5 minutes with... Dr Caroline Johnson

If you could cure one disease in your lifetime, which one would it be? 

Schizophrenia and other mental illness associated with psychosis: nothing tears families apart so mercilessly as the challenge of accessing quality care for serious mental illness.

What has been your most embarrassing moment at work?

As a medical student, I once shaved the lacerated eyebrow of a drunken punter before suturing, only to be told that eyebrows don’t always grow back. Happily, I saw the patient a few weeks later, with both brows intact. 

What is the single best piece of advice you would give to a medical student? 

More mistakes are made by not looking or listening than by not knowing. 

What philosophical principle strongly informs the work that you do?

To be an effective doctor, you need to