ‘Oh so you didn’t get into CMT / A+E / [insert name of desired training track] in the UK then?’ Errr no. Actually I didn’t apply, thanks. It’s my dream to move to Australia. I’m not… read more
MTAS (Moving to Australia Soon) Why do so may doctors move to Australia and New Zealand? read more
Balanitis / bellenditis… you decide. A problem of a personal nature... read more
Chinese opera ward round. Image by shengjingyoujian - from flickr What a lovely morning for the Opera Back during my FY1 medicine attachment, I had the pleasure of looking after Mr C, a Chinese gentleman in his eighties, on the Stroke rehabilitation ward of our DGH. Not only had he had a stroke, he was also very deaf and only spoke Mandarin. His daughter managed to communicate with him by putting her… read more