‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 2: PRACTICE

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In MMTM Part 1, two-step cognitive appraisals were explained. This process dictates whether one enters a challenged or threatened mindset in the event where an immediate performance is required under acute stress. Feeling challenged, of course, is one of the two chief components of a mentally tough individual. “I am 100% committed” “I feel challenged” In this post, we […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 1: Cognitive Appraisals

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It has been an exciting period for me recently. Last month I was at the International Special Training Centre (ISTC) in Pfullendorf, Germany, where I had the honour of speaking to a group of Special Operations Combat Medics in-training from eleven nations across NATO. Staying at the base, meeting the guys, and contributing to their fantastic 26-week […]

Resources for ISTC NSOCM students

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This is a post intended for the NSOCM students I presented to last week at the ISTC The title of my session was: ‘Practice, Perform, Process': Strategies for Building Mental Toughness. Here are some of the resources I used to design the session, which I believe will be useful for you guys. Books On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology […]

The ‘Deliberate Practice Mindset’

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Performance improvement is an interest of mine. I have previously blogged and podcasted about the strategies I employed to lift my game (from rock-bottom) when working in an extreme environment – a South African township ED. I first became aware of ‘deliberate practice’ after reading an excellent St. Emlyn’s post last year. I had never encountered […]

EMJ Blog – Nuances of Neurogenic Shock

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In my latest EMJ blog, I’ve reviewed an interesting recent paper from Taylor et al that explores some of the finer details of neurogenic shock – a rare, but potentially lethal complication of spinal trauma. Click here for the post. Here is the original paper: Presentation of neurogenic shock within the emergency department. Matthew Pritam Taylor, Paul […]

EMJ Blog – How Junior Doctors Think: A Guide for Reflective Practice

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A very interesting paper has been published in the EMJ recently (June 2016), qualitatively exploring the subject of metacognition in UK-based junior doctors. It’s a must-read. I’ve blogged about it. I’d love to hear reader’s thoughts via the comments section (either on here or the EMJ blog site). The original paper: Clinical reasoning of junior doctors in […]