Dr Phil is my alter ego. I am a consultant in a procedure oriented hospital speciality, with significant private practice. I also do some Deanery and Medical Education work with both undergraduates and Postgraduate Specialist Trainees, and sit on some College committees. I have worked overseas in both Australasia and North America and am fully aware that the NHS is not the only way of organising things. I am unhappy with many ways that British medicine is evolving, but am quite adept at getting these to work in my favour. Hence I fill my boots! In retrospect it was a rather limited pun on which to base my pseudonym, and perhaps I should have picked a less limiting one. For the present I will stick to it.
I am interested in music (favouring Rock music from the 1960’s to present), films, religion, philosophy, literature, politics, economics and football. I often find strange parallels between all these and medicine. My tastes are fairly proletarian in comparison with many of my colleagues and other medical bloggers.
I live in the nondescript Middle England County of Borsetshire and work at both Borchester General Hospital and my private practice in Little Harley Street. Its a good life, and at times a hard one.
I believe that there is both good and bad in everyone, and that the conflict between good and evil is one fought within ones soul rather than with external weapons. Either side can triumph. Dr Phil is at times the devil on my shoulder, and at times the angel on the other shoulder.