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Exchange Opportunities for Medical Students

Exchange Opportunities for Medical Students

As they navigate through Medical School, students are exposed to a varying number of opportunities, and among them gentle invitations to explore the medical perspectives of other nations. From in-class interactions with their colleagues from different parts of the...

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The Management of Sore Throat

The Management of Sore Throat

Sore throat is one of the most common presenting symptoms in the general practice setting. The most common cause of sore throat is viral infection. Commonly implicated viruses include rhinovirus, coronavirus, adenovirus, influenza and parainfluenza viruses. The most...

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Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, both in the U.K. and worldwide. This prevalence of this devastating illness is increasing, partially due to rising rates of obesity, but also as a consequence of an ageing population. The...

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Writing a Great Doctor’s CV

Writing a Great Doctor’s CV

As a doctor, you have completed some very rigorous education and certification. You might even think that you don’t need to put much thought or effort into your CV because of how highly skilled and educated you are. But hiring managers still have things they are...

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Claudius Galen

Claudius Galen

The Greek physician, Claudius Galen, is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of Medicine. Galen was the greatest physician of his era and was also a skilled surgeon and renowned philosopher. He was responsible for numerous advances in the...

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The Initial Trauma Assessment Part 1 – The Primary Survey

The Initial Trauma Assessment Part 1 – The Primary Survey

The initial assessment and management of the seriously injured trauma patient is both challenging and anxiety-inducing for many clinicians. It is an undertaking that requires a cool head, systematic approach, speed, and good clinical judgement. The Advanced Trauma...

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Blood Transfusion Reactions

Blood Transfusion Reactions

Blood transfusion can be a life-saving treatment of great clinical benefit but also carries several risks and potential associated problems including: Immunological complications Administration errors (‘wrong blood’ episodes) Infections (bacterial, viral, possibly...

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Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (BRUE)

Brief Resolved Unexplained Events (BRUE)

The term Apparent Life Threatening Event (ALTE) is one that is very familiar to those of us that have worked in paediatrics for any length of time. The term ALTE originated from a 1986 National Institutes of Health Consensus on Infantile Apnoea and was intended to...

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The Story of Rene Laennec and the First Stethoscope

The Story of Rene Laennec and the First Stethoscope

No single piece of equipment is more synonymous with the medical profession than the stethoscope. I can vividly remember wearing my brand new Littmann stethoscope with pride on ward rounds as a medical student, desperately trying to discern diastolic murmurs and extra...

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