• Question: What is the worst part about your job?

    Asked by izzy789 to Rebecca, Nina, Rachel on 4 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by chowardx, lilac24.
    • Photo: Rebecca Moon

      Rebecca Moon answered on 4 Jun 2019: last edited 4 Jun 2019 11:12 am

      There are lots of downsides to being a hospital doctor, in particular the shift work. I was at work this weekend whilst my family were out enjoying the sunshine. And nightshifts can be really tiring, but in many ways I enjoy nightshifts as the hospital is much quieter and I can concentrate on looking after the patients.

      The worst part of being a children’s doctor is always having to give a parent and a child a life-changing diagnosis, or when a child dies. We do our best to make it less hard for the child and family, but it is still always sad.

      But there are lots of positive aspects of my job too, and generally the good parts outweigh the negatives.

    • Photo: Nina Rzechorzek

      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 8 Jun 2019:

      It’s when I have to euthanase an animal that it is suffering simply because we don’t have any effective treatments for their particular condition – sadly this happens quite often in neurology but I am very optimistic that with enough people working in this research area, the opportunities for treatment will change massively in the next 10-15 years.