#63: What Is a Doctor?: A GP's Prescription for the Future with Dr Phil Whitaker
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Dr Phil Whitaker  has lived in a variety of locations around the UK including Nottingham, where he studied in medicine, and Oxford, where he undertook postgraduate training in general practice.

I had the please of discussing with him, his latest book titled: What Is a Doctor?: A GP's Prescription for the Future.

Using stories and case studies from across his thirty-year career as a GP,  Dr Phil Whitaker offers insight into the medical movements, political interference and societal changes that have transformed the role of doctor over the past three decades.

Some of the topics discussed includes:

  1. How 'Evidence Based Medicine' has been hijacked by 'Evidence Dictated Medicine'
  2. What has changed the two way relationship between a doctor and a patient?
  3. Is it still an attractive job to be GP?
  4. How reliable are algorithmic softwares such as'GP at Hand' and is it helping or hurting the role of being a GP?
  5. Phil's thoughts on patient centred consulting in the form of: Ideas Concerns & Expectations (ICE)
  6. What concepts that should be introduced to undergraduate medicine education, and is Phil optimistic for the future?

The Book and Audiobook: What Is a Doctor?: A GP's Prescription for the Future is out now.

You can also find out more about Phil via his twitter @pwhitakerwriter
or his website https://philwhitaker.co.uk

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