Category Archives: Health Care

A Different Rank and Match List

Today, I can basically celebrate the end of CaRMS. My rank order list was submitted today and all I can do is to wait for Match Day on March 6th. Speaking of creating a match list, NYT had a great article on a national kidney transplant registry and how they


The Patient’s Family

Looking through my old drafts, I found a post written when I was starting medical school that was never published. (Written September 28th, 2008) I’m glad to see I still agree with the feelings and thoughts I had then. Published now three years later as I am about to graduate

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Can the Physical Exam Help Decrease Health Care Costs?

If physicians and doctors in training were trained better in the physical exam, could that translate into health care dollars saved? I’ve written about the Physical Exam and how it’s often at odds against newer technologies in medicine. In today’s world, where labwork, xrays and CT scans are so readily

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A Malaria Vaccine at Last!

In case you haven’t heard yet, they announced today in a paper published in NEJM that scientists have created the world’s first malaria vaccine. This is a landmark paper that will mark a major victory against malaria. The vaccine called RTS, S/AS01 Mosquirix was developed by Joe Cohen, a GSK

Giving It Your Best

I’ve been quite irked at people/humanity lately. I’m not angry with patients, the sick or their family members, more like people that work in the service industry. I’m not sure if it’s burn-out or the fact that I’m giving my clinical work my best effort everyday, but I find it


The Physical Exam

I’ve been a fan of Dr. Verghese ever since I heard about the Stanford 25 a few years ago. The Stanford 25 is a list of 25 physical examinations that all clinicians should be able to perform. As of right now, I think I can do probably 23/25 with the

Clean Hands

Washing your hands. Despite all our knowledge and advances in infectious disease control, there are few things as simple and effective as cleaning your hands between patient encounters. However, lots of people still don’t wash their hands correctly. They might not have the right technique, not spend a long enough


When I Become an Attending…

Based on the many observations and interactions with staff / attending / chief residents / consultant doctors during clerkship year. A list of do’s and don’ts I will try to follow one day… Hopefully I’ll look back at this post when I’m finished all the training and find it useful.

July 1st

Today is July 1st. Other than it being Canada Day, July 1st is probably the worst day to be admitted to a hospital. You see, on July 1st every year, recently graduated medical students start their residency.These are the most junior of junior doctors. For almost all of them, it

Are We Training Too Many Female Doctors?

Sorry for the controversial title but the topic of women in medicine is becoming quite a hot issue in recent years. Especially since over 50% of Canadian and US medical students are now female, one has to wonder about future work force implications, especially when these female docs decide to