What should I write about?
Some examples might include:
- A time where you feel you made a real difference in the life of a patient/relative.
- Your first encounter with end of life care.
- Your interview day/first day of medical school.
- A mistake you made and what you learned.
- Something that inspired you about the way a staff member or other handled a case.
- Talking with an upset/angry/frightened patient.
- Your first time in surgery or another memorable experience.
- Delivering bad news.
- Your experiences of medicine outside of the clinical environment.
These are all just ideas and of course, you may have your own that differ from these. Whatever you choose to write about, please make sure to use our “Dos and Don’ts Checklist” below to keep your writing appropriate and relevant.
1. Do write about interesting cases which caused you to think or impacted you.
2. Do provide positive reflections and learning points.
3. Do explore things which reminded you why you study/practice medicine.
4. Do reflect on challenges and the hard parts of medical school/doctoring – it’s okay for it to be hard! Just have a positive/encouraging message by the end.
5. Do be encouraging to readers.
6. Do remember your audience: prospective, current or graduated medical students.
7. Do imagine how you would feel if the blog post was about you or a family member – this will help you decide if it is appropriate for publishing.
8. Do be professional and remain neutral.
9. Do engage with community comments on your article.
1. Don’t use real names or identifiable details of patients, relatives, colleagues or places. Remember, confidentiality is key!
2. Don’t give medical advice.
3. Don’t be negative. As above, this includes being negative about patients, relatives, colleagues or places.
4. Don’t provide political opinions.