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    (Original post by Stanley90)

    I realise the older population will care about appearance to an extent, but I also think that these days people are generally much more concerned about the quality of care they receive and as such pay more attention to the doctor's mannerisms and overall rapport with them (does he/she listen/allow them to speak etc).
    Good to see communication skillz brainwashing is alive and kicking!

    I agree, everyone wants to be looked after by a nice doctor. Professional image is also one part in building good rapport. They want someone who they can take seriously and trust when they have their finger up their bum for example.

    This is even more pertinent when you are a medical student. Patients inherently distrust you because you aren't qualified and you are effectively having to cajole them into letting you clerk them/examine them/practise sometimes awkward and painful procedures on them.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Yeah, course they don't....:rolleyes: I'm sure all the old ladies who still dress up to go see their GP notice exactly what everyone is wearing. If you think no-one notices or cares about what you wear, think again. They may not say anything, but it is noticed.

    A particularly bad day in GP included a little old lady who said to me "now that's a nice skirt, where did you get it, I think I might get one too..." :eek:
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    (Original post by junior.doctor)
    A particularly bad day in GP included a little old lady who said to me "now that's a nice skirt, where did you get it, I think I might get one too..." :eek:
    Aha hey, at least you built some rapport!
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Good to see communication skillz brainwashing is alive and kicking!
    Funnily enough that part came from my experiences as a patient and not a med student. Now I understand how valuable (and rare) it really is. No cliche intended, but it really is hard to find doctors who actually care, or maybe that's just my experience.
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    (Original post by RollerBall)
    Not really, hence I've lost most of my Welsh accent growing up. I originally lived in Merthyr Tydfil which was a proper valleys town, I moved out when I was ~7-8 though.

    Cwmbran is in the valleys (Cwmbran literally means vally of the crow) but it doesn't hold much of an accent.
    The other exit off the roundabout by newport, right? Nice little place, my band played the opening ceremony for the shopping center a couple of years back IIRC.
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    Another thread answered my other question about choosing a specialty (regards to junior.doctor :chaplin: )

    I'd appreciate some of the oldies' thoughts on a related question: how soon do we need to home in on a specialty, or at least ideas thereof? Or phrased differently, how important is it that we do so early on? I haven't the foggiest what I want to do (or indeed don't want to do, as it often boils down to), and probably won't do until final year at least. Yet there's already a pressure to 'specialise', as it were, what with some friends & acquaintances being so sure of themselves - many having related 'research' placements this summer. I appreciate a lot of that is just CV/ego posturing, and that choices will change significantly over time for many. But still, it's hard not to be intimidated by the gunners out there

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    (Original post by Blatant Troll)
    Another thread answered my other question about choosing a specialty (regards to junior.doctor :chaplin: )

    I'd appreciate some of the oldies' thoughts on a related question: how soon do we need to home in on a specialty, or at least ideas thereof? Or phrased differently, how important is it that we do so early on? I haven't the foggiest what I want to do (or indeed don't want to do, as it often boils down to), and probably won't do until final year at least. Yet there's already a pressure to 'specialise', as it were, what with some friends & acquaintances being so sure of themselves - many having related 'research' placements this summer. I appreciate a lot of that is just CV/ego posturing, and that choices will change significantly over time for many. But still, it's hard not to be intimidated by the gunners out there

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    :five: for the use of the word gunner

    I don't know when speciality training applications need to be in in your F2 year but by then

    I would think having an idea by the end of F1 is reasonable? A lot of people have said to me your perspectives may change about something if you actually work in that field, rather than student it up on a firm.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Standards are slipping!

    All these random non medics and 'prefreshers' posting in here! Take that "I hate uni" thread, has a SALT student and a random BSc Scientist posting in it.....:rolleyes:
    Hardly any though. And they're mostly people going to medical school in September. Chill man.
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    (Original post by Kinkerz)
    Hardly any though. And they're mostly people going to medical school in September. Chill man.
    Been through this many a time before. Applicants who have accepted offers are not medical students, the same way that medical students who have passed finals are not doctors until they graduate. If, suddenly they have and I have missed something, then perhaps the forum should be changed to 'current medical students, doctors and those who have accepted offers from university'. It is courtesy to those who are medics and doctors to not post in this subforum.

    The whole reason I left for some months was an incident with a so called 'pre fresher' who overstepped the boundaries with regards to what is acceptable behaviour and what is not, even more relevant now with the BMA's guidance on social networking and the use of public fora.

    So keep it tight, keep it regulated...there is a reason why I feel so strongly about this.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Been through this many a time before. Applicants who have accepted offers are not medical students, the same way that medical students who have passed finals are not doctors until they graduate. If, suddenly they have and I have missed something, then perhaps the forum should be changed to 'current medical students, doctors and those who have accepted offers from university'. It is courtesy to those who are medics and doctors to not post in this subforum.
    I guess I just don't feel so anal about it. The odd post here and there isn't exactly offensive. Also, there are medics who have posted in the doctors' thread.

