At GPlectures.co.uk medical students can stream lectures about clinical management delivered by hospital specialists. The site, which was launched in February, is principally targeted at general practitioners but students are able to access 12 videos a year for free.
Recordings last between 10 and 30 minutes and of the eight lectures I saw, the content was of good quality and useful for medical students. For instance, a patient presenting to the emergency department with neutropenia (low neutrophil count) or thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) is likely to inspire panic in many a student, but as consultant haematologist, Kristian Bowles, points out, these problems are not as instantly incompatible with life as profound anaemia (low red blood cells). Insights such as these help us to develop perspective and to prioritise as junior doctors.
The terms of access to the website are a little odd. Why, for example, are we allowed only