The Art of Application

This weekend, I felt very privileged to be given the opportunity to finally meet a wonderful and talented family friend of mine, Alyn Waterman.  Alyn is a hair and makeup artist for the film and television industry and has worked for many big names over the years, such as working closely with stars such as…

7 social attitudes towards disability we need to change in 2019

It’s always nice to start off a New Year well, right?  So the first good thing you can do to start off 2019 is to help start changing the attitudes towards disability, in a quest to make society a better place for everyone. It’s not uncommon knowledge that 2018 was a “big year for disability”,…

It’s Good to be Here – A Story for 2018

There is something very cleansing about reflecting on the past year.  It allows us to learn lessons, be thankful and also to aspire, to be forward-thinkers for the year ahead.  It helps remind us how truly lucky we are to have made it through yet another year, on all sorts of levels.  Having established long…

“Seeing is Believing” – Real Things in a Real World

With the beginning of each new year, the next 12 months are unsurprisingly hard to predict by, in all forms of life’s routine – our health, our successes and our failures, politics, and the decisions of those politics, natural disasters, love and loss.  But what we do know is that yet again, another new year…

“Serve to Lead” – the Future of our Workplace

I was fortunate enough to attend Imperial College London’s ACCS Specialty Conference a few weekends back, where I presented my first poster on an interest I’m currently researching, close to my heart.  With the weekend focusing on the specialties of Critical Care Medicine, Anaesthetics and Pre-Hospital Care, we were laden with a wealth of very…

Life’s Newsfeed – Beyond the Digital Detox

Trying to trace back to the last time I was able to sit down and write a reflective blog is a rather degrading feeling.  Exams, and exams results, passed, deadlines scraped and multiple commutes back to the family home later, time has been very much lost in essence.  I have been admittedly burning the candle…

What would you give?

Today, like most other days, was soiled in all sorts of different emotions, which brought many different dimensions to reflect upon this evening.  It was a day of tears, memories, flashbacks, insights and frustrations.  But it was also just another day at medical school. As part of my Oncology placement block, I attended some workshops,…

The Consent of Ignorance

Look from behind a person and it’s unclear of the story, unclear of the circumstance and unclear of the place.  Look from behind me and you’ll only see the sense of managed calm and reflection, a graceful need to poise each tale beneath.  For the majority of the time, I have found that ignorance is…

The Power of Story

Today I had the absolute privilege of attending the APMJ, the Annual Palliative Medicine Junior Doctors’ Conference, at King’s College London, after I submitted a winning short story entry on the topic of ‘Grief’.  I had met some incredible and inspirational delegates and speakers over the course of the day, most of whom were either…