• Question: whats the hardest part of your job?

    Asked by JeanM to Dave on 8 Nov 2021.
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      Dave Healy answered on 8 Nov 2021:

      There are many hard parts to the job: breaking bad news to a parent or managing difficult cases spring to mind as examples. But I think the hardest part for any doctor is learning how to deal with your own emotions. There are happy times, rewarding moments, sad times, times when you have to be compassionate with colleagues and patients. Learning how to process all that and not let it affect the rest of your life is probably the most challenging part of the job.

      The hardest part of the research job that I am currently doing is to make sure that the research we do and the studies we carry out is as safe as possible for the parents and babies involved. There is quite a bit to it, including lots of paperwork, but it is very important