Cautionary Tales - Dr Sue Douglas

IT HAS been 20 years since I finished my family medicine residency in Canada, and while some things have changed in postgraduate training, others are sadly the same.

One of the things that unfortunately hasn’t changed is the unspoken message that trainees should not be bothering their consultants unless it is an emergency. Back then, if you did bother your consultant inappropriately it was at the peril of your final assessment. My reluctance to get help from the on-call consultant, based on this unspoken code, resulted in the most significant near miss of my career.

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