Young doctors: Don’t be cannon fodder for the legal big guns

This advice about legal pitfalls you may face early in your career might save you from learning about them the hard way

Having read Dr Elizabeth Oliver’s wonderful Australian Doctor article ‘10 things I wish I’d understood in my first GP training term’, I thought I might try to list a few medicolegal learnings I wish I had understood in my early postgraduate days.

How naive I was.

I should lay the groundwork for this by saying that there was no RACGP back then, there were no GP training programs and doctors were all expected to become specialists — a class that did not include GPs.

Further, while the MDOs had been around