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Junior Doctor September 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 digital edition of Junior Doctor. Here we address a variety of medicolegal topics to help you develop your skills as a doctor.

In this edition, we provide you with practical tips should you receive a complaint from the HPCSA. We remind you of the importance of keeping good medical records and provide you with tips to survive the night shift. We also offer an insight into what it is like to work in anatomical pathology, and summarise the relevant parts of the Health Professions Act.

Volume 5, issue 2


Welcome to the latest edition of MPS’s Junior Doctor magazine.

Medical school teaches you about pathology and patients, but doesn’t always teach you about the administrative duties required to manage those conditions and treat patients.

The first day on the wards, learning about systems and processes, can be a daunting time for junior doctors. Dr Lynelle Govender explains how you can prepare for the challenges ahead by getting to grips with the paper trail, communicating effectively with colleagues, and ensuring you practise with supervision where possible.

We also look at another administrative minefield: the J88 form and how to complete it accurately. Being a member of MPS offers many benefits, not least offering protection where state indemnity leaves off. Read our article to find out how you can make the most of your membership. 

As ever, do let us know if you have any feedback on this issue. If you’d like to write for us, or if you have a feature idea, please get in touch.

Dr Graham Howarth – Editor-in-chief,
MPS Head of Medical Services (Africa)

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