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New Doctor - Vol. 5 no. 1, 2012

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We hope you enjoy our latest edition of New Doctor. Sadly for me this is my last issue as editor-in-chief, as I take on some different responsibilities at MPS. I have really enjoyed working with Sara Williams and the team, but it is time for me to hand over the reins.

We kick-off with an exclusive podcast from global patient safety champion, Sir Liam Donaldson. In the podcast he says that patient safety is every junior doctor’s responsibility.

Dr Leila Touil and Dr Yasmin Amed-Little echo Sir Liam’s sentiments in an inspirational piece about leadership, in which they call new doctors to become the leaders of tomorrow.

I strongly recommend that you read Dr Jonathan Bernstein’s Hot Topic on working in approved practice settings. This issue is still causing difficulties for junior doctors, as F2 doctors are often unaware that they need to notify the GMC when they successfully complete their year working in an approved practice setting. It is important that you read this article and follow his advice on what to do following successful completion of your foundation year two.

Our specialties of the issue are ophthalmology and palliative care. Dr Gwyn Williams recalls his first experience undertaking cataract surgery, and Dr Beatrice Baiden provides a snapshot of her placement working in a hospice.

Read on and we hope this is helpful in dealing with some of the challenges and opportunities that await you.

Dr Angelique Mastihi – Editor-in-chief
MPS Medicolegal Adviser