Trust me, I’m a disabled doctor

An A&E consultant, a psychiatrist, and two junior doctors swap notes on being disabled in the medical profession.

Emergency medicine consultant Dr Cieran McKiernan speaks on the perils of self-diagnosis. He lost his leg after failing to treat a blister which became a 5cm-sq hole in his foot.

Trainee GP Dr Hannah Barham-Brown’s wheelchair means she’s regularly mistaken for a patient, while Dr Emily Burns spotted one patient’s ‘diagnosis’ of Query Malingering – a euphemism for faking it – was actually Ehlers Danlos syndrome, a rare condition she has herself.

Dr Caroline Walker says she hasn’t got to go far to find doctors who, like her, have mental health difficulties.

The foursome chat about the ups and down of the medical profession, the ambition to embrace diversity and how working less than full-time hours could be beneficial to all junior doctors.

Produced by Emma Tracey. A full transcript is available here.

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