Summary Writer: Jenny Liu
Editor: James Edwards
Interviewee: Penny Gordon
James talks to Dr Penny Gordon about the approach to the assessment and management of patients with acute headache on the wards.
Dr Gordon is currently in her second year of training as a Neurology Advanced Trainee. She is completing a non-core year at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the George Institute, which combines stroke research and clinical work in nerve conduction studies and epilepsy. Penny has been at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital since internship and completed Basic Physician training in 2013. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney and prior to that obtained a Bachelor of Science as well as studying pharmacy. Penny has an interest in teaching, particularly teaching clinical examination skills and has been involved in organising teaching sessions for Basic Trainees in preparation for their clinical exams.
With Dr Penny Gordon, Neurology Advanced Trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Case 1 – You are on a night shift and are called by the nursing staff about a patient on the haematology ward about a patient with pancytopenia who has acutely developed a severe headache.
Case 2 – You are asked to chart analgesia for a 65 year old patient on the renal ward who has a dull frontal headache but she reports as having this headache many times before.
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