Bloody MS Word and Healthcare

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  1. [rant] Why oh why is the Microsoft Word dictionary so limited on the Medical front?? I am bloody trying to write my reflective work from today and it does not recognise half the words, as a dyslexic I find it hard enough as it is, and to have to go and Google all theses words it a pain in the arrse!! Does my t1ts in! Anyone got extended Medical Dictionary? [/rant]
  2. Don't have a specific program but try this online dictionary link for when you're unsure
  3. And don't forget that you can "Add to Dictionary..." on the spellcheck to customize your own desktop dictionary.

    That said, is this a gap in the market? Do any NHS persons reading this forum know whether there's some in-house upgrade or could this be a money-spinner for some clever gadgie?

  4. I have a medical dictionary for MS Word. Works a treat, although I still had to educate it for my thesis, and it has an annoying tendancy to default to US spellings of medical terms.

    I got it as a freebie from a drug rep years back when I was an SHO. I think it was from Bayer or Lilley - maybe they still do them?

    Not much help I guess, but to answer your question, "Yes, I do have an extended medical dictionary". If you can tell me if and how I can email it to you, PM me and I'd be happy to do so.

  5. Reflection. What's that? How dare you swear
  6. Spellex

    Found this about £57 or something
  7. Friendly, I am not an expert with these computer things but I think you have custom.dic somewhere in your word folder, guess that is it?

    Free computer stuff off a rep? We had Braun in today and all I got was a pen! Bt it was helpful though
  8. I was a nurse for over 20 years. Don't expect too much off the drug reps unless you become a doctor (or perhaps pharmacist).
  9. I am one.

  10. Linemanloz,

    Found it. If you pm me your email address, I'll attach it for you. It's a folder with 5 dictionary files in it.

  11. Yes, FF, you said so, but my post was addressed to loz, who's a student nurse.
    But you can answer something for me: I recall, in one of your posts, you saying you were a specialist registrar, which, you said, meant you were 3-4 years away from becoming a consultant. I recall a Specialist Psychiatric Registrar telling me that he had 2 years as a SPR to obtain a consultant post and, if he did not do so in this time, he would revert to being a Clinical Assistant. Are the rules different in (was it?) Urology? Just curious?
  12. Sorry, misunderstood you.

    Yeah, each specialty has its own programme of higher training. Surgery and Urology, for example, are six years long. I think dermatology is 3. Psychiatry might be two, although that does seem short.

    The length can be modified. For example, I have just finished my MD thesis. This took 2 years to do. If I chose, I could apply for this to be credited against my 6 years, up to a maximum of one year, thereby making my SpR rotation 5 years long.

    I am in my third year now, but only just. When I posted that, I was a second year SpR, and, as such, had another 4 years to go. If I apply to have my MD counted, it'll be 3 years.

    Clear as mud now, I suspect. 8O

  13. Yes, FF, thank you. That is perfectly clear. And, thinking about it now, I don't know how long the SpR that I referred to had been one before he joined our team.
  14. I don't think any are longer than 6 years. Some are as short as three (well, except GP which is only 1 year as a GP registrar). Most specialties I think are 5 years.

    With reference to the Clinical Assistant post - basically if you fail enough times to progress you are chucked off the programme. Happens very rarely (I've only heard of one in surgery - there will be more than this, but they aren't common). If that happens, you can only apply for non-consultant career grade posts like clinical assistant, staff grade, or associate specialist.

    That said, with the new regulations in place with Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), through Article 14 even they can achieve consultancy....

    The times, they are a-changing.

  15. This is happening either:

    1. Because the document that you are working on / creating has been produced from a template, that has been set to use US English.

    2. Because at installation, US English was defaulted to by MS Windows, which Word then inherited, or, because US English was selected when MS Word was installed (probably as part of MS Office).

    3. Both of the above.

    To rectify this, you can either:

    1. Within the document, select; Tools; Language, English UK. To get all future documents based on that template to default to English UK, click the Default... button and confirm the dialog box by selecting Yes.

    2. If all of your existing templates are based on US English by default - (each time you create a new document, you will have to carry out Step 1, above); open and carry out Step 1 on each of the relevant templates - normally found in:

    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033

    Hope this helps.