Dr Fog's tips for surviving general practice: No.4 - Expect competence, not infallibility from yourself


Medical students and doctors display a range of clinical confidence. At one end of a continuum are those who appear untroubled by self-doubt.

Perhaps they were the ones who as fourth-year med students took off to work in Uganda and returned with ripping yarns of operating by torchlight at 3 am. More timid souls (myself) had a brief attachment to the local public health unit, observing pollution in the Parramatta River.

For most of us, clinical confidence comes slowly over a career. With time, we learn more stuff, we see more