There would be few of us who have not received an email praising our contributions to our chosen medical specialty and with an invitation to either submit a manuscript or to join the editorial board for a new open access on line journal. If you are an academic, expect to receive several of these emails on a daily basis.  This is the world of predatory publishing. For those in academic practice ...

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I have a skeleton in the closet.  I really do.  It is a human skeleton that I acquired when as a first-year medical student at the University of Sydney in 1981. Back then, just about every medical student would own a half or full skeleton. They had to be real human bones as the quality of plastic models at that time were as good as useless as they often lacked many ...

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Medical oncologist, Dr. Ranjana Srivastava wrote on the subject on how doctors treat doctors may be medicine's secret shame in the Guardian back in February 2015. About a month later, vascular surgeon Dr. Gabrielle McMullin used a book launch speech to expose the problems of sexual harassment in the surgical profession.  She highlighted a story of where a neurosurgical trainee had refused sexual advances and subsequent to launching a formal complaint, ...

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twitter_doctor-710x238 The General Medical Council (UK) published new guidelines that state, “If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to represent the views of the profession more widely.”  This has ...

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