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A day in the life of a prison doctor (nucleus - spring 2007)

'I can give up crime, doc, anyone can do that - but how can I stop behaving violently? It's the only thing I know!' Michael puts his head in his hands, 'I'm going to hit someone soon, I know it, and then I'll be finished'. Michael is part of that...

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MMC fiasco: prayer & support

Most doctors will have been growingly aware of the problems around 'Modernising Medical Careers' (MMC) and a joint revolt by both juniors and seniors about the latest computer disasters culminated in a major Government climb down on 6 March. ...
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Portfolio Careers (triple helix - summer 2006)

Key Points Charles Handy, Oxbridge management guru, coined the term portfolio career in the late eighties. It describes a CV made up of several careers rather than one full-time job. Doctors are beginning to branch out into portfolio careers, and several CMF members have very successful ones. Advantages include flexibility,...

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Dismayed and Discarded (triple helix - summer 2006)

Key Points In March the Department of Health announced that international medical graduates (IMGs) now require work permits. This affects up to 15,000 foreign doctors currently working in the NHS or looking for work post-PLAB, as well as those doctors intending to come to the UK in the near future....

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Medicine - high ideal or great idol? (nucleus - winter 2006)

It is an immense privilege to pursue a career in medicine: few careers are more sought after or respected. The history of our profession is marked by countless men and women who have strived selflessly to serve the needs of their fellow men, through long years of study and tiring...

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Making it in British Medicine - (Book Review) (triple helix - winter 2006)

Author Sabina Dosani was staffing a BMA stand at a careers fair when she was overwhelmed by enquiries from International Medical Graduates (IMGs). She responded by co-authoring this book which is crammed with succinct information for both recently arrived graduates and doctors contemplating a move to the UK. The expected...

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Good Medical Practice - A Draft for Consultation. Response to the GMC from CMF (30/11/2005)

Introduction The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) is an interdenominational organisation with more than 4,500 British doctors as members. All are Christians who desire their professional and personal lives to be...
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Choked by thorns (nucleus - autumn 2005)

A farmer went to sow some seed.  Some fell on a path and was eaten by birds, some fell on infertile soil, some fell among thorns, and some fell on good soil, reaping a bountiful harvest. We are all familiar with the story,[1] but how does it relate to us...

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Medical unemployment and the brain drain (triple helix - autumn 2005)

The issues surrounding medical unemployment have been rehearsed endlessly in the Christian and secular medical press.[1,2] Our UK graduates have become articulate as they contemplate unemployment at the start of the two year Foundation Programme. Meanwhile the UK, with one of the highest dependencies on overseas graduates compared to other...

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Me - a Witness to Patients? (nucleus - winter 2005)

Many students feel frustrated that there are limitations set on the clinical procedures they can do on the wards before they qualify. When it comes to being a Christian witness, no such boundaries exist: students have at least as much opportunity as anybody else, and usually more time. So take...

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