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    Default How much do doctors need to know?

    I had a number of question which is based around the title question.
    I had a look at a Medicine Book and there are sections in it that show treatment options based on the conditions.
    There are numerous sections like this for every diagnosis. I just wanted to know does a doctor need to technically know every one of these treatments?
    What are the Job roles of a junior doctor in the UK?

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    hmm..maybe another doctor can answer that? i encounter the same feeling like you do. So many thing tomemorise yet so little time and everything seems to be an important thing to know.

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    For those who have tried for PG course but not succeded are the diploma courses.
    If you heard about a pg course of DCH (DAWN) which is a UGC recognised. it is like the DAWN DGO course. It is available near Mumbai in Ambernath in Ashwani hospital ( Phone 0251-2603388) or 9-8-22000478. If someone is interested in joining the course can contact the Director of the hospital Dr. Maheshwari. This course may become MCI recognised.

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    It depends on where you are working.

    If you are in UK, I think you'll have a better life as you are treated as a junior dr proper.

    If you are in Asia, then it can be from good to terrible (more on the terrible side):
    - heavy dependence on doctors for mundane work and also decision making (very irritating at times at it makes the nurses seem like idiotic slaves who cannot contribute to clinical decisions -- hey, a 3yr polytechnic course in Singapore can't be that little, right?)
    - nursing assumption that the dr is better trained for certain work despite the fact that they are better trained or have more energy -- case in point to the oncall doctor at 4am: "please prepare and give first dose IV antibiotics" not knowing (can't believe nurses don't know after 5 years in service!!!!) that the doctor had probably been awake (or now half-dead) from working 20h nonstop.
    - knowledge deficiency can be gross in your nursing colleagues
    - Asian senior doctors may be less tolerant of ignorance (being scolded and tortured +++ was how they were trained, and they return the favor to next generation)
    - many practices are not emphasised during clinical training and instead are learnt when the opposite is done with the requisite scolding ++++: i.e. NOT TO DO rectal exam and urine catheterising a neutropenic patient.
    - less advocacy among Asian junior doctors of their welfare unless pushed to the edge (e.g. the Indian doctor strikes) -- if you are in a so-so country like Singapore then be prepared to feel slighted.

    So how much do we need to know? There is no answer. Try "read around", but ultimately you may have to depend on divine grace.

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    it depends whether you are working in a hospital or doing a private practise..in hospitals you wil have seniors to help you by telling you what they follow..and make you learn..in private keep reading the common diseases and try the treatments one by one and once you find some thing working just follow it!
    no hard and fast rules...all trail and basis but never do something that will put the patient s life at a risk.if you are in doubt just refer them to higher centres or ask your colleagues for help.
    Last edited by sweety; 07-23-2010 at 12:42 PM.

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    fair enough.there`s no particular guideline.jus depends on where u work,wats common practice there and availability of said treatments

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    Default How much do doctor need to know

    I wish to become a doctor and businessman in the future. For that reason, I was interested in learning Mandarin (business) and latin (medical school).? I know a lot of medical terms derive from Latin words. I have the choice to take Latin or Mandarin in college and I'm confused as to what to take. Whatever language I take, I have to take 3 courses in the same language. I know there is no point in me learning Latin grammar or anything like that so I wanted to know how much a doctor really needs to know to help in med school?

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    The knowledge of doctors are not similar to each other. Basically, it depends on their working experience. If doctor have more experience then he knows all these treatment. Always choose best doctor for your treatments.These type of doctors are mostly found in instant medical care center.

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