ISBAR: A simple framework for discussing a case

As a medical professional, we often need to communicate with our colleagues, allied health professionals, and others. This can include discussing our own patients with our registrar or consultant seeking advice, publishing about a case in a journal, or discussing with the multi-disciplinary team for management of the patient. In this article, we will be looking at one of the recommended models for discussion within the healthcare system.

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Have a Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas day, so we’re having a break from the Think Like a Medical Student series. I just wanted to wish everyone who reads this blog a Merry Christmas period. Christmas is a time for caring, it’s a time for spending with our families and loved ones, it’s a time for festivity. It’s also a time for excessive intake of alcohol, food, and even recreational drugs. After all, it is known as the silly season.

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Thinking like a medical student – An intro

I’m going to start a series all about looking at case reports from a medical perspective. The focus will be on explaining what a medical student (and by extension doctors) thinks about when looking at a case or discussing with a patient. In this first post (and continued in next weeks’ post) we will be working through the case of Till Death Do Us Part 1 from the Journal of Clinical Case Reports.

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  1. Sa MM, Relvas A, Leandro S. Till Death Do Us Part. Journal of Clinical Case Reports 2016;6(4):1-.[]

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What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is, fundamentally, when your blood pressure is too high. This can cause many problems, particularly long-term. If severe enough or uncontrolled it can actually be a cause of sudden death! But, what is hypertension?

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Remember Everything: A primer

Have you ever tried to learn something new? When was the last time you failed at something you attempted to learn? Finally, what do you think your chances would be that you could study medicine and be successful? It is possible to remember far more than you think. I should know.

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