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What made you want to be a doctor?
I wanted to be a doctor from when I was about 12. But, specifically, I always wanted to be a remote, rural doctor as I was inspired by the writings of James Heriot (although they were about a country vet) and A.J. Cronin. Five years at medical school did nothing to change my mind.
Why did you choose your specialty? As above
What’s the most interesting thing about your speciality/job?
Every single day is a novel day. I have to deal with everything and anything that comes through the door - every day is full of surprises - but unlike my colleagues in Emergency Medicine I get to follow through with my patients.
What has been your best moment in medicine?
Saving as baby's life who had meningococcal septicaemia and the only external sign were a couple of petechiae on one foot. He is 17 now and I still see him from time to time (and his granny still tells him that i am the doctor who saved his life!)
And your worst? Losing my own wife to cancer when I was 39 and we had 3 young children.
Would advice would you give prospective doctors?
Feel privileged to be doing what you are doing. How can it be a chore to make a sick person better? If you don't like what you are doing do not be frightened to change. Make sure you make time for your friends, family, loved ones and, most importantly, yourself. Learn to say no don't feel that you always have to justify it. Be prepared to work hard and embark on a path of life-long learning for which you will receive life-long reward. It's impossible to know too much as a doctor but don't confine you learning to things medical.
What’s been your favourite doc2doc discussion of all time?
Too many! The ones which highlight cultural differences (e.g. between the USA and the UK) are always fascinating and they are not always medical (e.g. gun ownership, the death penalty, etc.)
What do you do when you are not being a doctor?
I just enjoy life and strive to live in the moment. But I love reading, listening to music, watching movies, walking in the remote countryside where I live and the company of lovely, intelligent, warm people.