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‘Are you the bottom doctor?’ … Sorry, pardon? Did I hear that right?‘You’re the bum doctor, yes?’ She repeated, seeing my confusion.I’m not quite sure when things had started to go wrong, but being one month into my GP placement, and having the reputation of the ‘bottom doctor’ must mean that something, somewhere, must have gone horribly wrong.After she joked that I had drawn the short straw as the newest doctor at the practice, she explained that her husband had visited me with a similar complaint, had recommended that she seek my expert and professional opinion.Having had placements in gastrointestinal surgery, and hoping to embark upon a surgical career, bottoms no longer phase me. Maybe at the beginning of my training I inwardly groaned when bowel habits were brought up, trying to avoid the dreaded per rectum but, like most other awkward moments in medicine, I got over that pretty quickly. It was just another bit of the body causing trouble and I was there to help if I could. It is my duty to make patients feel at ease to discuss intimate and seemingly embarrassing topics with me, to get to the proverbial bottom of the problem.But being labelled the ‘bottom doctor’ – what to make of that? Was this some divine fate, guiding me toward the sacred specialty of colorectal? A more logical explanation was offered and that it was at her husband’s recommendation, word of mouth spreading that I was a competent doctor, even if my new-found fame was regarding le derrière.A recommendation – the highest compliment.Being a doctor nowadays is tough – bars that are continuously rising, hoops that forever need jumping through and a never-ending series of exams. It is easy to forget why we all embarked on this wonderful career path of constant learning. Why did I sign up to look at so many bottoms? For me at least – I aim use my skills and knowledge to help heal, while enjoying the occasional medical mystery along the way. What greater praise can you receive than a patient telling their vulnerable loved ones to place their health and hopes in your hands.I feel it important to cling on to these mini fist-bump moments – moments where you can hold your head up high and say you made a difference to that person’s life. I’m not going to say one happy haemorrhoid makes the struggle of a life in medicine worthwhile, but it certainly does help to refocus on why you’re here and your priorities. So what the heck, ‘yes, I can be your bottom doctor’.Rebecca Morgan is a foundation doctor 2 from Eastbourne
If Hunt tries to impose the new contracts by saying that "if you turn up for work tomorrow you are accepting the new contract" and Dr's do not turn up the fault lies solely with himself and the public will know that.
We all ought to drink pure water in our whole life.For children-male-female-old aged it is essential to drink pure water for getting healthy life styles in our human society.For washing/cleaning/bath it is important in human life.
Even, for all animals daily bath/washing/cleaning/full filling thirsty water playing a vital role .
This is why the alternative name of water is called LIFE in our human life/society.
Dr Morgan, This was a good start: you have surely short-circuited a lot of euphamisms and can now get on with the business. Good luck with your surgical career,but if you find yourself diverted into general practice, I can promise you a wonderful oppertunity to really make a difference and impact on the lives of your patients.If you continue into general surgery, your GP consultation skills will stand you in good stead. Tom Cummins
Appreciate your sentiments .A mum from the school run who I had seen in my role as a family planning / sexual health doc said to a mutual frien in the playground 'I didn't realise she was the fanny dcotor!
Anon. Learnt at Guy's - If you don't use your finer you may put your foot in it