A Matter of Life or Death

On rare occasion I have had the unpleasant task to go to family members waiting in front of the operation theatre and inform them that a loved one has passed away on the operating table. To witness the shock, pain, suffering and sorrow of the wife and children who have just heard that they have … Read more

A Knife Through the Face

One of the most difficult things about becoming and being a doctor is the demands on your time. As a surgeon, sometimes you have to get up in the middle of the night to go sort out an emergency. That has happened many many times in my career, but I’ll never forget a case I … Read more

How to Become a Paramedic or ER Doctor

Become a Paramedic Emergency medicine is a specialty of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries that require immediate medical attention. Accidents occur uninvited – that is why we call them accidents. Do you think you would thrive on the adrenaline and the fulfillment that comes from assisting injured … Read more

Dental Implants

Hi there Apprentice Doctor! As a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, I do perform quite a number of jaw reconstructions. We use Titanium dental implants. About 30 years ago if a patient lost all their teeth, they only had one option, and that was to wear full dentures (false teeth) for the rest of their lives. … Read more

Mind-Altering Drugs

Hi there apprentice doctor! With the previous newsletter we did quite a tricky suturing technique. For this month’s newsletter we will be considering the drug industry. Pharmacological companies are multi-multi-billion dollar companies producing wonderful and unfortunately not-so-wonderful drugs for the spectrum of disciplines in modern medicine! What follows is merely my personal point of view. … Read more

What Are Good Motives For Becoming a Doctor?

Why do you want to become a Healthcare professional? This is so important! What is your motive behind becoming a medical professional? The prime, the number one, the most fundamental reason why you want to become a great medical professional is very important, because that will determine not only your success, but also the fulfillment … Read more

“So You Want to Become a Nurse…”

What is Nursing? Nursing can be defined as the general care of sick people, as opposed to the medical treatment of their diseases. A professional nurse is able to skillfully combine the art of caring with the science of healthcare. Nursing places its focus on the patient as a whole, rather than on a particular … Read more

How to Become a Dentist

What is a Dentist? A dentist can be described as a super medical specialist dedicated to the care of the teeth, mouth, jaws and surrounding organs. They have studied the physiological and disease processes affecting structures in this region, and they understand the principles of diagnosis and the management of diseases and abnormalities affecting teeth, … Read more