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For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough. from www.shutterstock.com

Is it OK for medical students to practise on themselves?

Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
There’s much we can do to stop our junior doctors from feeling devalued, demoralised and depressed, like this junior doctor protesting in London earlier in 2016. from www.shutterstock.com

Are we expecting too much of our junior doctors?

Junior doctors are often blamed when things go wrong in hospital. But are we placing too many demands on them?
Mandatory reporting of family violence on a woman’s behalf threatens dignity and takes away her power. Andreas Levers/Flickr

Family violence victims need support, not mandatory reporting

Legal requirements for doctors to report family violence to police may sound good at first glance. But evidence shows it's better doctors are trained to support women to make their own decisions.
Student doctor Livhuwani Mashanzhe ® from the University of Johannesburg takes a blood test from a patient at Kimberley train station in South Africa in this file picture. Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

A human step to equal health care in South Africa’s rural hospitals

Skilled mid level health care workers can relieve the workload of other health care workers and can help make universal health care a reality for South Africans.

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