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1st Edition

The Bleep Test
How New Doctors Can Get Things Right

  • Available for pre-order on April 14, 2023. Item will ship after May 5, 2023
ISBN 9781032414904
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
244 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What does it mean to help save someone's life? How does it feel to nearly kill a patient? Can we keep our patients safe at night? In the face of overwhelming pressures, can we thrive or only survive? And is a happy life as a doctor still possible?

In the early months and years of work, it is these kinds of questions, rather than any technical or knowledge-based queries, which preoccupy many new doctors. This elusive, hidden curriculum is pervasive within departments, around hospitals and across health systems, but is rarely, if ever, explicitly examined and discussed. At its core is the issue that should matter above all others – how we can keep our patients as safe as possible.

The Bleep Test combines gripping and startlingly vulnerable recollections of early experiences on the wards with an array of research findings, from psychology and human biology to anthropology, business and behavioural economics. Acknowledging that the truly complex challenges facing new doctors lie far beyond the realms of the traditional medical sciences in which they were trained, the book explains that the shift to being a doctor depends on first understanding how we think, reason and behave as someone we have been all our lives – a human amongst humans.

Focused on the experiences of, and the issues facing, recently qualified medics, The Bleep Test is not only for young doctors, but also for anyone who manages them, works with them, cares for them or may, one day, depend on them.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Black Wednesday

Chapter 1. Decisions, Decisions.

Chapter 2. Accidental Emergencies.

Chapter 3. Healthy Safety.

Chapter 4. Night Mode.

Interlude – Going Viral.

Chapter 5. Their Final Doctor.

Chapter 6. Clinging to the Raft.

Chapter 7. Sliding Hospital Doors.

Conclusion – It’s About Time.


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Luke Austen graduated from the University of Oxford in 2018 and is a UK Core Trainee in Anaesthetics.


"This book is timely, relevant, important and pragmatic. It contains valuable learning for senior doctors, medical educationalists and policymakers and has my whole-hearted endorsement" – Dr Lois Brand, Associate Director of Clinical Studies, University of Oxford Medical School, UK

"Few books tackle mental health and wellbeing in doctors and being able to recognise and cope with mistakes - one of if not the biggest fear of new doctors - is a poorly discussed and explored topic. Dr Austen’s book tackles this head on" – Dr Darryl Braganza Menezes, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine, UK