Health

Controversial Charlie: a conversation about medical ethics

Five days ago, Sydney urological surgeon Professor Henry Woo tweeted about crowdfunding for medical procedures, which has since polarised public opinion about the surgeon in the centre of the controversy: Professor Charlie Teo. Prof Woo observed that neurosurgeon Prof Teo featured in over 100 campaigns on popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe, with patients raising in excess …

Health Lifestyle

Weighted blankets: yay or no weigh?

Weighted blankets have had a rise in popularity over the past year. They are strongly marketed for kids with ADHD, but they are also being used by adults for insomnia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other mental health illnesses. It is believed that the deep touch pressure stimulation provided by the weight of the …

Junior Doctors Lifestyle

Leadership

This year I have had the opportunity to speak at various conferences following the media exposure of my blog post “The Ugly Side of Becoming a Surgeon”. Two days ago, I had the pleasure of giving the opening plenary at the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) National Leadership Development Seminar, where delegates from medical schools …

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Mindfulness in Medical Schools

Mindfulness is currently taught in some medical schools as part of the curriculum, some as an elective, and at others not at all. Mindfulness has increased in popularity over the past decade, particularly in the corporate world. Just like anything else that enters the mainstream, it polarises people. It seems to create a visceral reaction …