So much of my education is factual or evidence-based about "what to do", "how to manage"; yet so much of my experience of coalface general practice fails to fit those models. To attend a course which seeks to explore, through literature, the experiences of doctors & patients as people within a consultation was so refreshing and so relevant to me. No right or wrong answers. No tick-boxes or protocols ... an excellent forum to hear the perspectives of other doctors. It was a privilege to have two English Fellows involved in the course.
You both provided such a relaxed, friendly and unintimidating forum and I predict that the entire group enjoyed the day! Stimulating conversation which was insightful flowed. Sharing experience, thought, and knowledge is so helpful and enriches our professional lives with all its dimensions. The best sort of learning for me.
A very enjoyable and stimulating course – liberating not to have to feel that you have to try and remember a lot of stuff which one generally feels at a ‘conventional’ medical course.
The perfect antidote to the rest of my PDP… it feels like there’s a real need for this sort of space.
I found the seminar enjoyable, thought-provoking, but perhaps most of all cathartic. How wonderful to meet like-minded colleagues from a variety of backgrounds (and of different ages!)
Another stimulating thought-provoking day – good group size – interesting location – easy parking – love the variety of learning modalities – creative writing exercise very exciting and enlightening – truly never a dull moment throughout the day – have taken the thoughts about space and am aware I have integrated it into my consultations- looking forward to next year.
Another brilliant day! The imaginative and often humorous responses in the group were truly amazing… I now have even more texts I wish to read!...highly relevant to the practice of medicine. Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration.
I much enjoyed being encouraged to read authors that I am less familiar with or too lazy to engage with! It was also interesting to meet colleagues from different parts of the country enjoying the discourse of widely varying patient groups. Your warm welcome and smiling faces throughout the day carried us along in great humour and were a helpful counterpoint to the more painful aspects of the literature studied, and individual accounts of patients’ ‘stories’. Likewise, the pace of the day felt very well managed with plenty of variety in the content. I particularly enjoyed being introduced to new literary terminology and definitions. I can’t think of any suggestions to improve what is already a much acclaimed ‘day of indulgence’ for doctors and which is wonderful antidote to the more mechanistic aspects of our day job.
Congratulations again. I don’t know how you do it. For me another day with people who vaguely understand what I’m on about in my day to day existence. More ‘bits’ of my personal jig-saw as I try to understand General Practice and life in general…and the piece de resistance was Othello.
You work together really well – a double act, both bringing a different perspective. I thought Helen Barr was really excellent and very interactive. She valued all contributions from the floor and her Shakespearean expertise was really useful.
The course was wonderful on many levels: wonderful to have time to think, contemplate; wonderful to meet like minds, and wonderful to be exposed to erudite individuals leading you down avenues never explored & challenging. A wonderful companion to the science of 'Hot Topics'. Keep up the poetry - and I look forward to the next instalment!