“The Ultimate Altruism”

The Life Project: Raising Awareness in WA “Being an organ donor is not about what it does for you, but what it says about you.” Michael O’Reilly. 7 years ago, I started at DonateLife in Western Australia. The job of State Medical Director was a much maligned, thankless task that clinicians didn’t really fancy. ItContinue reading ““The Ultimate Altruism””

“Is it OK to Cry?”

“I was better after I had cried than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” Charles Dickens. Great Expectations. I cried quite frequently when I was working, although not in front of colleagues or patients if I could help it. Tears were a release, not an omen of imminent meltdown.Continue reading ““Is it OK to Cry?””

“Threw Him Away”

Starting a new job is confronting and disconcerting. The day before, you knew what you were doing, you were an ‘expert’. Now that you have been promoted or recruited, ironically, you’re clueless. You will definitely figure it all out, but the first few days constitute a crisis. Medicine is especially prone to that phenomenon andContinue reading ““Threw Him Away””