How to be a media doctor
Leyla Sanai gives some tips on how to flirt with the media
- By: Leyla Sanai
The world of media medicine may seem very glamorous. What fun it must be to argue with politicians while appearing as the medical spokesperson on debates, chat to celebrities on breakfast television, scribble a weekly column in a broadsheet, or be medical adviser on a sharp medical drama. But it's not all hobnobbing with stars and drinking free champagne at parties. The truth is that it's fun but also notoriously fickle and highly competitive.
Doctors are involved in the media in many different areas. Some are journalists, writing columns for medical or non-medical papers; others appear on television and radio, either talking about medical matters or medical politics; some act as medical advisers for television programmes and movies; and a few decide to give up practising medicine altogether in order to pursue a full time career in the media.
This article concentrates on doctors who dabble in the media while