The Ugly Side of Exercise #RSMFrontline

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Last week I attended ‘Frontline resuscitation’, a one-day conference hosted on by the Military Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (#RSMFrontline). Its aim was to ‘showcase cutting edge developments in resuscitation medicine and provide understanding of how these can be translated to military medicine’. I was one several civilian attendees keen to benefit from some […]

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 […]