Surviving your first night shift

The NHS is a 24-hour service, which means night shifts are an unavoidable fact of working life. Susan Field speaks to Dr Michael Farquhar, consultant in paediatric sleep medicine, about the dangers of working when fatigued and how you can prepare for working nights.

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When should I declare a police caution?

A fifth year medical student faces an investigation by her medical school and the GMC in relation to a caution she received before starting her studies.

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Faking attendance

A second year medical student faces criticism and potential disciplinary action after signing an attendance register on behalf of a friend.

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A dangerous dose?

Medical students are taught to be wary of how they interact with pharmaceutical reps – but the relationship can also have its benefits. How can students learn to navigate the muddy ethical waters? Fourth year student and MDU member, Jessica Leighton, discusses.

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We should feel confident, empowered and safe in our ability to point out when something isn't right.

Ethical issues

A cause for concern

Are students sufficiently encouraged to make themselves heard when they witness something on the wards which isn't quite right? Second year student and MDU member Alessia Waller recounts her experience of raising a concern while on placement.

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Genetic secrets

Can a doctor disclose a patient's genetic information to family members at risk of an inherited condition? Dr Kathryn Leask explores the issues surrounding genetics and confidentiality.

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Spotting signs of DVT

GPs and hospital doctors can get in trouble for failing to identify the relatively common diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis. Dr Kathryn Leask explains what to look out for.

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On your marks for the SJT

Final year students, get a head start on the SJT with our series of practice questions.

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Vulnerable patients, consent and confidentiality

When patients are at risk of abuse or neglect, doctors must decide whether or not to breach their duty of confidentiality and share information with the relevant authorities. Dr Sarah Jarvis explains how these decisions are made.

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Coroners, inquests and your responsibilities

When you're a junior doctor on a busy ward, you will find yourself called upon to discuss patient deaths with the coroner and occasionally attend an inquest. Dr Kathryn Leask explains the process.

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