There will follow now in this blog a series of (roughly) weekly posts about my experiences in general health care.
In order to be fully licensed as a medical practitioner in Finland (and in Europe in general), you have to work for about two years (three years in countries with less practical work included in work before graduation) "under the direction and supervision of another". Having been in research, I have put off that work. In the best case (everything I am going to claim should count will also count in the opinion of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki, bless their bureaucractic heats) I have about 9 months of full-time work to go; in the worst case, about 1.5 years. I will start on a 2 weeks in clinic + 2 weeks writing my PhD thesis schedule next Monday, with the intent to switch to full-time clinic for the remaining months in about August.
Obviously, I cannot write about any patients, and since I write under my own name, I can only write about colleagues and circumstances at the workplace in a very limited and general sense. If I write about a disease using example cases, details will be generalized to fit multiple real people I have met and/or changed to fit none, and posts will be delayed in time to break any temporal connection to actual patients. Also, I will not bitch about individual colleagues or other co-workers, though I will most likely say a word or to about the organization of general health care.
Posts will appear roughly half and half in English and in Finnish.