I am a Respiratory Registrar working in the NHS in London. My job makes me think a lot – about people, life, death, inequality and how things could be better. If you’ve found your way here I hope you share some of these thoughts.
I am interested in:
- respiratory medicine
- social inequality and its effect on health and wellbeing
- end of life care
- public narratives of science and medicine
- undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
- concepts of risk, expertise and futility
- the use of social media in health and education
- the role of the arts in health and wellbeing
- public and medical discourses on death and dying
- staying well as a public sector worker
- lots of other things
This is me:
Dr Laura-Jane Smith, ST6 Respiratory Medicine in NE Thames, London. I previously worked for a year as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at ACME, UCL. You can find more information on my interest in medical education and involvement in the RCP and BTS on the teacherlj page. After two years back in clinical training, I took a further year out as a Wellcome Clinical Training Research Fellow at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, looking at prognostication in advanced COPD, and ways in which palliative care principles may enhance the care of patients with chronic respiratory disease. I decided not to continue in academia, and returned to continue my clinical training in April 2017.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employers.
I initially started this blog to share thoughts that felt too difficult and important for me to understand and navigate myself. My writing is mainly a way for me to think through ideas around medicine, ethics, and identity which I continue to grapple with. I have learned so much from everyone who has interacted (online and in person) and would love to hear from you too so please comment on the posts, email or get in touch via twitter. Thank you.
My interests have led to involvement in a number of projects. Particular highlights, which I encourage you to explore, are:
- Death Cafe – I am an avid supporter, frequent attender, and occasional host of death cafe, a social movement creating time and space for open discussions about death and dying, over tea and cake.
- London Arts in Health Forum – I am a trustee of this wonderful organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.
If I’ve forgotten anything it is probably linked to my about.me page. Thanks for visiting. x