Blog post published as book chapter!

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! My first ever blog post – ‘Case 1: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolff‘ – has been published as a chapter in a new EM textbook: How to Not Kill Your Patients: An ER Doctor’s Guide to Life after Residency. Here is the blurb from the editor/chief author Dr. Sajid Khan… “When my […]

RCEM Learning Podcast – Deliberate Practice Part 2 (featuring PonderingEM)

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Earlier this month, Part 2 of my interview with Andy Neill (of Emergency Medicine Ireland fame) was released on the RCEM Learning podcast. Embedded below is the interview: The focus of the interview was Peak, by Anders Ericsson and Robert Poole, a book I’ve reviewed here on PonderingEM. Part 1 of the interview was released in their July 2017 podcast. As ever, I’d love to read […]

Olympians and Comedians #PerformanceLDN

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Traditionally, human factors and performance psychology are low down the priority list (or non-existent) in medical training. Students graduate from medical school with ‘academic-style’ mindsets, arguably ill-prepared for the practical, performance-dependent branches of medicine. In short, our training predisposes us to the yips. But change is afoot. On 24th June, I attended the London Performance Psychology Symposium at the Blizard Institute, close […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 4: PROCESS

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Everything in aviation we know because someone somewhere died… We have purchased, at great cost, lessons literally bought with blood… We cannot have the moral failure of forgetting these lessons and have to relearn them.” Sully Sullenberger Pilot of Flight 1549, ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ All frontline healthcare warriors will bear scars from emotionally […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 3: PERFORM

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‘Practice’ is about building a skillset, and fostering a way of life (via ‘immersion’) that serves to strengthen perception of one’s available resources when crunch time arrives. However, reality dictates that certain scenarios are impossible to prepare for, particularly in the emergency medicine arena. The more chaotic the workplace, the higher the frequency of unavoidable threat appraisals. Therefore, it is crucial […]

‘Why tomorrow’s patient needs a digital NHS’

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Dr Robert Lloyd @PonderingEM is our MC – he’s talking of the front line challenges in the NHS #DHLcollaborate pic.twitter.com/7cCmubkm82 — Keith Grimes (@keithgrimes) February 22, 2017 On February 22, I had the honour of compèring an event that brought together NHS leaders, senior clinicians and digital entrepreneurs – #DHLcollaborate. It was the one-year summit of DigitalHealth.London, an organisation […]