My mum

“Would I want the doctor treating my mum to do/say what I just did?”

This is one of my favourites. Partly because it’s the only one I’ve come up with myself, although the principle is by no means new, and I’ve heard a similar grandmother one floating around…

It was borne from a number of occasions when medical students and even doctors have done or said something that stuck me as inappropriate, unprofessional or downright wrong. I try to make a point of thinking ‘would I be happy for the person treating my mum to do this?’ and if the answer is ‘yes’, you know it’s probably alright.


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