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A 'copy and paste' culture

Written by Charlotte Hudson.

copy-pasteThe temptation to lift someone else's work from the internet can be overwhelming when struggling to meet a deadline, but the risk is simply not worth it, says Charlotte Hudson

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence, and one that has been around for centuries. Shakespeare allegedly stole most of his historical plots from Holinshed, and Oscar Wilde too, was repeatedly accused of plagiarism.

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Sticky business - Using USB sticks safely

Written by Sara Williams.

usb securityUSB sticks are small and fast with mega memory. But new technology brings new problems; MPS Writer Sara Williams explains why they should be used with caution.

Earlier this year an inquisitive junior doctor questioned the security of data at his hospital trust following the theft of a USB stick. 

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Smooth sailing - Working Overseas

Written by Sara Williams.

cruise-luggageMore doctors are jumping ship to work abroad, but uncharted waters present new risks, argues Sara Williams.

Suitcase in one hand and passport in the other, Dr Ashley Leadbeatter, an F2 from Leeds, walks through the doors of Heathrow Airport to check in for his one-way flight to Australia. As he stands surveying the queue of faces ahead of him, he wonders how many of them are doctors, like him, travelling to the unknown in search of fortune and glory.

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Deadly serious - coroner's inquest

Written by MPS.

medicolegalAn inquest is a fact-finding exercise co-ordinated by the coroner (or procurator fiscal in Scotland), with or without a jury. The objective is to determine who died, when, where and how they died, and in what circumstances. Evidence is given by witnesses under oath. An inquest is a court of inquiry and is not held to apportion blame. There are no opposing parties, and no formal allegations or pleadings, but witnesses have the right to representation.

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The Stress Factor

Written by Sara Williams.

stressed doctorWorking as a junior doctor gives a new meaning to the word stress. Sara Williams explores how to keep it at bay.

Last May Janet Street Porter wrote an article headlined "Depression? It's just the new trendy illness!" She went on to write: "Get a grip girls!" – describing depression and stress as the "latest must-have" accessories for middle-class women. Her article was met with much criticism; Alistair Campbell described her opinion as "misguided" and "offensive" and Mail columnist Allison Pearson said that at least depression is manageable, unlike Janet Street Porter.

 

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Writing Reports

Written by Sara Williams.

doctor-writingJunior doctors can be asked to write reports on many different things, but it need not be a daunting experience, says Sara Williams from MPS.

You witness an adverse incident while working in A&E. There are a number of ways in which this incident could be investigated – as a complaint, a criminal case, a clinical negligence claim, a disciplinary matter, a coroner's inquest, or a GMC referral. 

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