Post 74 My job interview goes catastrophically wrong

Working as a trainee in the Accident and Emergency Medical Department, I treated 3 young lads whose wrists had been broken as they stood with their hands on the barrier whilst watching a football match.    Their wrists had been overextended as the crowd behind them surged down the terraces when a goal had been scored.      Subsequently I discovered that these were not isolated accidents;   I had in fact, discovered a reasonably common cause of injury.     Pleased with myself, I wrote a  paper for a learned journal and also spoke at an orthopaedic conference.   I felt confident that as a result my CV would be strengthened and my career prospects enhanced.    How wrong can you be? At first, things did indeed go well.     At interviews, the panel, in those days invariably male, were intrigued by the mention of ‘Soccer Supporters Wrist’ on my CV and I was able to speak confidently on a subject that genuinely interested them, leaving little time for them to probe for deficiencies in my kn

Post 73 'I think I may have swallowed some gas, Doctor.'

A few years ago, I was on the front line in our Accident and Emergency Department when a kid of about 17 attended.     He looked anxious but also had a shifty look on his face. He said he had been ‘out on the town’ and might have swallowed some gas.    He was cagey about the circumstances but I suspected he had been trying to steal fuel.    I suppose I ought to have asked in more detail how definite he was that it was gas and how much he had swallowed, but since I doubted I would get an honest answer, I didn’t. ‘Will I be OK?’ he wanted to know. I consulted the National Poisons Data base, and along with the history and lack of symptoms, I decided he would be okay.     I reassured him and gave him the usual advice to return if any problems developed, but he still seemed concerned. ‘Is there anything else I can help you with?’ I asked. ‘Er, well,’ he said, ‘when can I have a smoke?’ I felt a bit mean at this point, surmising what he had been up to and replied, ‘I’d give it a

Post 72 My First Academic Paper and Presentation

 Working in the casualty department on the day that City played United at Old Trafford, I treated 3 young lads who had been injured whilst on the terraces watching the match.    Their wrists had been over stretched and broken when there had been a surge down the terraces during an exciting moment during a match.       The way the injuries had occurred had not been recognised previously so I was delighted when I heard that the article I had written about these injuries was to be published in a surgical journal. Buoyed with this success and wishing to enhance my CV and my chances of promotion, I applied to make a presentation to the British Upper and Lower Limb Society, (known as BULL for short).       I did this more in hope than expectation and was pleasantly surprised when it was accepted for their annual conference.         I suspected the Society thought that a short talk entitled Soccer Supporter’s Wrist would offer a little light relief amongst all the more worthy research pres