Hi, if you’re reading this you’ve stumbled upon my blog Medicine for the Soul. I created this space to share thoughts, frustrations, ideas, hopes and dreams during my first two years working as a doctor. Being a junior doctor can be extremely difficult as you navigate a high stress environment, where things can and do go terribly wrong. It is something all doctors do on a daily basis, and they usually have added pressures of understaffing, exhaustion, exams…the list is endless.

This blog started off more like an online stream of thought, but has started to develop into something else. Instead of focussing on my own personal experiences, I hope to shed light on the issues that doctors face in looking after their own health.

Reading back on my posts I realised that they were penned during a period of bad burnout. I would say from term two of internship I was burnt out. Once you’re in that space it’s hard to come back from it, my mind just wanted a break. Whether that be achieved by annual leave or quitting.

I hope to work to educate medical students and junior doctors on self care, recognising early signs of burnout and reducing the stigma of mental health issues in medicine.

I also want to promote freedom of choice, whether that be finding an alternate career, doing non-clinical medicine or finding the specialty that is right for you.

A healthy doctor is a good doctor – it’s better for the individual and the community.