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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 is the first time they […]

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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 start their own families and […]

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Top 10 iPhone Apps Every Medical Student Must Have

Updated: Nov 2014 If there’s one medical tool I use all the time when I’m on the wards, it’s my smartphone (iPhone). In fact, from personal experience, over 80-90% of my classmates, residents and staff physicians a smartphone daily. The reason why is more and more of our work is reliant on having the most […]

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Human Factors in Patient Safety

Just A Routine Operation from thinkpublic on Vimeo. A recent comment asked about sleep deprivation and patient safety. Should we trust doctors who have been up more than 24 hours in a row, when we know their decision making might be impaired? The debate on medical student/resident work hours is enough for a whole other […]

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Public Health Care Inefficiency

Wanted to post this yesterday, but the server was down. I’m all for voting and all. The results were surprising to me, especially the complete collapse of the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois. But DAAAAAAAAAAMN, lines were long. Elections Canada really has to hire more efficient staff. There were people sitting around doing NOTHING, while only […]

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Acute on Chronic Disease

As a medical student, high acuity cases initially scare you. Nothing like a patient decompensating on the ward while you are on call to get the adrenaline and anxiety going. Intubations, crashing patients, emergency surgeries, life-saving decisions are all big unknowns to a new medical student. Luckily, as you see more and more sick patients, […]

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Doctor Nepotism

To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art. – Hippocratic Oath I come from a family with physicians in it. […]

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Determinants of Health

“What really makes people healthy is not the health-care system but education, income, social status, housing, nutrition, having a sense of hope and a sense of the future. Those are the things that have far more impact on your health or my health than a health-care system.” – Dr. Louis Francescutti A good article published […]

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Five Charities You Should Know About

As a medical or university  student, you probably have more debt than money. However having said that, I still believe donating money to worthy causes is still one of the best things you can do with your finances. I am quite skeptical about a lot of charities out there especially when it comes to their […]

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A New Beginning

So starts my second year in the long arduous journey of medicine. In the last year, I feel as if I’ve definitely changed as a person; to what extent I still do not know. But I also find myself more focused now and a bit more certain about the kind of future I want to […]