    The whole reason I left for some months was an incident with a so called 'pre fresher' who overstepped the boundaries with regards to what is acceptable behaviour and what is not, even more relevant now with the BMA's guidance on social networking and the use of public fora.
    That's the 'risk' you run on these websites though. And I'm obviously not informed about your particular situation, but I suspect that it probably would've happened whether the 'perpetrator' posted or not (if they did). Applicants etc. will stalk this thread to hell anyway, irrespective of whether they post. I don't want to see it flooded with posts from non-medics, but occasional ones or from people definitely heading to medical school I have no issue with.
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    (Original post by Tech)
    The other exit off the roundabout by newport, right? Nice little place, my band played the opening ceremony for the shopping center a couple of years back IIRC.
    Cwmbran? Yeah, off the M4, onto the newport roundabout down two dual carriage ways and you're there.

    The shopping centre has been here for years though, like since the 80s. It's like the largest undercover centre in Wales or something.
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    (Original post by Kinkerz)
    I guess I just don't feel so anal about it. The odd post here and there isn't exactly offensive. Also, there are medics who have posted in the doctors' thread.


    That's the 'risk' you run on these websites though. And I'm obviously not informed about your particular situation, but I suspect that it probably would've happened whether the 'perpetrator' posted or not (if they did). Applicants etc. will stalk this thread to hell anyway, irrespective of whether they post. I don't want to see it flooded with posts from non-medics, but occasional ones or from people definitely heading to medical school I have no issue with.
    Cool stuff, I do. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one then.
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    even more relevant now with the BMA's guidance on social networking and the use of public fora.
    Firstly, welcome back.

    Secondly, yeah that scared me a little. I spent a good half day stalking my posts on here just to make sure I wasn't doing anything dodgy. I don't think I have though; I was just a little paranoid after reading that document. :ninja:
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    (Original post by RollerBall)
    Cwmbran? Yeah, off the M4, onto the newport roundabout down two dual carriage ways and you're there.

    The shopping centre has been here for years though, like since the 80s. It's like the largest undercover centre in Wales or something.
    Yeah I heard it was famous for something. I think they were opening a new bit of it a couple of years ago though, with bowling and a cinema or something? don't really remember!
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    After digi left I went back and edited a load of posts from my history. I was way to easy to find if you knew what to look for. My facebook is now properly private, too, so I guess something good has come of all this.


    I guess I'm not too anal about people who have unconditional offers posting here, as long as it doesn't take the piss. They'll have their own Freshers 2011 thread in a few weeks anyway.
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    nhs bursary absolutely does my head in; it's such a ridiculous system. looks like i have to live off £2200 for the next two years. i'd much rather have the tuition fees loan than miss out on over a grand of the maintenance loan!
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    (Original post by digitalis)
    Cool stuff, I do. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one then.
    I was going to say that really if they have unconditionals it's no different to people posting after august results and their places are confirmed, but we stuck to a freshers thread until we started.

    So pre-freshers if you want to post in this forum and your place is unconditional then I don't see a problem with you making a freshers thread when all the results are in, but please stick out of this thread and others in the forum until you've started. Ta.
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    (Original post by Fission_Mailed)
    After digi left I went back and edited a load of posts from my history. I was way to easy to find if you knew what to look for. My facebook is now properly private, too, so I guess something good has come of all this.


    I guess I'm not too anal about people who have unconditional offers posting here, as long as it doesn't take the piss. They'll have their own Freshers 2011 thread in a few weeks anyway.
    Don't know how they connected the username with the real name except perhaps through pictures posted on the forums (although that's epically stalkerish!) but the facebook request thing was through the University network, not through TSR, so just make sure you've not made it so that anyone in your uni network can request/see you. Then again to join the Glasgow one you have to have a Glasgow email so I'm not sure how they were getting into the network!

    Personally I think there are bigger things to worry about but each to their own.
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    (Original post by lekky)
    Don't know how they connected the username with the real name except perhaps through pictures posted on the forums (although that's epically stalkerish!) but the facebook request thing was through the University network, not through TSR, so just make sure you've not made it so that anyone in your uni network can request/see you. Then again to join the Glasgow one you have to have a Glasgow email so I'm not sure how they were getting into the network!

    Personally I think there are bigger things to worry about but each to their own.
    The Notts one requires an email address too.

    I was more concerned about having, amongst other things, named my town which is fairly small. That would make it very easy to figure out who I am if you were, say, an inquisitive admin person at my uni.
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    (Original post by Fission_Mailed)
    The Notts one requires an email address too.

    I was more concerned about having, amongst other things, named my town which is fairly small. That would make it very easy to figure out who I am if you were, say, an inquisitive admin person at my uni.
    I would be incredibly surprised if anyone cared never mind had the time to track you down, and even if they have if you haven't written anything horrendous why is it a problem?
 
 
 
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