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*MEGATHREAD* Medicine 2022 entry interviews discussion

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Original post by Jackhammer28
- Begin by monitoring my own coomunication: Speak respectuflly and non-judgementally. Also, make the patient feel comfortable as talking about something personal like a varied culture may be quite sensitive.

- Inquire about their culture and be keen to learn and expand my understanding of these cultures, but also try see what the impact of their cultural background may have on their healthcare (JW don't accept blood transfusion for instance).

- If there is still a struggle for me to manage the interaction - say a language barrier, then I would try to find a doctor who would be more apt at managing the sitatuon


I don't feel like thats a very strong approach though

I think that sounds great, give yourself more credit. Maybe directly ask the patient if there's anything that has happened in the past in healthcare that made them uncomfortable due to their culture ( physical examination, etc ) and discuss what they would prefer should they ever be necessary.
Original post by Jackhammer28
- Begin by monitoring my own coomunication: Speak respectuflly and non-judgementally. Also, make the patient feel comfortable as talking about something personal like a varied culture may be quite sensitive.

- Inquire about their culture and be keen to learn and expand my understanding of these cultures, but also try see what the impact of their cultural background may have on their healthcare (JW don't accept blood transfusion for instance).

- If there is still a struggle for me to manage the interaction - say a language barrier, then I would try to find a doctor who would be more apt at managing the sitatuon


I don't feel like thats a very strong approach though

I think in addition to this, it's important to mention that assumptions can be made and each patient should be treated as an individual. Even in the case of Jehovah's witnesses, I'm pretty sure we are not to assume that they will refuse.

I do like the fact that you have mentioned how you will adapt your communication style and try to gain a better understanding through seeing things from the patient's perspective, as well as the fact that you will ask for help if you struggle.

I think it's important to also mention in your second point that doing so will really help achieve a patient-centred approach, providing options according to their beliefs, views and understanding.

In your third point, it may be useful to explain that you would observe how your colleague manages the situation and learn from it in a way that you're able to reflect and improve yourself to handle similar situations in the future.

I agree with @CatInTheCorner that you should give yourself more credit.

I hope that makes sense and helps you!
not sure if this is quite the right place to post, but I was wondering if anyone has been watching 'this is going to hurt' on bbc? I read the book a while ago and absolutely loved it, but wow this tv show just really brings it to life. I was wondering in terms of discussing this in interviews, have things improved at all since when this was based (2006 I believe, and I'm sure the answer is no in relation to problems with covid!), and if maybe one of the doctors on this thread could share their experience of relating to the challenges shown in the series? is it common for things to get this bad in medicine, and how might one deal with these challenges? feeling quite moved by the show so would love some insight. thanks :smile:
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Original post by pepsicola11
if maybe one of the doctors on this thread could share their experience of relating to the challenges shown in the series? is it common for things to get this bad in medicine, and how might one deal with these challenges? feeling quite moved by the show so would love some insight. thanks :smile:

My thoughts: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=96672038&postcount=3455

Just about to go to work but happy to answer any follow up questions on what I wrote. As it happens O&G was probably my favourite FY job :tongue:
Original post by Democracy
My thoughts: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=96672038&postcount=3455

Just about to go to work but happy to answer any follow up questions on what I wrote. As it happens O&G was probably my favourite FY job :tongue:

aahhh amazing! really excited to read through that. thank you :smile:
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So you know how the government has urged medical schools to not over offer this year, this does apply to English medical schools only and not medical schools in wales?
Original post by yara56394484
So you know how the government has urged medical schools to not over offer this year, this does apply to English medical schools only and not medical schools in wales?

There was a meeting but I dont know if they have released the minutes yet. do you know?
Original post by Democracy
My thoughts: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showpost.php?p=96672038&postcount=3455

Just about to go to work but happy to answer any follow up questions on what I wrote. As it happens O&G was probably my favourite FY job :tongue:

What do you do now if you don't mind me asking?
That feels like the duf dufs off of Eastenders :lol:
can we get a hint like + or - outcome :biggrin:
:afraid:
Hi - I have my interview on 24th and so far my biggest weakness imo would be not having kept up with news in medicine. I've mostly been reading bmj student but honestly most of them feel like personal opinions to me and I'm not really sure how to prepare for the news related questions. Would greatly appreciate if you guys have any advice for me
Original post by _Rusty_
What do you do now if you don't mind me asking?

GPST.
I thought you knew everything...
Some kind of omnipotent god of medicine applications
Is ‘tell me about yourself’ a question that is commonly asked? How do you approach this q? Thanks :smile:
Original post by sr777
Is ‘tell me about yourself’ a question that is commonly asked? How do you approach this q? Thanks :smile:

How would you approach this question?
Original post by Democracy
GPST.

Why did you choose that over obs and gyne?
Original post by sr777
Is ‘tell me about yourself’ a question that is commonly asked? How do you approach this q? Thanks :smile:

I wouldn’t say so, but it could still come up! Why not run your ideas past us? :smile:
Original post by _Rusty_
Why did you choose that over obs and gyne?


O&G was a really good four months but I'm not particularly interested in a surgical career. I like having generalist skills and think GP is much more suited to my personality, interests, and the way I'd like to work in the future :smile:
Original post by Democracy
O&G was a really good four months but I'm not particularly interested in a surgical career. I like having generalist skills and think GP is much more suited to my personality, interests, and the way I'd like to work in the future :smile:

Ahh ok so its was a great experiance. How mich time do you spend in surgical rotations?

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