A beautiful piece of Poetry & a reminder of Gingko biloba!!
World War I erupted 100 years ago on July 28, 1914. War still begets poetry.
Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae penned this poem—perhaps the most memorable words of the Great War—after burying a friend who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. Flanders Field Poppies courtesy of Tijl Vercaemer.
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915)
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep…
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A great piece by Leadership Freak.
24 July 2014
A response by GMC Director Fitness to Practice on rising complaints against doctors in UK.
Anthony Omo, the GMC’s Director of Fitness to Practise, looks at some of the findings of research from Plymouth University and considers what this means for the GMC.
Complaints about doctors have been on the rise for some time. In 2012 we received more than 8,000 complaints about doctors – a rise of over 100% since 2007. Part of this increase is down to a welcome change in culture where more doctors are speaking up when things go wrong. However over half of all complaints in 2012 came from members of the public.
This increase is not unique to the medical profession: we have seen similar trends across the NHS. However some of the complaints that we receive from the public could and should be resolved at a local level. Just one in five of these complaints met our criteria for a full investigation in 2012 and this raises important…
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Pregnancy is a normal Physiological process. Why do we call pregnant women patients in hospitals?
It is your body but motherhood is a joint decision. Don’t shock him with the news of your pregnancy, but present it as your (his and yours) long cherished dream come true.
You are pregnant – not sick. Take it up with hospitals and doctors who label you as a ‘patient’ instead of a ‘mother-to-be’ or ‘mother’.
Don’t bemoan the fact that you can’t wait to squeeze back into your tight jeans or whatever. Pregnancy is not a burden; it’s a gift. Other than some sports and certain physical positions, life can and should continue as normal. Loving is great too – but you already know that (wink).
It’s okay to expect special treatment but don’t demand it – the baby is in you, it’s not you.
If you do lose your cool, forgive yourself – don’t beat and wreck yourself with guilt or anxiety. Your body is going through…
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I enjoyed the piece above and though I should share it with my friends on Word Press.
Dishonesty in research can compromise lives. The MMR scare is bad enough. The recent case of H.I.V research falsifications from Ohio is criminal. And quite rightly the Americans are charging this scientist with the crime of fraud.
15 July 2014
Every Postgraduate student should read this and Researchers too.
In August of last year, I gave a paper to the University of Melbourne’s Office of Research Ethics and Integrity research seminars, Tuesdays with OREI, on ‘Hyper-Anxiety about Research Integrity among library staff and RHD students’ that ended up doing two different things. These final two posts will address ways of promoting ‘research integrity’ among cohorts who are not already fully signed up to the values of research integrity and academic honesty, because, according to the research, they are also badly served by a focus on plagiarism and punishment.
You can read the whole series by clicking on the category ‘Hyper-Anxiety & Academic Honesty’.
The first three posts talked about where most graduate researchers and support staff are: they support academic honesty and research integrity, but they often feel unnecessarily and unhelpfully anxious about the consequences of getting it wrong.
In this post, I talk about what we’re doing…
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