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I’ve learned the hard way to live without patient ‘satisfaction’


Many years ago while training for consultation skills we had a particularly obnoxious aggressive and up his own orifice actor who had made numerous young trainers cry with his manner. As an older graduate I was even then a stroppy git and decided enough was enough with this horrible man. Breaking away from the boring script in the role play I leaned in and pulled a horrified face "hmm you know that mole on your eyebrow... it COULD be cancer" which was true but at the 0.0001 probability level. It stopped him in his tracks and he left the building minutes later. We do have the power to change lives.

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18 Apr 2018

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