New on board: tips for FY1

When you're the most junior member of a hospital team, it's good to know how you can slot in seamlessly and make a positive contribution. FY1 Dr Anna Dunnigan reflects on what her first months on the wards have taught her about teamwork, happiness and working towards a common goal.

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Blood pressures

A student's medical skills save his friend a trip to the GP – but land him with a fitness to practise hearing.

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Is it OK to hug a patient?

A hug can provide comfort in difficult or emotional times, but is it a step too far in a professional environment?

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Learning to lead in medicine

Dr Johann Malawana, founder of The Healthcare Leadership Academy and former chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the BMA, explains what traits make a great leader – and why it's never too early to start learning how to lead.

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You will improve your skills as a doctor by responding positively to mistakes, learning from them and continually improving.

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Learning from medical errors

When mistakes happen in medicine, it's important to know how to respond – and how to learn from the incident for the future. Dr Michael Devlin explains.

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Why I decided to become a radiologist

The 'detective work' of diagnostics attracted Dr Lynne Burgess to a rewarding career in radiology.

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Career alternatives: claim handling

When doctors have a claim against them, they need skilled guidance and strong legal support. A claims handler plays a key role in this process.

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Career alternatives: medico-legal adviser

If you're fascinated by the ethics and values that drive doctors and the laws that govern medical practice, you might be interested in exploring a medico-legal career. We speak to two doctors whose interest in the intersection between medicine and law led them down a different path.

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