Articles By: Doctors Mess Editor

Medical Student 101 – Coffee

Medical Student 101 – Coffee

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Mess Editor, on the devilishly addictive appeal of coffee[/box] There is an existential struggle which burns within the depths of my soul most mornings; an urge which threatens to tear me asunder as I fight the temptation to simply give in. It begins with an enticing suggestion floating into my mind under the pretence of spontaneity […]

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Junior Doctors Strike Back: The Hashtag Awakens

Junior Doctors Strike Back: The Hashtag Awakens

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Doctors’ Mess Editor, on the ways in which junior doctors are striking back (haha get it?) against spin, lies and more spin[/box] Amidst the spin, lies and general stench of excrement emanating from Mr Hunt and his cronies in the right wing press during this junior doctor contract dispute, comes a sense of increasing desperation. There […]

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Maybe holding the newborn cub over the edge of a pretty precarious looking cliff isn't the best idea?

Stories from the Bedside – The Circle of Life and the Miracle of Childbirth

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Mess Editor, with stories hot from the labour ward.[/box] Ah the miracle of childbirth. Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life it still retains a uniquely romantic and vital status in the eyes of many and for some it is the defining moment of their lives. But how many of us, even medical students, truly […]

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A masked protestor from the Occupy protests of 2011

Medical Student 101 – A guide to protesting

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Mess Editor, with a brief look at the art of protesting[/box] The gloomy spectre of the junior doctor contract reforms looms over all of us as medical students. Any attempts to escape its ghastly shadow in order to gain a little respite from the crushing despair further news of the attacks bring are simply futile. There […]

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Medical students and doctors gathered to protest the DDRB contract reform proposals at the venue for the (cancelled) NHS Employers meeting

Stories from the Bedside – A tumultuous beginning to fifth year

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Mess Editor, back with a vengeance and raging against the (Government) machine.[/box] With the finish line just beginning to peek over the horizon, I find myself in an increasingly contemplative mood. Fifth year, my penultimate year at medical school, brings with it new responsibilities and expectations. It is becoming difficult to ignore the fact that in […]

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"Tomorrow is my day. The day. I'll get everything done then." said every student ever

In Defence of Procrastination

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, Doctors’ Mess Editor, attempts to mount a defence of procrastination and offers some tips on maximising time spent on breaks.[/box] Why do we procrastinate? A propensity for self sabotage? A thirst for failure? An Appetite for Destruction? Definitely. Especially that last one. But also because it’s fun. So much more fun than work. Studying. Being responsible. […]

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Future scene of the apocalypse?

Exam season library etiquette

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Jun Lao, new Doctors’ Mess editor, tackling the issues that matter to you…library seat availability[/box] Imagine the scene. As the sun peeks over the horizon a crowd of glassy eyed and bedraggled shadows are stumbling and converging on a domed building with a lone flag fluttering in the wind. The climactic scene in a zombie apocalypse movie where […]

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A Stroke of Time by Connell McMenamin

I met her in her house She couldn’t move her right side but inside she was warmer than the pictures of her close ones on the walls.   Her lover loved her it was clear to see and so was she not concerned about mobility.   A stroke she’d had or a stroke of luck never had she on her […]

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Wizened – Anonymous

Have you ever wondered? Why elderly people Say what they think? Perhaps They can get away with it.

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An Alpine Adventure

An Alpine Adventure

By Rebekah Nixon, BLSA After studying hard all term I was ready for a Christmas holiday abroad. Luckily, all was already planned and to a place I know well, Flaine. My family has been going there for about six years. Most may not know it, since it is a small ski resort in France an hour away from Geneva. It’s […]

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