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How To Choose The Best Medical Field For You

** In Collaboration**  Choosing a career in medicine is just the first step in becoming a doctor. The biggest decision that you will have to make in the career is selecting which field of medicine you will go into and specialise in. Whether it’s obstetrics, family medicine, gynaecology or even the biggy – neurosurgery alongside people like Dr Timothy Steel – there is a field out there perfectly suited for you. The problem is working out which one you want to do. It’s a decision that will affect the rest of your career, so it is important to make sure it is the right one. You need to consider many different factors, which we will look into in this article. The work environment Each speciality has a balance between inpatient (hospital) and outpatient (clinic) medicine. When thinking about the field of medicine you want to go into, it is important to consider whether you love the pressure and intensity of caring for critically ill patients, or whether you want to be part of their long term recovery in an outpatient clinic. Research and academic opportunities In pretty much every speciality, there is (or should be) the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge and get involved in research. However, some areas have better chances than others at offering academic prestige and funding. Work-life balance Whatever field you go into, there’s going to be long hours and pressure. That’s the very […]

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‘Operation GTFO’- Tips to plan introduction chapters

While many PhD theses are different, depending on location and area of research, most require at least one introductory chapter. This introductory chapter sets the scene for the thesis by introducing the thesis area and discussing relevant previous research. My thesis is going to have two introduction chapters, the first providing background information about sharks, the conservation challenges shark species […]

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Different ways of staying organised

Arguably one of the most important skills when completing a PhD (or any other degree for that matter) is organisation. There are always a million tasks to complete, and when you throw work, having a social life, and sleeping into the mix it can get overwhelming. Although, there is often no way of being less busy- there are a few […]

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10 Foods That Soothe Your Gut

** In collaboration**  Food is amazing. It doesn’t matter whether you are a sorcerer of steak, a lover of legumes or a fiend for fruit, food has something that brings people together. It’s not just a key to bring family and friends together around the dining table, but it’s what we need for survival. Thankfully, most of the population has come a long way from the diet of the caveman – though some do prefer the Paleo way of life today – and food is a source of nutrition, health and enjoyment all rolled into one. Food plays a very important role in health, because you are what you eat. If you prefer a diet filled with processed foods and refined sugars, you’re not going to necessarily be unhealthy, but you’re going to feel sluggish and lacking in energy much of the time. It’s not because any food is inherently ‘bad’ for you, but because all food plays a role in the way your body performs. For example, without regular water, your body will feel tired, dehydrated and you can develop headaches because your brain isn’t as hydrated as it should be. Similarly, the digestive tract has a vital role in your health, and because it’s responsible for absorbing the nutrients that you consume and eliminates waste, you have to ensure your digestive tract stays as healthy as possible. By not looking after your health, you can end up developing […]

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‘Operation GTFO’- Step 1.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen one of my few references to ‘operation gtfo’. I have had a few questions asking what it is all about. Well, basically, I think that when you get to a particular stage in your PhD journey- just after ‘the rut’, the stage where you can kind of see the end, […]

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PhD update, November.

I am not sure if it is the fact that it is half-way through November, that I have a million and one things to do, that I had a whirlwind trip around the USA for a couple of weeks, or (my money is on this one) a combination of all the above. But, I am feeling slightly unmotivated and overwhelmed […]

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